Odyssey of Ashes: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Letting Go by Cheryl Krauter Publisher: She Writes Press, (July 20, 2021) Category: Memoir, Grief, Loss, Healing Tour dates: August-September, 2021 ISBN: 978-1647421328 Available in Print and ebook, 168 pages
Description Odyssey of Ashes by Cheryl KrauterOdyssey of Ashes: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Letting Go begins with the sudden death of Cheryl Krauter’s spouse. Five months later, in a stroke of irony and magic, her husband wins a long-desired guided fly-fishing trip in a raffle―and Cheryl decides to go in his place, fulfilling a promise to scatter his ashes by a trout stream. Part I of this memoir is an account of the first year after Cheryl’s husband’s death, where she becomes an explorer in the infinite stream of grief and loss, a time traveler between the darkness of sorrow and the light of daily life. Part II concludes with stories of the poignant and humorous adventures she had during the ensuing year. Tying it all together and woven throughout is Cheryl’s account of the creation of an altar assembled during the three-day ritual of Los Días de los Muertos. Poetic and mythological, Odyssey of Ashes is a raw story of loss and the deep transformation that traveling through darkness and returning to light can bring.
Advance Praise Odyssey of Ashes by Cheryl Krauter“Cheryl Krauter's latest memoir, Odyssey of Ashes, is both a moving tribute to her late husband John and the celebration of an emergent woman who finds herself "being carried on great winds across the sky" in a cradle of intermittent sorrow and enlightenment. Written in an enjoyable flowing format with chapters divided between two main sections, Krauter's book will break your heart while channeling habits of self pity toward doing a greater good.. you’ll find good examples of ways to carry on.. Krauter shares personal, interesting anecdotes. I highly recommend this book for those who’ve lost a spouse and want to understand how one woman is working through it.”- Shawn LaTorre, Story Circle Book Reviews “In this engrossing memoir, Krauter shares her journey through the deep waters of grief. Her graceful writing reminds us that the cycle of love and loss is as natural as the river current, and it is only through fully embracing the force of the waters that dry land can eventually be found.” -Allison J. Applebaum, PhD, director of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Caregivers Clinic and editor of Cancer Caregivers “What a moving book about loss and mourning. Cheryl finds solace in, among other things, trout fishing, rituals, Buddhist wisdom―and, luckily for us, writing about her experiences.”-A.J. Jacobs, editor-at-large of Esquire magazine and author of Thanks a Thousand: A Gratitude Journey “With profound insight, Cheryl explores the spiritual nature of life and death, the sacred connection between love and loss, life and death. A work of depth and infinite caring, this book is ultimately a gift of love, hope, and survival.”-Cindy Rasicot, author of Finding Venerable Mother: A Daughter’s Spiritual Quest to Thailand
About Cheryl Krauter[caption id="attachment_9365" align="alignright" width="300"] (c) Nan Phelps[/caption] CHERYL KRAUTER is a San Francisco bay area psychotherapist with more than forty years of experience in the field of depth psychology and human consciousness. A cancer survivor, she is the author of Surviving the Storm: A Workbook for Telling Your Cancer Story (Oxford University Press, 2017) and Psychosocial Care of Cancer Survivors: A Clinician’s Guide and Workbook for Providing Wholehearted Care (Oxford University Press, 2018). She lives with her personal assistant, a cat named Amie. Website: http://www.cherylkrauter.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tellingcancerstories Twitter: https://twitter.com/CherylKrauter
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After recently losing my husband to cancer a few months ago, I found that Cheryl Krauter’s Odyssey of Ashes: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Letting Go really spoke to me. I felt connected to her and understood her emotions. Reading on how she was able to handle life without her love was so inspiring. It was a good to my soul type of read for me.
I am giving Odyssey of Ashes: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Letting Go a very well deserved five plus stars. I highly recommend it for readers who have experienced a loss of a spouse and see how another was able to cope. I would love for Cheryl Krauter another book about her grief and survive.
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