Helpful Hints for Holiday Survival While Grieving Loss of Loved One by Sandra Brown Neahusan

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“How Could I Wish You Back From Heaven?” realistically describes the grief experienced by Sandra Brown Neahusan.

'How Could I Wish You Back From Heaven?'

When we look at a beautiful tapestry hanging on the wall we see a complete picture...turn it around and we see all the little strings and knots tangled together.

In the three and one half years since Sandra’s husband passed away, she has been through several birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays. These can be very rough times for those in grief. Memories flood at every level. She has these suggestions to help you:     

1.    Allow yourself to miss your loved one. It’s alright to feel sad and weepy at times. Tears are a natural expression of loss.

2.     Do not feel pressure to participate in all the holiday parties and family dinners. Write a letter to your family and friends explaining that you love them but you need some time to yourself. Tell them you appreciate the invitation and if you feel well that day you may join them for a short time.

3.     Start a new tradition. It is not disrespectful to your loved one’s memory to make a change.

Sandra hears from people every week who express their gratitude for her openness in sharing her grief experience. Her books are being shared all over the country. Many personal reviews can be found on the FaceBook page: Sandra Brown Neahusan Book.

She shares her experiences weekly in the GriefShare group she facilitates. Helping others work through their grief and sadness brings great joy and focus during her time of loss.

To listen to a radio interview conducted with Sandra by Ann Corcoran of, please follow this link:

“How Could I Wish You Back From Heaven?” will be available in the Book Gallery at the Miami Book Fair International, November 15-17, 2013.

This book is available on,, and, and from the author.

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