Biblical Fiction or Biblical Fantasy

Biblical fiction or fantasy

The truth about Biblical fiction is that those of us who write in this genre generally believe the Bible. I say generally, because over the years I have read books supposedly in this genre, but the writer has taken a person, or part of the Bible then write a version of their own.

Biblical fiction or Biblical fantasy

I like Biblical fiction and have learnt a lot from good Biblical fiction writers. In the story there might be a character or a few of them who are not named in the Biblical narrative, but the plot line follows the Biblical narrative.  On the other hand, to readers like me, Biblical fantasy takes a person, or situation and then uses it as a base for his or her own version. For readers like me this is more than disappointing.

How to tell if it is Biblical Fiction or fantasy

First to find it.

  • Go to Amazon
  • Find books or Kindle in the drop-down list.
  • Type in Biblical Fiction 
  • Choose a book from the list
  • Read the ‘blurb.’
  • Download a sample if you are not clear from the ‘blurb.’
  • Scroll down and read the categories it is listed in. (In Product details.)

Here are two examples of Product details. One is a by a Biblical fantasy writer, the other is by a noted Biblical Fiction author.

Listing for Biblical fantasy

Under the ‘Best Sellers Rank’ section you will see the categories the book is listed in.

Then you choose what you are interested in.

As an award-winning author

My aim was, and is, to tell the truth of the Bible in a way that brings the people to life. 
This led to months of research, in fact –years. I am still researching, checking facts and comparing articles, Bible studies, and sermons from different sources.

I receive many newsletters offering me ‘tricks’ to have my books ranked more highly on Amazon. In many cases this is listing the books in wrong categories to make them near the top. I prefer honesty.
The Apostle John Series is Biblical fiction based on fact. Yes, there are characters in them that are not in the Bible, there is no record of the Apostle John having had a family. However, all the events are from John’s writings. The books were written with the Bible open on my desk.

You can find a list here.

https://www.amazon.com/s?k=Susan+MB+Preston&i=stripbooks-intl-ship&ref=nb_sb_noss

The Novellas

Side stories of fictional characters in the books of the series. Not Biblical in themselves, but cover the themes and characters.

I enjoy good Biblical fiction, but each to his or her own taste.

This is been part of a short series of blog posts on Accuracy in Biblical Fiction, and research.

It is my hope that it has been helpful.

God bless

Susan

Breathless, normal… or something more

Being breathless has many causes… so many it is generally categorized as shortness of breath. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shortness_of_breath

 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Labored_breathing

However, it can be the symptom of something much more sinister. Let me share my first brush with the dark side of being breathless.

Shortly after our marriage my husband had to take early retirement. He had been in and out of hospital in those first nine months we were married. I used to joke and say it was like a pregnancy. Not that it ended after the nine months, but by then we were used to it.

breathless and frustrated

Something that frustrated him greatly was the attitude of others, sometimes even hospital staff – “Oh it’s only asthma,” or worse, the people who thought he was malingering.

Well, ultimately that ‘malingering’ took his life… and that is what this ‘breathless’ blog is about.

My late husband was a great ‘case study’ for many training doctors. So many potential diagnoses were proffered, but still no definite statement saying – “This what is wrong with you…”

About twelve years before he died I remember how pleased he was when his lung specialist said that the condition was ‘Fibrosing Alveolitis’. Finally he had a name, a hook to hang his symptom on. Little did we know, and looking back it is just as well we didn’t know, that those words were a death sentence. Yes, that had been a reality for many years… severe asthma on top of pre-existing chronic lung disease. He was on ‘fast-lane’ ambulance priority – and there were interesting experiences of the ambulance driving the wrong way heading down an off-ramp onto the freeway… and short-cutting through business carparks.

Yes, I had done internet searches at the time,

… but could find nothing other than vague mention of interstitial lung disease (which meant nothing to us, and provided no information then either). So, yes, there was a ‘hook’ to hang the symptoms on, and the regular and sometimes frightening urgent admissions to hospital. There was nowhere to go with this information though.

Because we did not know the danger, or the risks, for the first time my beloved husband/best friend travelled overseas for the first time. He loved meeting our church brethren in the US, and had damp eyes when we flew out of the airport. As for my home town, Peebles in Scotland, he likened that to Brigadoon – although I assured him it was there every day. We had two more trips, scrimping and saving with our eyes on the goal!

Neither of us guessed in that last year we went, that he was suffering from anything other than the effects of a stubborn infection. In fact his lung specialist gave him two different types of antibiotics that he was to take if the ‘infection’ did not improve.

Cutting out a whole ‘lump’ of frightening experiences, bringing him home from that last overseas trip was … well, I don’t think there are words for it. Yet, there were many people who stepped in to help.

On our return to Perth, my husband went to hospital. He was on 15 litres (that’s fifteen not one point five,) of oxygen per minute. Then he needed more on walking to the ensuite bathroom in his hospital room. We remarked that he had never needed that much before, but still had no idea of what the next few weeks would bring. Without question we accepted that at home he would need two large oxygen converters hooked together to supply the oxygen he needed… and many other trappings of dying – without any sense of reality penetrating.

It was on his second admission that he worked out that he was dying – and it was confirmed when he asked his new respiratory consultant.

However, this post is not about a person – nor the experience – it is about a condition, a terminal condition. Possibly more terminal than the diagnosis of lung cancer. There is a lot of information available online now. I found it after my husband had died, and I was putting together a journal on his ‘last journeyings’.

Can you do something to help sufferers of Pulmonary Fibrosis (as it seems to be called now)?

Yes.

  • If you are breathless and have any symptoms that worry you – check with your doctor. Ask for a referral to a Respiratory specialist.
  • Ask, and keep on asking – if you want to know. There are treatments today. A lot more information is known nowadays. There is help.
  • Don’t judge people you might think are ‘malingering’. They might be fighting a hard battle. Remember, you are not walking in their moccasins.
  • If you have a cold or ‘flu symptoms – please do not visit someone you know has a respiratory illness.
  • If you see an appeal for PF (or Pulmonary Fibrosing) please donate. A few coins in a tin, a larger donation, or find out about it and raise awareness… please donate.

Remember the last time you felt breathless!

Susan

DISCLAIMER

I am not writing this on behalf of any organization, or making an official appeal. I am remembering the daily struggle my beloved husband went through. Being smothered by your lungs is not pleasant. (That’s what he was told was happening to him – when his new specialist decided to be honest with him.)

There are many ‘Cinderella’ causes. It seems this is one of them.

 

The Stone of Scone

Scones

The Stone of Scone has many names which I will mention later, but one of the most prominent difficulties is one of mispronunciation. Scone, to me, means fluffy baked goods as pictured – also identified by myself as ‘biscuits’ in my trips to hotels in Southern America.

It is actually pronounced  ‘Scoon.

The Stone of Scone (/ˈskn/Scottish GaelicAn Lia FáilScotsStane o Scuin)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stone_of_Scone

The Stone of Scone…

Here are some of those other names for the Stone of Scoon.

The Stone of Destiny; the Coronation Stone; the Stone of Jacob; and others including the Bethel Stone.

History

  • In 1292 John Balliol was the last king to use the Stone of Destiny.
  • In 1296 it was captured by Edward I of England and taken to Westminster Abbey in London.
  • It sat under the coronation chair, where English and British sovereigns sit during their coronation, for 700 years.
  • On Christmas Day 1950, four nationalist Scottish students removed the stone from Westminster Abbey and brought it back to Scotland. After a public outcry, it was found a few months later at Arbroath Abbey, draped in a Saltire, and taken back to Westminster Abbey by the police.
  • It was last used at the coronation of HM The Queen in 1953.
  • On St Andrews Day (30 November) 1996, the Stone of Destiny was returned to Scotland amid much ceremony and celebration and put in Edinburgh Castle alongside the Honours of Scotland. About 10,000 people lined the Royal Mile in Edinburgh to watch a procession of dignitaries and troops escort the stone from the Palace of Holyroodhouse at the bottom of the mile, to the castle.

https://www.visitscotland.com/about/uniquely-scottish/honours-scotland-stone-destiny/

In the bullet point history lies a wealth of feeling, especially if you have a tendency to Scottish Nationalism.

Sitting on the Stone of Scone

Stone of Scone replica
By sarniebill1 - https://www.flickr.com/photos/sarniebill/3481265834/, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6886393

I sat on this replica of the stone when I was about nine or ten years old. Every week Primary School students paid threepence ). (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Threepence_(British_coin)
This money was used to take the class on an outing… then one of historical significance. The site of Flodden Field, the Battle of Bannockburn as well as other Scottish historical sites. One of these was to Scone (Scoon) Abbey and the replica of the Coronation stone of the kings of Scotland. It was long before the days of digital cameras, so I have no evidence, but I guess my surviving classmates also sat on this replica ‘stone of destiny.’

Concluding

So, although it may sound like a stale tea time pastry, the Stone of Scone is an ancient symbol of Scottish sovereignty. According to legend, the sandstone slab was used by the biblical figure Jacob as a pillow when he dreamed of a ladder reaching to heaven and then brought to Scotland by way of Egypt, Spain and Ireland.
Nov 14, 2016
Copied from www.history.com – but site temporarily blocked.

And it is pronounced Scoon.

Language is a strange thing.

Susan

Blame or Choice?

blame leads to a fight

With all the riots, protests and demonstrations in so many places around the world, blaming someone else is easy. It is usually someone in authority we point the finger of blame at, but are we joining a herd response?

On a personal level, who is to blame for the fact I have not had an Internet connection for a few days?

Does it really matter?

Perhaps.

There were many mistakes, as well as frustrations, but the start of it all was a choice I made.

Nearly every situation that goes wrong can trace itself back to a choice on our part or, in this instance, on my part. It should have moved smoothly but it did not.

The blame game

pointing the finger of blame

Pointing the finger and blaming someone else is not a ‘new’ phenomenon. Currently in many countries in the world there is a lot of pointing fingers of blame. It is more prevalent in recent times, but the history of blaming someone else takes us back to the beginning of recorded human history.

Most people know the story of Adam and Eve and the serpent… some blame the serpent, some blame Eve, some blame Adam.

Which of them was to blame?

My opinion? We can rule out the serpent. As it says in Genesis 3: 1 “Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made…

The serpent did not force either of them to eat the fruit of the tree they were told not to eat. He distorted what God had said, but first the woman chose to disobey God’s instructions, then Adam also disobeyed.

They each made choices, and neither of them accepted the blame for the choice they had made.

When questioned by God later… Adam excused himself by saying “the woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree and I ate.” Gen 3: 12

Interesting. Adam blamed the woman… and is there a hint of blame toward God? ‘The woman whom You gave me.’ Sounds a bit as if there is.

Adam also blamed Eve. Yet Adam had been instructed by God before this incident. He should have intervened.

Was Eve to blame?

Traditionally she has been blamed, but look at her response.

She blamed the serpent. Her response to God’s question was ‘The serpent deceived me and I ate.”

In fact, neither she nor Adam took responsibility for their own actions.

Are we any different? Do we accept blame if we have made a wrong choice?

Each of us is the only one who can answer that. Can we do it honestly?

Interesting story here

If asked, how would we respond if questioned about the actions we took, or chose not to take?

Something to think about,

God bless

Susan

The death of a child

death of a child brings pain

 

The death of a child is always horrendous, whatever the reason. But what if the child is missing, presumed dead? A thread of hope perhaps?

As a relative of one missing person relates… “… [the sister of the missing person] said her parents still suffered from the doubt surrounding the disappearance.”

www.news.com.au/news/vanished-without-a-trace-the-mystery-of-the-girls-who-went-missing/news-story/1f9da6564bf58fdfb6f6532c5e7b5d2f

What’s worse? Missing, presumed dead, or confirmation of the death.

Any parent whose child has died will tell you a similar thing. You don’t ‘get over’ the death of a child, but over time you get used to it, but there is always that ‘empty chair,’ that space in the heart.

Murder is not the only cause of death though.

death of a child is traumatic

Death of a child by suicide

This leaves so many unanswered questions for those who are left behind.

Suicide accounted for 1.4% of all deaths worldwide, making it the 18th leading cause of death in 2016. https://www.who.int/mental_health/prevention/suicide/suicideprevent/en/

Stigma – some people never admit that their child was a suicide. Those who know the family sometimes avoid the subject.

The isolation of the parent(s) is therefore increased.

Guilt and blame – Feeling guilty about an argument with a child before the suicide? The cause was more than one argument. For a child (or anyone) to commit suicide the causes have been building up for a long time.

“Losing any relative to suicide is traumatic, but there’s probably no greater nightmare [than losing a child to suicide], since parents feel their job is to support their children, care for them, make them happy, and make their lives good, so suicide can make parents feel like a failure in this most important job of their lives,” he commented. (Dr Zisook)

https://www.psychiatryadvisor.com/home/topics/suicide-and-self-harm/those-left-behind-working-with-suicide-bereaved-families/

Disease as the cause of the death of a child

The picture that springs to mind is of Mum and/or Dad sitting by the bed of a child dying of cancer, or leukaemia, but there are many more causes of death of a child. Some of this is dependent on what part of the world in which the family lives. Starvation, dysentery, pneumonia or other diseases which could be cured by antibiotics are distressing causes of childhood deaths.

This report gives some information https://www.unicef.org/health/childhood-diseases

There are other causes

Perhaps, like me, you, or someone you know has had ‘the knock’ and there is a policeman or two on the door.

https://www.susanprestonauthor.com/why-i-hated-silent-night/

My thoughts and prayers are with those whose children have died, I know the shock and I know the pain.

God bless

Susan

Father’s Day, Australia

Father's Day Australia in spring

Father’s Day in Australia is on Sunday 6th September. Well, this year it was. It falls each year on the first Sunday in September. Mother’s Day is on the second Sunday in May.

There are many ‘picky’ comments about why the day is celebrated on different days in the countries that ‘keep’ it, however, in this post, I will look at the origin. At the same time, I recognize that this is not a ‘happy’ time for many children, or fathers. Although it is another subject,  I wanted to recognize this fact.

Origin of Father’s Day

“In May of 1909, Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane, Wash., sat in church listening to a Mother’s Day sermon. She decided she wanted to designate a day for her dad , William Jackson Smart. Dodd’s mother had died in childbirth, and Dodd’s father, a Civil War veteran, had taken the responsibility of singlehandedly raising the newborn and his other five children.

The following year, Dodd wanted to celebrate Father’s Day on June 5th, her father’s birthday, and petitioned for the holiday to be recognized in her city.”
Read more

Father’s Day, Australia

There is no definitive explanation why Father’s Day is celebrated in Australia and New Zealand on the first Sunday in September, though it is clear that the custom of the September date began in the mid 1930s.

An article in the Western Herald in 1964 said the day was officially designated as the first Sunday in September across the Commonwealth in 1964 and that the date was chosen for commercial reasons to distance it from other celebrations. This is similar to the date selected in Scandanavia, where November was also chosen to maximise its commercial value.
Read more

Jumping back in time

Could this be the start?

Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord God gives you.
Exodus 20.12

And in case you read over it without paying too much attention, as we are often prone to do… here is another way of looking at it…

God says in Leviticus 20 verse 9…

“For every one that curses his father or his mother shall be surely put to death: he has cursed his father or his mother; his blood shall be on him.”

Therefore it is clear that God’s instruction in the 5th commandment to honor parents was not a mere suggestion for children.

https://www.susanprestonauthor.com/old-covenant-new-covenant/

Fathers and children

Here is a recognition for you…

Hugs

Happy Father's Day, Australia

Tread softly, and remember we are not wearing their shoes.

Susan

Origin of the Medical Symbol

Medical symbol on UN flag

Medical symbols adorn much of my equipment, and it was one on a replacement oxygen tube that caught my attention the other day. How many people know what it means? I didn’t know the origin of it until researching for the Apostle John Series.
The first book in the series, Hold the Faith is where some of that research was used.

Origin of the medical symbol

What is often called the ‘Staff of Asclepius’ is the ‘Staff of Hermes’ – more about that later. But an easy way to tell the difference is wings and snakes. If it has wings and two snakes, it is Hermes, not Asclepius,

The staff, or rod, of Asclepius was the symbol of the serpent god Asclepius, and was mentioned in Hold the Faith. (Book 1 in the Apostle John Series.)

Excerpt from Hold the Faith

“Polycarp poured some wine into a small metal cup and encouraged Thanos to drink.

When he did start to speak, Thanos said bitterly, “It was because of those pagan priests of Asclepius and their healing school.”

“Do they still only allow those they think will live to enter their asklepieion?” John asked.

Nodding, Thanos replied, “Yes, they still have that sign saying that death is not welcome there.” He choked on a sob, then continued, “And we have heard tales that those who are accepted for healing are given a drink that makes them sleep and dream. The dormitory where they spend the night is full of snakes, non-poisonous ones,” he added. “When the people wake they tell their dreams to the priests who interpret their dreams and make them treatments. The people seeking healing make clay images of the body parts they want healed.”

Benjamin shuddered, “Why put people where snakes crawl around them all night?”

“The priests tell them that the snakes carry the healing power of the serpent god Asclepius. If one slithers over the person during the night, he is told it is a sign of divine favour, and that he will be healed.” Stopping, Thanos took a sip of the wine and let out a shuddering sigh.”

https://www.susanprestonauthor.com/series-overview/hold-the-faith/

Available on Amazon

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First Medical Symbol

The original had one snake, (as mentioned before and shown in the featured image), so how come the modern medical symbol has two snakes around the rod?

“It seems the mix up didn’t take place until the 20th century. In 1902 the US Army Medical Corp adopted the caduceus as their symbol. The reason isn’t clear as the American Medical Association, Royal Army Medical Corp and the French Military Service all would happily adopt the staff of Asclepius. This decision to choose the caduceus has been credited either to a Captain Frederick P. Reynolds or a Colonel Hoff. The Americans Public Health Service and US Marine Hospital would also take Hermes’s symbol as their own.”
Further in the article it states “This confusion seems to be uniquely American and driven by commercialisation.”

https://mcdreeamiemusings.com/blog/2019/8/10/ij6eryurmzq9pz9scmwkisgifxes2m

It is interesting what researching for a novel will turn up.

Particularly in the US, the one commonly used as the medical symbol  is the caduceus, the staff of Hermes.

Medical symbol, caduceus

Susan

Further reading: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4439707/

A divisive question, potentially

A divisive question

A potentially divisive question was asked of Ravi Zacharias, “How do you respond to non-believers who accuse Christians of being hateful to people who support lifestyles that are not according to the precepts of our faith?”

He broke it down into 3 panels of an answer, and it fascinated me, so I kept watching.

1st panel logical problem. 2nd panel theological problem, 3rd the relational problem

He went on to give another example… and asked the questioner to define the culture we are living in.

The options were…

  1. Theo nomos culture – where the law of God is so embedded in our hearts that we all emotively think in the same category.
  2. Hetero nomos culture (subject to a law or standard external to itself.) Dictated to by the leadership at the top.
  3. Auto nomos culture. Each person dictates their own moral standards
    1. Then he asked another question, “If you disagree with me will you switch to a heteronomous mood and dictate to me what you think I should believe?’

Autonomous cultures run into a conflict when everyone has their own autonomy.

“Nomos, (Greek: “law,” or “custom”,) plural Nomoi, in law, the concept of law in ancient Greek philosophy. https://www.britannica.com/topic/nomos-Greek-philosophy

Put the divisive question in one of those categories

meet the brief, the Bible

Theo nomos would clearly be what the Bible teaches, since Theo is Greek for God so the words mean ‘God law.’

law, a divisive question answered

Hetero nomos would then be according to the law of the land.

Self-isolation, or quarantine is a recent example of the law of the land. https://www.susanprestonauthor.com/rebellious-what-do-you-mean/

Auto nomos would be everyone deciding for themselves.

 

However, is it hateful if my choice differs from your choice? Not unless I am in a position of power and legislate that your choice is ‘hateful’ because it differs from mine.

God gives us choice, we saw that at the beginning of the Book, and He allowed Adam and Eve to make the wrong one. He did not ‘wipe them out,’ instead, allowing them to live with the consequences of the choice, as do we.

A short talk but it gave me much ‘food for thought.’

Susan

You can view the talk on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPYRXop7aPA&fbclid=IwAR3yT-3UQlroqP4bbND0or1GtEYarZlySrv6PU8ERX0m88l_vqIpkHN_tGM

Side effects of Covid-19

side effects of covid-19

What are the side effects of Covid-19? Well, beneath the surface, there are many theories, but no one really knows because it is too ‘new.’ Some of the theorized side effects are alarming, some are dismissive of their being any side effects, but the honest truth is that even the scientists are guessing.

Potential side effects of Covid-19

You can scare yourself by reading some of the various professional opinions… long-term lung damage, heart disease, kidney disease, memory problems… then read on and see that evidence is still being gathered.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-52506669

Or, you can look at what the ‘lockdown’ measures are training us to live like.

  • Social isolation – many already were socially isolated, but now vast numbers of people are being told to avoid, or limit human to human contact.
  • Stay at home/shelter in place – again, some people are already housebound, but in most countries there is a variation of this ‘stay home’ rule.

Think about it. What is this doing to our need for friendship, social contact, and human relationships?

“Increased social isolation, loneliness, health anxiety, stress and an economic downturn are a perfect storm to harm people’s mental health,” he said.” Rory O’Connor, professor of health psychology at Glasgow University.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/02/coronavirus-britons-health-problems-covid-19

side effects of covid-19, park closed

The hidden side effects of covid-19

There is another aspect to ‘lockdown’ and self-isolation… the buildup of toxins in your home. The method we use to control them can make our lives worse… if we are using chemical cleaners or air-fresheners. As I have written about before, I had to get rid of most chemical cleaners and the like because of the fragrance, or odour. https://www.susanprestonauthor.com/fragrance-sensitivity-is-a-real-condition/

Most of my cleaners are things like cleaning vinegar, baking soda and the like. Interestingly I was contacted by John, the clean air guy with a link to an article he published, and discovered even more dangers and solutions.
https://aircontrolguy.com/toxic-chemicals-in-your-home-everything-you-need-to-know/?msID=941b4267-0f7a-4824-8823-df47e5c6b086

indoor plants to clear toxins from the air

In an associated article on the value of house plants, it states… “Since we are spending so much of our time indoors, it is important to understand the health impacts of breathing in these pollutants every day.  Some people will experience symptoms such as fatigue, headaches, nausea or allergies due to daily exposure.  In extreme cases, serious diseases such as nervous system disorders, lung disease or cancer can develop.”
https://aircontrolguy.com/top-10-air-purifying-plants-for-the-home/

To deal with the side effects of covid-19

  • Keep your home as fresh and toxin free as possible.
  • Let in fresh air
  • Keep in touch with people via phone or Internet
  • Be as encouraging as you can to others because it will make you feel better.
  • Pray for others
  • Plan to be sensible when the restrictions are eased. (Do not plan a big party.)

Make your own plan for life after covid-19

Be considerate, there are some very vulnerable people in our communities, and some very frightened ones.

“Walk gently,” 

Susan

After the Funeral

After the funeral, condolence cards

After the funeral is over do any of these statements fit? I no longer knew who I was. My ‘role’ was no longer required, a Carer was no longer needed. I had time but the routine was gone.

  • The time I spent caring, accompanying him/her to hospital or doctor appointments, sitting by the bedside is no longer needed
  • I lost sleep when the ambulance took him/her to hospital and worried if he/she would be alive the next day when I visited.
  • Our lives revolved around each other.
  • My life revolved around caring for his/her needs.

As another friend and I shared experiences recently… when you are a Carer, even shopping trips need to be timed and worked out to fit with the needs of the person you are caring for. How much time is there? Standing in a queue at a supermarket, or even attending your own doctor appointment can be too long.

After the funeral is over

You/I forget to care for your/myself.

So when there is the time, what do we do with it?

I ‘muddled through’ but I see now there are many sites where you can find others sharing.
https://newsinhealth.nih.gov/2017/10/coping-grief

Would we not rather have less time and have the person we cared for back… rhetorical ‘cos it just does not happen.

Some of us make new roles, but for the most part they are secondary to the ones that are lost.

Then when something special happens – the one you most want to share it with is no longer there.

Keep the Flame Medalist seal

The role of the redundant Carer can be lonely…

However, new roles CAN be developed. What is gone is not something that can be found, but some of those functions can be channelled in other areas. It will take however long you need it to take. Reflect back on your life as a carer.
https://www.susanprestonauthor.com/the-lonely-life-of-a-carer/

Ever wondered why the best people who understand what you are going through help? Probably because they have tread the road before you.

Take hope, that person survived. So can you.

No one has ever suffered your loss, walked in your shoes. They walked their own, and know how difficult it is.

Tread softly

Susan

after the funeral, kangaroos in the memorial park

My husband sleeps in a Memorial Park in a bushland setting.