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SWAN LESSONS: A Bereaved Mother's Story of Courage and Discovery

Robert D Reed Publishers

SWAN LESSONS: A Bereaved Mother's Story of Courage and Discovery

$ 15.99


A Bereaved Mother's Story of Courage and Discovery

by Joyce A. Harvey

Military harassment, suicide, surviving the loss of an only child, after-death communication, and visitation dreams, Joyce A. Harvey’s book, SWAN LESSONS: A Bereaved Mother’s Story of Courage and Discovery, an account of a Marine’s struggles and a mother’s loss, combines all of these aspects in a story that reads like dramatic fiction.

SWAN LESSONS is an account of military harassment, a series of poor decisions, and the desperate suicide of a young Lance Corporal. It describes the daunting challenge of a bereaved mother attempting to proceed with a public career in the midst of profound grief. It is also an amazing story of ongoing communication with the spirit of her daughter Jennifer, through dreams, signs, and spiritual mediums, including George Anderson. The author tackles tough subjects such as whether to pursue a wrongful death suit with the military. She also takes on clichés that are typically said to the grief-stricken and helps readers understand why they are better left unsaid. She shares dreams where she was warned she might lose Jennifer, and dreams in which Jennifer visits following her death. As the book winds its way through the canyons of profound grief, it at the same time offers glimpses of hope, moments of utter astonishment, and examples of courage. The author skillfully weaves journal entries, as well as letters to and from Jennifer, to tell the story of a mother-daughter bond even death cannot sever.

Jack Canfield, of Chicken Soup for the Soul Enterprises, in referring to SWAN LESSONS stated, “This book picks up where the movie, A Few Good Men ends—with the family holding the pieces.”

About the Author: Joyce A. Harvey is a motivational and inspirational speaker and writer. She is the author of I’m Fine … I’m With the Angels, a children’s book on death and the survival of the spirit, and the author of How Do You Grow A New Heart?. She is a contributing author for Chicken Soup for the Grieving Soul, Chicken Soup for the Unsinkable Soul, and Chicken Soup for the Recovering Soul-Daily Inspirations. Ms. Harvey won second and fourth place in the 2000 Writer's Digest Writing Competition, Memoir category, out of 19,000 total submissions. Those stories along with others can be found in Joyce’s manuscript, Mystical and Magical Travel Tales, for which she is also seeking representation/publication.

 Joyce is a member of the Screen Actors Guild, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, American Gold Star Mothers, and the American Legion. She was selected as an “Outstanding Young Woman of America.” Ms. Harvey is active in the bereavement community. She frequently speaks on loss and has spoken at the annual conferences for The Compassionate Friends, The International Conference on Bereavement, Alive Alone, and In Loving Memory to name a few.

SWAN LESSONS: A Bereaved Mother's Story of Courage and Discovery
ISBN: 978-1-944297-90-9, 204 pages, 10 photos, $15.99
KINDLE eBook: 978-1-944297-91-6, $7.99

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Robert D. Reed Publishers
(541) 347-9882

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