New poetry collection recounts mother's loss to suicide

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Death of husband, son, inspires Linda Stilson to pen motivational poetry encouraging hope for survivors of loss

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In 2001, Linda Stilson lost a husband to cancer. Subsequently, depression took over her son's heart, causing him to end his life - and his pain - with a bullet. Both deaths left Stilson at the breaking point, but through poetry, she was able to express herself, the art eventually becoming her personal form of therapy. The lessons she learned from the loss of loved ones are given life and grace in her newest poetry collection. Through "Life's Journey Through The Bumps," (published by Xlibris) she wishes to share her experience with people going through the same suffering and to encourage them to find hope.

"Life’s Journey through the Bumps" is a spiritual and inspirational journey that the author has shared with hope that it helps others traveling that long journey that loss creates. "Loss is a brokenness that only those that have suffered a loss can relate to," Stilson says. "It is a long journey on a winding road with bumps and turns.”

With conviction, she asserts that suicide is a spontaneous end to pain. According to her, it is "the final result of an illness; not a sin or judgment. We need to take away the stigma that it is a sin and accept it as a disease, an illness. Instead of placing stigmas on people we need to educate them on the signs and symptoms of depression and suicide and get them help… just as you would for someone with cancer or diabetes."

A poignant collection of captivating verse weaves a riveting poetry that appeals to the heart. It translates an enduring message: there is beauty in life, but sometimes one has to search to find it.

“Life's Journey Through The Bumps”
By Linda Stilson
Hardcover | 6x9in | 166 pages | ISBN 9781499047998
Softcover | 6x9in | 166 pages | ISBN 9781499048001
E-Book | 166 pages | ISBN 9781499047981
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Linda Stilson grew up in upstate New York where she graduated high school and worked at a college as a secretary. She then joined the Air Force and was later married and raised her son and her two stepchildren. When her husband retired, they spent two years in Wilmington, N.C. finishing a project for Corning Inc. and then moved to Ariz. Stilson volunteered at a local traditional school and was known as “The Puppet Lady” and won Volunteer of the Year for her individual work with twin boys from Finland as well as their two older siblings. She is active at church and charity groups and her red hat group of 30 ladies earning her username “busyazlady.” She also delves into crafts and attends Occupational Therapy at local veteran’s hospital. She is a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans.

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