||Oct 1, 2010, Rev June 2013
Emerging Voices is a compilation of Laurel D. Rund's original artwork and poetry that speaks to the many faces of loss, grief and renewal. The book was revised to include prose and new artwork in June 2013.
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About the Book - Emerging Voices
Emerging Voices is a book of poetry and artwork that I composed in 2010 to describe the feelings of grief and loss I experienced after the death of my husband of 42 years. The bereavement community, friends and family encouraged me to share what I had written because they felt that my words resonated with other individuals who had encountered a loss of their own.
♦ “Reading Laurel’s poetry is like having a magical, mystical encounter with your heart. It’s a transcendental experience and a beautiful celebration of the human spirit.” Linda Commito
Loss and grief is a heart-rending experience and each one of us embarks on that journey in our own way. The mourning process is just that, a process, and there is no magic “time” for an individual’s grieving to end. Sometimes it feels as if the pain and sorrow from loss will never let up. These emotions are very raw and really hurt, but accepting them and allowing yourself to feel what you feel is necessary for healing to take place.
While leaving a permanent wound on your heart and soul, in time grief softens its hold. This tender scar can be reopened without warning, however, by an unexpected nuance or life event; and sorrow takes hold once again. As the Hospice Foundation of America has observed:
♦ ”Instead of a series of stages, we might think of the grieving process as a roller coaster, full of ups and downs, highs and lows. Like many roller coasters, the ride tends to be rougher in the beginning; and the lows may be deeper and longer.
♦ The difficult periods should become less intense and shorter as time goes by, but it takes time to work through a loss. Even years after a loss, especially at special events such as a family wedding or the birth of a child, we may still experience a strong sense of grief.”
Emerging Voices has a purpose - to serve as a healing catalyst for anyone who has experienced a loss. The art and poetry within is a testimony to what can happen when we acknowledge loss and grief in all its forms. It allows for the discovery of a new perspective which will lead you on a journey of self-discovery and renewal.
Writing helped me heal during that traumatic time and my wish is that my words offer solace and hope for others. Today, when I meet someone who has experienced a loss, I do not say “I’m sorry.” I say, from a knowing heart, “I understand.” Laurel D. Rund
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An Amazing Book for the proess of hard change to acceptance
An amazing book for the process of hard change to acceptance, October 9, 2010
By ellen "ellen in atlanta" (Atlanta, Georgia USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Emerging Voices (Paperback)
Laurel Rund has written a concise book for some of the hardest moments in our lives and allows us to grow and overcome the hurt with triumph.
Using her own poetry and her own artwork, she takes us on a journey.
Each of us having gone through a process of loss to misquote Shakespeare, curse the heavens and wonder why. There is anger and dismay.
Then we in time find the process of what loss is to our own lives and we in turn learn to live again.
There are lined pages making this beautiful and useful book a journal for someone going through the same journey to voice their feelings and thoughts and that will make this a great keepsake for people in need of solace.
That's what this book is gentle solace, a hug when we need it, a hand we can hold in hard times.
Laurel Rund has beautifully placed the words we wish we could think when someone needs respite and to know there is life literally and figuratively after this.
Very beautifully written work.
This review is from: Emerging Voices (Paperback)
"Emerging Voices" is more than just a beautifully constructed piece of original artwork and poems...it's thought provoking, emotionally inspirational and the author's poetic expressions are totally relatable. It's one of those amazing gifts that keeps giving with the turn of each and every page. Just when you think you've found your favorite picture or poem, yet another tugs at your soul. What I truly love about this book is the author's foresight in providing lined pages for YOU to journal your OWN thoughts and feelings. Brilliant! I love, love, LOVE it!!
A journey through grief to hope
Anne L. Holmes, APR -- "Boomer in Chief"
National Association of Baby Boomer Women
Emerging Voices is a compilation of Laurel D. Rund's original artwork and inspirational poetry that speaks to the many faces of loss and/or life transitions. Written after the death of her husband, Laurel says the book's purpose is to encourage the reader to record her own thoughts and feelings. Which is why the book includes a unique feature: blank journal pages after each selection.
There are 14 poem-artwork pairings here, which deal with some of the hardest moments in our lives, the loss of a loved one, whether in death or some sort of challenging separation.
As you read the book, you will not wallow in your grief or be incapacitated by it. Instead, via the media of her words and art, she takes you on a journey that shows you how to grow through that grief and overcome the hurt with triumph.
Doubtless each of us experienced a major loss. We've been through a process of loss, as documented by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross. We know that we will pass through stages beginning with denial and anger, then passing on to bargaining, depression, acceptance. We will ask, "Why me?" and "Why now?" Then once we process our grief, we are able to learn to live again.
by Anne Holmes editor-in-chief of
You can almost hear Laurel's voice helping you through the stages as you read the poems in this book - (which therefore, should be read in order, from front to back.)
Laurel Rund truly takes you on a journey to your heart in this book. Through her unique combination of words and art you will find your own unique thoughts and feelings begin to surface. And then you will find your own unique voice emerging.
As Laurel says, "Listen to your music... Find your rhythm... Celebrate this dance called Life!" She urges you to find your own unique feelings, listen to your Emerging Voice, embrace your human spirit... And write, write, write!
So much more than an illustrated book of poetry, this is an invitation to a journey of self-discovery. You'll want to make time to read the whole book in one sitting. So block out some free time and grab your ticket now!
One last word: If you are as entranced with the beautiful illustrations as I was, you will be pleased to know that Laurel's images from the book are available for purchase on her website in the form of multi-media embellished greeting cards and prints. Additionally, four of the images are available in their original format. You can also contact Laurel about custom prints or custom note cards.
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