New Zealand Woman’s Weekly

Lorraine’s emotional journey

- And the hardest?

What made you decide to write a book?

I have written a journal for most of my life and very much so throughout Marty’s illness. I found writing down my thoughts helped me deal with what I was experienci­ng at the time. I intuitivel­y knew I’d write about my life one day. After Marty passed, two clairvoyan­ts told me that I must write my book, so I knew I had to.

What do you hope people will get out of reading it?

An understand­ing that we all go through suffering in our lives and to know that through the suffering there’s always something positive to learn about ourselves and others and also, that we grow personally from that suffering. I share the tough times in my life and what helped me to get through those times, and to know that you can find joy again. It’s all about the choices we make, especially with our thoughts.

Was it difficult revisiting sad memories to write the book?

Absolutely, but it was incredibly healing as well, as when I wrote about the sad times, I realised that I had survived them.

What was the easiest part to write?

Dancing with the Stars was the most enjoyable to write about, as that was such an incredibly positive and fun experience. My father’s passing and Marty’s illness, passing and funeral – and the events that happened afterwards.

Who is the book dedicated to, and why?

Life, Loss, Love is about the past 53 years of my life. All that I have done and achieved in that period has been possible because of the love, generosity of spirit and kindness of significan­t people in my life. For all those beautiful people,

I am filled with gratitude.

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