'Journeys of Heartache and Grace' Garners Honorable Mention Indie Excellence Award

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Award-winning book, Journeys of Heartache and Grace" garners Indie Excellence Book Award

Melody Chatelle's inspiring and groundbreaking book, "Journeys of Heartache and Grace - Conversations and Life Lessons from Young People with Serious Illnesses" has garnered an Honorable Mention nod from the highly regarded Indie Excellence awards.

The full award list can be found at this link - http://www.indieexcellence.com/indie-results-2009.php .

"I'm very touched and humbled that the book has been recognized as a useful and inspiring tool for people of all ages dealing with chronic and terminal illness both as caregivers and as patients," said Chatelle.

"Journeys of Heartache and Grace - Conversations and Life Lessons from Young People with Serious Illnesses" is a positive, practical and poignant book about a journey we will all face with our loved ones and ourselves: the ending of our lives. Melody Chatelle approaches this topic from the viewpoint of seriously ill young people who have little to hide or hold back. She hears and writes about their personal journeys, how they want to be treated, what they have to say about their own lives, and how people of all ages can deal with their own pending mortality.

Through interviews with 13 young people with serious illnesses, Melody Chatelle has drawn wise guidance from the mouths of children. Her book is a must read for caregivers, clergy, hospice professionals, medical personnel, social workers, counselors and the population at large given that all of us face times of medical uncertainty involving people of all ages in the work we do and the lives we lead.

http://www.chatelleandassociates.com/video.htm - Watch Melody Chatelle's interview about the book at this link. Chatelle's book continues to garner accolades and testimonials for moving and poignant content for caregivers and those struggling with terminal illness.

Chatelle's blog can be found at - http://www.journeysgrace.wordpress.com and she is a regular speaker at many different hospital and hospice events across the nation.

The book is available now in hardcover, 250 pp. $18.95 or paperback, 220 pp. $16.95 through Langmarc Publishing as well as on Amazon.

For reviewer copies please request Nettie AT Nettiehartsock.com .

If your audience is interested in a speaker on grief, illness, caregiving and end of life issues, please contact Melody Chatelle's publicist Nettie Hartsock, nettie AT nettiehartsock.com or phone 512-396-1067 to schedule an interview. '

"This book is a must read for anyone who wants to support a loved one through a serious illness. It provides straightforward answers to a difficult question: How can I help?"--Joy H. Selak, Ph.D., Author

"If you've ever wondered what to say when someone is really sick, this book is a must read."
--The Honorable Ron Kirk, 16th United States Trade Representative and Former Texas Secretary of State and Mayor of Dallas

"I have been profoundly inspired by the courage, strength and optimism of children facing serious or terminal illnesses. Just as I have learned from them to embrace life every day, everyone reading this book will be deeply touched and moved to fully embrace the blessings of life."
--The Honorable Chet Edwards, Member, United States Congress

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