New Book Offers Helpful Guide to Families on How to Deal with Trauma and Loss

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‘Upright On Broken Limbs’ is a self-help volume that offers effective strategies on how to successfully move forward in life when faced with life-changing ordeal.

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Highly inspirational and deeply meaningful, Upright On Broken Limbs by author Barbara J. Weekley addresses the other casualties of trauma and loss. It is a tool and guide designed to help the spouse and family members process the catastrophic event affecting their loved one. For Weekley, her husband’s Traumatic Brain Injury left her emotionally paralyzed and physically drained until she devised a simple “sense-ability therapy” which she could implement at any time of the day or night. She demonstrates how her “personal 911” experience evolved into a positive progression which piques the senses and strengthens the most forlorn spirit.

The author was inspired to write this volume because she noticed there is much information about the Traumatic Brain Injury patient, but barely any supportive information to help the spouse/caregiver or other family member who is likewise experiencing trauma of their loved one.

The book is a tool to help assist the spouse or family member of trauma in moving past their grief. It also aids in sensory awareness as they continue to move forward in their lives, embracing the changes as they go. The theme is how to successfully move forward in life when faced with life-changing trauma; learning how to deal with whatever life gives without feeling emotionally paralyzed.

This book is different because it addresses the trauma from the surviving spouse’s perspective rather than from the patient’s angle. It seems as if there is little out there to help the wife/husband adjust to how their lives will be different in lieu of their mate’s injuries.

Upright On Broken Limbs is a self-help book that is very relevant today. The author believes that people sadly tend to face more traumatic situations in life (i.e. Boston Marathon bombing, school shootings, 911, etc.) and are seeking ways to help relieve them of their pain and move forward in life.

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About the Author

Barbara J. Weekley has been writing small stories, poetry and personal journals for most of her life. Although she attended Urbana College in Urbana, Ohio, she boasts a number of non-academic degrees which include Marriage, Parenthood and Life. A grandmother today, she lives with her husband Charlie, in Sheffield Lake, Ohio, a small community that is nestled along and borders the stony beaches of the Great Lake Erie. She loves to laugh and never withholds her tears.

Upright On Broken Limbs* by Barbara J. Weekley
Trauma and Loss - A Spouse’s Guide
Publication Date: May 24, 2013
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 113 pages; 978-1-4836-3603-0
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 113 pages; 978-1-4836-3604-7
eBook; $3.99; 978-1-4836-3605-4

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