Faces of Grief: Stories of Surviving Loss and Finding Hope by Dr. Sherry L. Hoppe is Released Today

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Insights from well-known writers and more than 20 individuals who have experienced devastation in the valley of death.

Face of Grief, a compassionate book of surviving the loss of a loved one and finding hope, written by Dr. Sherry Hoppe, is being released today. The book shares the wisdom and thoughts of great writers, along with personal stories of more than 20 individuals who have found strength to go on with their lives after losing a precious child, a loving mother, a special sibling, or other loved ones. Though the tapestry of their lives may forever by woven with poignant threads of grief and sorrow, their courageous stories are testimonies of hope—hope that even though you will never get over your grief, you can get through it.

“I wrote Faces for grieving people who feel numb, immobilized and alone in their sorrow,” said Dr. Hoppe. “Because I found great comfort and gained insight from the words of others who have experienced the death of a loved one, I wanted to share their thoughts, as well as the wisdom of some well-known writers."

Death arrives on our doorstep with more questions than answers. At its deepest level, our grief is wordless. We try “empty, “lost,” “heartbroken,” and countless other formations of letters, but none seem adequate to convey the deep sadness that threatens to swallow us in a sea of sorrow, said Hoppe.

Anger sometimes erupts over the loss-anger at the heavens that their loved one was taken, anger at the departed for leaving them alone, and anger at themselves for not making the best of the time they had together. When rage subsides and they are ready to deal with the range of emotions, it is then time to look for answers and insight.

“Life’s lessons about dealing with grief and searching for hope when we feel hopeless surround us daily--in the inspirational lives of friends and strangers, in nature, in our faith, and in the depths of our souls,” said Dr. Hoppe,“I hope Faces will open the door to some of those places and help guide and sustain those suffering through the depths of their grief to the other side."

Sherry Hoppe is the author of Sips of Sustenance: Grieving the Loss of a Spouse and A Matter of Conscience, Redemption of a Hometown Hero, Bobby Hoppe, which gained nationwide attention in USA Today and ESPN. She has also authored and edited books on adult education for the academic market.

Dr. Hoppe’s first career was as a counselor before getting her EdD in higher education and entering the academic world. She is the retired president of Austin Peay State University and served as president at Roane State College and Nashville State College.

For more information, please go to http://www.WakestonePress.com.

Faces of Grief, Stories of Surviving Loss and Finding Hope, July, 2011.
Published by Wakestone Press, Nashville, Tennessee
ISBN: 978-1609560102, US $18.99

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