Grief Support for You
Help! I’m Raising My Grandkids: Grandparents Adapting to Life’s Surprises
In America, 10% of all grandparents are raising their grandkids, and the percentage is going up. Two acronyms have come from this trend, GRG for grandparents raising grandchildren, and GAP, for grandparents acting as parents. You may be raising your grandkids, a role you never expected. Each day, you look for ways to make life easier. Well, help has arrived. This resource blends Harriet Hodgson’s unbelievable story with research findings and caregiving tips. Though the book came from heartbreak, it is filled with hope. You may find yourself cheering for all the loving grandparents – including you – who are putting grandkids first. Help! I’m Raising My Grandkids is available from Amazon.
Happy Again! Your New and Meaningful Life After Loss
“Will I survive? Will I ever be happy again? Questions that Harriet Hodgson asked herself after she was left to raise her twin grandchildren, while grieving for four family members, including her daughter. Harriet reminds us that we are not alone in our grief and, though losses may define our lives, they will not destroy them. This book tugged at my heartstrings. Harriet’s account of a journey from despair t hope is filled with practical suggestions on how to once again have a meaningful life. Happy Again! inspired me and I think it will inspire you.”
“Harriet Hodgson speaks wisely and compassionately from the very depths of her soul. Engagingly written with personal experiences, psychological insights, and practical wisdom, she transforms crushing tragedy to growth and positive affirmation of life.”
Available from Centering Corporation, $10.95
The Spiritual Woman
Women are very aware of their emotions. Sometimes we’re so happy we think we will burst. Other times we’re so burdened we fear we will collapse. How can we go on? This collection of 365 quotes, one for each day of the year, will energize you. Every quote is a spark of hope. As you read them, the spirit of woman starts to take shape. By the end of the book this image is virtually complete. Let these quotes – and the spirituality within you – lead you to a rich and fulfilling life.
Available from Centering Corporation
101 Affirmations To Ease Your Grief Journey: Words of Comfort, Words of Hope
Grief is a stressful, scary experience. You wonder if you’ll make it to the next minute, let alone day. How can you lift your spirits? Reading these affirmations is one way.
Each affirmation is followed by a focus word or words that you may use for self-evaluation, support group discussions, meditation, or prayer.
101 Affirmations to Ease Your Grief Journey is your grief companion, a gift for yourself, and others who mourn. This concise resource is available from Amazon and sells for $6.99.
Writing to Recover
This concise resource captures the realness and work of grief. Writing simply and from experience, Hodgson has many suggestions for reconciling and recovering from grief. Her proactive steps lead you towards healing and help you find hope again.
Writing to Recover, ISBN 978-1-56123-206-2, sells for $9.95. Available from Centering Corporation or Amazon.
Writing to Recover Journal
The 100 prompts in this companion resource keep you on the recovery path and writing about grief. Get one for yourself. Give one to a grieving friend.
Writing to Recover Journal, $6.95. To order these grief resources call 1-866-218-0101. Ask for Centering Corporation’s free catalog.
Smiling Through Your Tears:
Anticipatory grief is a feeling of loss before a death or dreaded event occurs. Though you can’t avoid it, you can get through it, and this book is filled with 114 Healing Steps that lead you to your healing path.
Available from Amazon.
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Member, MN Coalition for Death Education and Support
Harriet Hodgson has been an independent journalist for 35+ years. A prolific writer, she is author of 31 books and hundreds of print and Internet articles. Hodgson is a columnist for Caregiving in America magazine and is also an Open to Hope Website contributing author. Her writing comes from experience and Hodgson has shared her experiences on more than 160 talk shows, including CBS Radio, and dozens of television stations, including CNN. After her elder daughter and former son-in-law were killed in separate car crashes, Hodgson became a GRG – grandparent raising grandchildren.
Harriet Hodgson, BS, MA
1107 Foxcroft Lane SW
Rochester, MN 55902, USA
- Harriet discusses recovering from multiple losses on Healing the Grieving Heart.Click here to listen (second half of the hour).
- Hear Harriet talk about multiple losses on the Blog Talk Radio program, Gab with the Gurus. To listen, click here.
- Want to hear what anticipatory grief is really like? Listen to my interview with Jacqueline Marcell, hostess of “Coping With Caregiving,” a monthly, Internet-only program broadcast worldwide. To hear the program click here. Jacqueline is the author of “Elder Rage,” on the web at www.elderrage.com