Self-help book, After the Flowers Die launches in Moose Jaw
A Side: Delores Perry & Stan Gardner Marge Gardner & Irwin Manske
B Side: Milly Molloy & Maria McKay Leona Duncan & Bob Ariss After losing her son nine years ago, Melanie Delorme started to write down how she felt in a journal to help deal with her pain. During her process of grieving, she met others who were experiencing similar pain and decided to write a self-help book. She gathered all her journals and authored, After the Flowers Die—a handbook of heartache, hope and healing after losing a child. She recently launched the book in Moose Jaw. As an English teacher, Melanie loves writing and decided to channel hurt and grief into hope for others. She says this book offers support to bereaved parents and highlights the different stages of grief that they may go through and how to deal with them. “I wrote it in memory of my son, Garrett, who was accidently killed nine years ago when he was shot hunting, out with his dad and his friends. Della Ferguson was a big part of our healing process when we came for counselling so I reconnected with her when I wrote my book and she was happy to have me here to speak about this book.” The book was launched officially in June this year and Melanie has been doing journaling workshops and sharing her story with others who are dealing with grief. Even though the process of writing was often an emotional one, Melanie says she found healing through documenting how she felt. “It took me about a year to write. There’s a section I wrote about the day my son died and that was the section I wrote about last. It was very emotional but at the same time healing. I’ve had journaling workshops and conferences where I spoke about the book and how it can affect people’s lives and help them heal.”
She says the book provides support and reaffirms readers that they are not alone. “The main reason I wrote this book is because I didn’t want any other bereaved parent to feel alone. I want people to pick up this book and feel support and not hopeless because there’s no worse feeling than feeling hopeless.”
So far, persons have been giving the book great reviews. “There has been nothing but positive feedback and that’s a big relief. You never know how people will respond when you put yourself out there so it was really great to hear positive feedback from those who have read the book, especially from persons who are grieving generally, those who have not lost a child. I’m happy this book can help them”
After the Flowers Die can be found at Chapters in Regina, Amazon and any other online bookstore. For more information on this book, you can also visit www.melaniedelorme.com.
Melanie Delorme, author of After the Flowers Die.