Book Review: Good Mourning

Good Mourning is from TLC’s Long Island Medium, Theresa Caputo.  If you’ve watched her show at all, you know that she can talk to Spirit who tells her things about the other side.  Spirit told her that a lot of people can’t deal with the loss of a loved one because there are so many other loses in their lives that they don’t know how to deal with, so Theresa put this book together with ways to mourn other daily loses – these can include a relationship, a friendship, being an empty nester, your job, etc.  Each chapter focuses on a different daily loss with some personal anecdotes and information from Theresa and then the end of the chapter has a “Good Mourning” recap with the recap to how you can help move through the loss.  While all of these losses may not affect me right now, chances are they will at some point so I appreciated Theresa’s wisdom.

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

Theresa Caputo, TLC’s Long Island Medium and the three-time New York Times bestselling author, teaches us how to ritualize and recover from the daily losses in our lives.

Life on earth comes with losses that often go unrecognized, unacknowledged, and un-mourned. This invisible pain causes deeper emotional damage— devastation that Theresa Caputo has witnessed in many of her clients. Though they are suffering, they rarely understand where the anguish is coming from—or how to deal with it.

Theresa’s clients often confuse their emotional distress with depression or anxiety. But it’s more than that. It’s grief, deep and profound, and it consumes the soul. The only relief, according to Theresa’s special gift she calls Spirit, is to pay more attention to how we experience, ritualize, and recover from the hurt in our lives.

Once we name these feelings of grief, recognize the losses for what they are, and create mourning rituals around them, we can move through the pain and begin to heal. It isn’t just a good idea to mourn these types of upsets; it’s essential, so that we can then enjoy a fresh beginning.

In Good Mourning, Theresa opens up more than ever before, and with the help of Spirit, helps us manage daily losses to ultimately lead more fulfilling and joyful lives.

Book Review:Amelia the Mouse: Inventor Extraordinaire

Amelia is a mouse and an Inventor! The story, told in rhythmic rhyme, starts out with some of the more interesting inventions that Amelia has created, though I am not sure how useful they all are. One day, her neighbor, Winston the rat comes by and tells her that he is having trouble using his cane properly because it gets stuck in holes and on roots and is making difficult for him to use it. He wants to know if Amelia can make something that will be more useful for him. Amelia puts on her thinking cap and has a few out of this world attempts – she tries to make it a rocket, she tries to make it bouncy and finally she decides to make it a sword! When Winston comes back he isn’t sure the sword will work – but Amelia tries one more time and is able to come up with something that Winston is really happy with!

I thought this book was absolutely adorable and as someone who uses a cane, I got a kick out of her ideas – friends and I often tease about making my cane a sword! (But now I see how impractical it is thanks to Winston and Amelia!) I also absolutely loved the moral of the story – you don’t have failures – you just learn from them and make things better and better! Definitely a great thing for kids (of all ages!) to learn and I always love when books have fun rhymes to them. It almost makes me want to sing them instead of read them!

I received a free e-copy of this book to review from Reedsy Discovery!

About the Book

Told in rhythmic rhyme, Amelia the Mouse: Inventor Extraordinaire is the story of an overzealous inventor mouse who never gives up. Always willing to help a friend, Amelia never loses her enthusiasm as she creatively embarks on her inventing journey. If only we could all be so passionate! This story reminds readers young and old that success happens where passion and determination meet. It encourages readers to try and fail, and that each failure is an opportunity to learn. Even when it means inventing a rocket cane for your friend Winston . . .

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