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A Five Star Review for Pennies From Heaven

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Pennies From Heaven

Pennies From Heaven

I was very humbled when I saw this review this morning. This book is very close to my heart and to know that it is being read and appreciated and  understood by those who read it is very humbling. Pennies from Heaven is not a how to book on grief. There is no such thing. It is a book filled with stories from others who have lost someone they loved. They have grieved and tried to heal in spite of the hole that remains in their hearts.
There is no set of rules for grief. There are however different steps of grief that we each must feel in order to move forward. If you stay stuck in any of those steps we cheat that person we grieve for. We cheat them of the life we had with them and their memories. Grief  and death are as much a part of life as living and being happy. We all must face it one day.
Pennies from Heaven doesn’t preach about the right or wrong way to grieve- it only shows how people have grieved and what they did after the grief was done. Everyone needs this little book. To read or to give away to someone who is grieving or about to grieve. It will help bring comfort – strength and hope to all.
5.0 out of 5 stars Soulfully Insightful… August 21, 2013
By GJLentz
Format:Kindle Edition
Death and grief are just one of those things in life we all have to deal with one day, and like many aspects of life that we all share, we do so in different ways and at different times. It can be very overwhelming, so reading these stories from different folks and their varying experiences and perspectives is quite the treasure. I’d recommend this book to anyone who has just lost a loved one, or someone- who after sometime- who is still coming to terms with their grief. Laugh, cry, be amazed, and move forward with these real life experiences and thoughts from folks just like me and you.

August 22, 2013 Posted by | Books | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Pennies From Heaven- I Want to Offer this Book to Hospice, Funeral Homes, Churches, etc.

Pennies From Heaven

Pennies From Heaven

Pennies from Heaven is not a a how too book about grief. There is no such  thing. It is instead a book that is filled with stories written by other people who have dealt with death and grief and came out on the other side. It is stories filled with raw emotions – where souls have been stripped to the core. You may ask why would someone put that much emotion out there for others to read. The reason is simple they knew that grief is worse than hard- sometimes it is impossible.

What my mission has become it to find places where this book can do the most good. I started with Hospice. The reason is simple. After the machines are turned off, after the death pronouncement is  made and after the family is shown the door, the next thing they get is the bill. Wouldn’t it be nice that before the bill arrives in the mail, and before they were escorted out the door they received something they could hold on too. Something they could read when they are alone after all the others have left. Something that would offer them comfort, hope and strength when there is no one there but them.

No one knows or understand the feeling of complete loneliness when they have lost someone they love until they experience it and they are home alone- When they have to fight the pain of sorrow, anger, denial, and guilt of surviving alone. Yes, it does happen all the time. What if they had this book they could pick up and read a story and hear that they they are not alone, to know that someone understood those feelings.

Pennies from Heaven can offer that.

So I decided to start with Hospice- however- I want to include Funeral homes, Chaplains, Churches- grief counselors   – You see there are times when a grief stricken person doesn’t want to talk or listen- but they can read in the privacy of their own home. They can see that others have gone through the process.

No this is not a how too book there is no such thing. Each death and each grieving is unique to that person. There is no time period no set standard, no set of rules. Grief is personal and many times private because people do not know how to reach out. They believe that no one has ever gone through what they have gone through. While on one level that is true- each person’s grief is unique to them. However, we have all lost loved ones to death- it is the circle of life. Understanding that may help someone to know that they are not alone. Pennies from Heaven does that.

So this is a reaching out to others, if you know a church, a funeral director, hospice, chaplain (even military) leave me a comment here or contact me. This book has purpose. It fills a need

 

August 18, 2013 Posted by | Books | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Pennies From Heaven Rates Another Five Star Review

Pennies From Heaven

Pennies From Heaven

There is nothing else I can add to this amazing review. Be sure and go to her site and look at all of her wonderful books. Including Hollowing Screams and Six Pack

Ms. Barbara Watkins who is very well known for her paranormal books have given Pennies from Heaven a five star review  http://barbarawatkins.blogspot.com/2013/07/pennies-from-heaven-by-award-winning.html?spref=fb

Inspirational Stories Written From the Heart

First and foremost, I want to give a personal ‘thank you’ to award winning author, Yvonne Mason, for assembling this amazing group of loving and caring individuals – she included. Bravo to, Debi DeSantis, on the amazing book cover design – absolutely beautiful.
‘Pennies From Heaven’ is a collection of inspirational stories expressing from the heart the pain and suffering of losing a loved one. We know death is inevitable, a part of life, a final departure. But how does one survive life when confronted with the death of a loved one – it really is a fight for survival for those left behind. There really is no right or wrong way – no recipe written or handbook to be read. We must each find our own way of coping with the depression, heartache, and the helplessness death brings.
This collection includes true stories of those who have experienced the loss of loved ones, and the journey they have taken to come to terms with their own grief. How difficult it must have been to share such personal experiences – yet, they did so in hopes that their story might help others begin to heal.
I highly recommend ‘Pennies From Heaven’ as each story is a tribute to the human spirit.

Five Stars all the way around…!

July 28, 2013 Posted by | Reviews | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Another Author Who has Written About Grief

Emerging Voices

Emerging Voices

I have just had the honor of reading a book by Laurel D Rund who lost her husband of many years. She wrote this little book to help her through the process of grief. She used her own artwork and her own poems to grieve. She has gone one step further and added places that one can write their own feelings and emotions as a journal entry.

She pours her heart and soul into her writings and art. One can plainly see the different stages of grief she traveled through as she completed her journey. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has suffered loss.

July 5, 2013 Posted by | Reviews | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Pennies From Heaven Receives its Second Five Star Review

Pennies From Heaven

Pennies From Heaven

Sadly death and grief do not come with a set of instructions and most people are blindsided when death visits them or the ones they love. Pennies from Heaven is not an instruction book on how to grieve. That would be like saying we all get to a destination by the same route. It just doesn’t happen. People grieve in many different ways. No one can tell another person that “I know how you feel.” No we don’t know how they feel. Their emotions are different from our own. We can only empathize with them – We can understand the grief but we don’t know how they feel.

Pennies from Heaven is compiled of stories from many different people from all walks of life who have lost someone they love. They all grieved differently- and it was neither right or wrong- it was just grief.

The second five star review for Pennies From Heaven  was posted last night and the reviewer said it the best:

“5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST HAVE for grieving!!! July 1, 2013

By Peter fundora
Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase
This book proves that grieving has no right or wrong way of doing it.
Everybody has different ways of dealing with death.
And this book proves it.This is a must read!!! Highly recommend this book.”
   If you are grieving or know someone who is this book may help you understand that your grief is okay. The way you are grieving is okay.
 The people who have contributed to this book reached way down deep into their hearts and souls and poured everything they had into writing their stories so that it might help someone else to heal. They gave unselfishly and willingly in order to help someone else.
    This book is now available on Kindle and Nook and Lulu.com In about six to eight weeks it will be available in paperback on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. You can also order directly through me by emailing me at ysam51@yahoo.com
  It will be the best money you ever spent!

July 2, 2013 Posted by | Reviews | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The First Review on Pennies From Heaven

The first reviews for Pennies from Heaven are appearing on Amazon. Horror Author Thom Futrell has put pen to paper after reading Pennies from Heaven. Thom got it. He understands why this book is so important. He gave this book a five star rating and highly recommends this book for every household. Death does visit each and every one of us if we live long enough.

 

“Pennies from Heaven is a book that I think no family should be without. Death walks through the living room of all of our lives and leaves a bit of himself as he leaves. These are stories of people who had to face death, and are willing to share those experiences so that no one has to feel alone in the world. What I took from this book is, we matter. All of us, every person on this Earth and every minute we have with them is precious and should never be taken for granted. My heart goes out to the people who had dealt with loss and to those who will in the future. Know this, no matter who you are, you are not alone”.–THOM FUTRELL, Author of Empty Graves

 

Pennies From Heaven

Pennies From Heaven

July 1, 2013 Posted by | Reviews | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Surprises Beyond Measure

Pennies From Heaven

Pennies From Heaven

Pennies from Heaven has only been released for a couple of days and already it has made the best seller list on Amazon Kindle. I am receiving orders left and right for signed copies of the book which is beyond humbling.

For those of you who don’t know what this little book is about let me just tell you.

Since 2008 I have had one death after another in my family. It all began with my father’s youngest sister who was killed in a head on collision in Alabama in 2008. Shortly after that my mother’s youngest sister was diagnosed with inoperable  cancer she left us in Dec 2010. In April of that same year my baby sister – the only sister I had was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia we lost her in July 2011. Then the tsunami began. Right after my sister died we lost my dad’s sister in law and the last two sisters he had. To say the grief hung over our family like a fog is an understatement. We didn’t have time to grieve before we lost another one.

Because of this I decided to grieve on paper. I guess one could say it was my therapy. I added to the cause by asking others who I had connected with on facebook if  they would be interested in doing the same. The response was overwhelming. Fifteen contributors added their story. Some added more than one. They all told me it helped them to grieve. They all have said that if their story helps one person to grieve and heal then the book has done its job.

Now you might say but I do believe in a higher power- no problem. There are several stories in there by people who do not believe in a higher power. It is their story and very worth telling. you might say but I have lost so many I don’t know where to start- There are stories about someone who lost many. You might say I lost a child no one knows how I feel. I agree no one knows your feelings however there  are stories about losing children and how the writer grieved and felt.

You might say but I haven’t lost anyone yet- but my family member is dying the slow death of dementia or Alzheimer’s well guess what there is a story about that too.

 

You might say I lost my parents know one knows how that feels, you are right we don’t know how your feel however we have stories of children who have lost parents and they told how they grieved.

You even might say I lost a beloved pet you don’t know how that feels. Again I say no we don’t know how you feel- however we have stories of people who lost their pet one is written by a teenager – they can tell you how they grieved.

This book is a book of love, hope – grief- and memories. It is told by those who wrote their own stories in their own way with their pain and heartache. They talk about how they coped or didn’t cope- how they felt and why they felt that way.

Pennies from Heaven is not faith based however it does have faith based stories it also have non faith based stories. It is a book written with love- pain and acceptance.

We wrote this book with the thought that if just one person could find comfort- strength and the ability to  grieve and move forward with the memories then our job has been done. Please take the time to order it and read it- give it to someone who needs it.

It is now available on Lulu.com on Amazon kindle and Nook – it can also be ordered directly from me and will be signed. If you want to order directly from me contact me at ysam51@yahoo.com

June 29, 2013 Posted by | Books | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Pennies from Heaven Has Gone to the Editor

Pennies From Heavan

Pennies From Heaven

 

For those of you who have been waiting for this little book of strength and comfort know that it has made its way to the editor. The next step is the publisher. The stories are as varied at the people who contributed to them.     Below is just one story of the many which are included in this book: Bear in mind this is the raw copy – which includes any errors which were corrected in the final draft. Many of the contributors are not professional writers they are just people who have a story to tell. These wonderful people offered to not only open their hearts and the pain of loss but they were also willing to put in on paper. A huge thanks go out to them.

 

 

Still Daddy’s Girl

My parents married for the first time, later on in life. I was born when they were in their 30’s. I was born on New Year’s Eve the following year, and was “Daddy’s girl” from the get go.

My Dad and I always had a very close relationship. He was a very loving Father, and put mine and my Sister’s needs before anything else in life. He did without, so we could have what we needed, or went without to give us “special, little things that would make us happy.”

He always had time for us. Every summer, he would put up a swimming pool for our enjoyment. He loved to take us fishing during the summer, and he would take us to carnivals, and to Peony Park which was an amusement park, here in Omaha, so we could ride the rides and play the games… I can still remember the good times we had, and the happiness, closeness and love that it left in my heart.

My Dad looked out for us in every way possible. Like any child, I thought he was being mean or controlling, when I would get chewed out or lectured “as I called it,” but he was always right and it was love coming from his heart, trying to protect his “little girl.” Dad’s thoughtfulness and wise words and kind heart made me the person that I am today, and I am proud of who I have become.

Throughout my life, my Dad and I always had a special bond. When I grew up, I would take care of him when he got older, just as he took care of me, and that is exactly what I did. I took care of him and my Mother in every way possible.

My Dad’s way of dealing with death was cut and dried. People died, you went to their funerals and paid your respects. He wasn’t one to believe in life after death.

After my paternal Grandmother’s death (his Mother) I had some experiences with life after death. I was very close to my Grandmother also. I told my Dad and my Mom about my experiences. My Mom believed me, because she has had “life after death experiences also.” My Dad was not a believer of such things and tried to debunk my experiences, even though I know in my heart my Grandma was trying to let me know that she was with me and still loved me.

My Dad had a long, chronic illness that was slowly killing him. I was very lucky to have him with me until 2010, when he turned 87 years old. In 2010 he was struggling worse than ever, and I knew that our time together was limited.

 

Decisions had to be made on whether to have them put a tube down his throat, to help him breathe, or to let him die with “dignity.” He had always taken care of me and even though I didn’t want my Dad, “who was my heart to die,” I had to make sure that he was comfortable and let him go peacefully, without suffering.

When the decision was made to let my Dad go, I didn’t leave his side. I held his hand and talked to him, and made sure he was comfortable. I thought that he would pass on quickly, but my Dad held on for several days, which I was believe “for his girls.”

 

About a week before my Dad died, he was in the hospital, and still talking. I remember Dad looking towards the door of the hospital room, when I was there, and he said “there’s Donnie, why don’t you go talk to him!” His brother “Donnie” had died around 8 years earlier. When he told me to go and talk to my Uncle Don, and he said it with such clarity, and I could tell by the look on his face he was truly seeing his brother. I knew that, Donnie had come to take him “home,” even before the thought of “letting Dad go” was even considered.

 

Another thing that my Dad was doing around the same time was, “acting like he was reaching into his pant pocket,” even though he was wearing a hospital gown. He kept doing this and “handing something to me.” He wanted me to open my hand so he could,  “put something in my hand.” I went along with it, because it was obviously something important to him, because he kept repeating this task. I asked him what he was giving me and he said “the keys.” I believe that he thought that he was reaching into his pants pocket and giving me the “keys to the house because he wanted me to have the house and remain in our home.”

 

I made the mistake of not responding to “taking the keys” and despite his 87 years of age and being so sick, his feistiness came out. He got a wee bit snippety and told me to “take the keys.” So, from there on out, he would reach into his pocket, take out the keys, I would take them from him and put them in my pants pocket. He repeated this, to make sure that I had the keys.

 

My Dad always liked to look nice when he went somewhere to visit. He would always be clean shaven, and smelling of cologne, and dressed in his nice pants and a nice shirt. Before his death, he couldn’t talk, but he took his hand and rubbed his chin area. He hadn’t  shaved for about a week. I asked him if he wanted me to shave him, and he shook his head “yes.”

 

I asked the nurse to shave him because I didn’t want to cut him with my unsteady hands. She shaved him and I took a wash cloth and washed his face, and wet his hair down and combed it back like he would wear it, and I told him “you can go now, you are Heaven’s little hottie.”

 

Later that night we were moved to a much nicer room on another floor because the ICU was needing the room. We had a newly remodeled room and my Sister slept on the couch and I took the recliner, and held his hand in mine, and we all fell asleep. The nurse woke me, to tell me “that it was getting close.” His breathing was getting shallow. Within 15 minutes or so, my Dad was gone, and my heart was breaking.

 

Once again, I looked at his face, as I had done with my Mom. All of the years of suffering and the lines on his 87 year old face disappeared. He looked happy and so peaceful! He looked so young, and happy again.

 

After my Dad’s passing I was going through some major depression. I had lost my Mom in 2009 and now my Dad in 2010. Other than my Sister, that was my only family. I was struggling to find a job, had people in my life that “claimed to be friends,” but were treating me terribly, and trying to take advantage of my kind heart. The people that said that they would be there for me, bailed and I was left alone or with people that were not treating me right, and I was hurting so badly, that I excepted that, when I should have slammed the door in their face.

 

My Dad had warned me about one of these people, when he was alive and I lived in “major denial,” and would get angry because of “the lectures.” This person was trying to take advantage of me and brought others into the picture. My life turned into a living hell in every way possible, and I can truly say that I had hit my rock bottom, and really didn’t want to be on this earth, living like this any longer.

 

There were people living in my household that I could not get out of here. They would not leave and the police said that they were “residents” and I would have to do a “legal eviction” which takes 30 days, so they could stay. There was stealing going on, and other things that were terribly wrong. I would sit here and cry and was giving up on my life.

 

I would cry myself into panic attacks, then would fall asleep. I would pray and talk to my Dad, even though I knew that he wasn’t with me and couldn’t help me. I would feel my Dad’s presence with me though. I felt like he was listening. One day, I realized that he was still with me.

 

I was sitting in the recliner watching TV, and I caught something out of the corner of my eye. I looked over towards the hallway, and saw my Dad, walking through the hallway.

 

He was not looking sickly and 87 years of age, but instead he looked young, and healthy again. I would see him from his head down to his chest. He was young looking again. He looked like he was maybe in his 40’s or 50’s. He was wearing a light weight, gray jacket that he always wore in the spring. He would walk from the upstairs door in the hallway, and then disappear at the end of the hall. This gave me comfort knowing that my Dad was still here with me, and he knew what was going on, and listening.

 

I had seen my Dad several times in the same exact place, and wearing the same exact thing. It eased my heart to know that my Dad, who did not believe in life after death, was visiting me when I needed him the most. Daddy was looking out for his little girl and this was easing some of the pain and helping me get through the things that I had been goingthrough.

 

Throughout this time, I never mentioned this to anyone.  One of my roommates came up to me though, and mentioned that he thought he saw my Dad. Well, before I opened my mouth and said anything, I asked him what he looked like, and he gave me the same exact description:  he looked younger and healthy, and  he would only see the upper half of him and he was wearing the same gray jacket. Now I knew that my Dad was making his presence known.

 

Over the next month or so, I would see my Dad. Even though we did not have any interaction, it gave me great comfort to know that he was there for me and I believe he is the reason that I struggled to go on, and got my household situation straightened out, and I was able to start my life over.

 

It means the world to me, knowing that my Dad of all people, the person that didn’t believe in “life after death,” made his presence known, and helped me in my darkest time. My Dad is still “my hero” even though he may not be physically with me right now, I know that he is still with me. I love you Dad, you are my heart!

 

Sharons father

Sharon J. Sobolik                                 Sharons’ Father

May 6, 2013 Posted by | Books | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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