Whether you are grieving a loss or you know someone who is grieving a loss, the poems in Heartbreak to Hope will provide comfort and a way through the pain. Written by Kara Bowman, a grief and trauma therapist, the volume will give readers words for what they are experiencing while also bringing to light facets of mourning that they haven’t yet identified. Grievers will feel understood and less alone knowing that others have lived through something similar.
Kara wrote the book she wanted to give her clients. Since people who are mourning a loss often don’t have the ability to digest a lot of information, she broke the experience of grief into small vignettes that can be read and reread over and over again. The poems are beautiful, easy to understand, and relatable. Readers will discover the poems that speak to them at each stage in their journey and find recognition, empathy and solace.
Kara Bowman is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who specializes in grief and trauma. She holds advanced certifications in grief counseling, trauma, and thanatology (the study of death and dying). Kara became a grief therapist in midlife after experiencing many losses in her own life. She deeply understands her clients and their struggles.
“Kara Bowman's Heartbreak to Hope is a wonderfully sensitive and poetic accompaniment as we journey through grief. It captures so much of the darkness and difficulty of that journey while holding out hope that through those difficulties one can still get to a sense of peace--even growth. I wish every individual struggling with grief could have a copy!” - Professor Kenneth J Doka, PhD, Grief Researcher and Author, Grief is a Journey
“Kara Bowman understands the inner experience of grieving. If you are looking for a book of poetry that captures the heart of what the journey of mourning is about, this is it. It will mirror back to you the experiences you are having, and it will also help you to teach others what you are going through. If you are deep in mourning, you will see yourself recognized by this powerful book of poetry about the experience of loss.” - John R. Jordan, Ph.D., Grief Researcher and Author, Devastating Losses
“Kara Bowman, Therapist and trained grief counselor debuts the singular most powerful book on grieving, titled Heartbreak to Hope. I have never been so touched as by these encouraging words and poetry. Perhaps this book will help you break through some of your deep pain and find a little peace.” - Rick Tocquigny, Success Made to Last Podcast