This was a good interview that I think will touch people's hearts. I think it will also be a good complement to the Lights of Life ceremonies that Hospice Yukon is holding later in the day.
Whitehorse, Yukon (PRWEB) December 13, 2011
CBC Radio North in Whitehorse Yukon is scheduled to air their interview on December 15, 2011 with local author Ken Matthies on host Sandi Coleman’s ‘A New Day’ program which runs from 6:00 to 8:30 a.m. Pacific Time, on the topic of his recently published book “How to Survive the Death of a Child: A Father’s Story of Healing Light”. In the interview the author gives listeners a powerful personal insight into the emotional journey undertaken by him in the writing of his book.
Speaking with show host Sandi Coleman, Ken Matthies describes the sequence of events which took place during those moments of time in which he received the news of his pilot daughter’s death in a helicopter crash earlier that same morning. He describes the emotional impact of it which caused him to crumple to the floor in shock, the telephone falling from his hand in the process, and tells of the numbness which accompanied his actions in the hours that followed the devastating news of her sudden death.
Responding to a question about the creation of the book, the author describes how the writing of it actually began on the second anniversary date of her death, as inspired by his daughter’s mother and her belief in his ability to share in written form the stories and the details of their daughter’s life and her death as experienced by him. He also tells of their shared belief that the book forms a written legacy for their granddaughter, the young child to whom it is dedicated that was left behind by her mother’s sudden death. Ken Matthies speaks too of his early realization in the writing process that his words had the potential to be of help to other grieving parents looking to find healing from the loss of their child, just as he was himself in that period of time.
Host Sandi Coleman also queries the author about his personal connection to Hospice Yukon, a local area grief counselling service. In his response Ken Matthies details the crucial role the counselling received from this organization played in literally saving his life and pointing him towards a safe path which would ultimately lead to his personal healing. The interview is scheduled to air on the same day as Hospice Yukon’s annual Lights of Life ceremonies held to remember the lives of loved ones, to which the author is an annual attendee in support of those services. "This was a good interview that I think will touch people's hearts", stated Coleman following the prerecording of it. "I think it will also be a good complement to the Lights of Life ceremonies that Hospice Yukon is holding later in the day".
Readers of this news release and listeners to this interview interested in learning more about “How to Survive the Death of a Child: A Father’s Story of Healing Light” can visit http://www.kenmatthies.com to preview a chapter of the book. Anyone wishing to speak to Ken Matthies can contact him at 867-821-4004 for further information.
For over 40 years of his life Ken Matthies has been a writer and chronicler of life expressed in poetic form, following the family tradition laid down by his grandfather before him.
Faced with the dramatically life altering experience of his helicopter pilot daughter’s sudden death in 2002 he has also grown to become a literary author of true events based on his own life.
In addition to his first book “How to Survive the Death of a Child: A Father’s Story of Healing Light,” Ken Matthies is also the author of numerous grief healing articles, a lifetime’s accumulation of poetry and more recently written characterized true life stories – all of which are due for publication in 2012. His first work of fiction is currently a work in progress. He lives in the northern solitude and grandeur of a tiny southern Yukon village, an area which he says is a good place to tell his stories from.