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Grace in the Broken Places
It’s a beautiful September day. Yet, my heart is heavy. Understandable, I suppose, since it is September. I’ve lived almost 25 Septembers beyond my son. And still, today, that long-ago report of his death feels as if it cracked open my heart only yesterday . . .
Jane Nicolet is an Illinois native. Raised by two hard-working, gentle but strong-willed parents in a small Midwestern town near the banks of the Mississippi, she grew up on a diet of sweet corn, fresh tomatoes, church music, the beauty of a slow-moving river, and believing one must always finish what she starts.
It was the death of her beloved son and an ensuing divorce that moved her to invest the time and energy necessary to first understand, then share her own, intimate story of loss and growth. Grace is the reason she now writes professionally.
Besides writing and blogging, Jane is also a freelance editor, author, coach and collaborative writer. She continues to combine her personal walk in bereavement with her love of communicating with others to offer understanding, light and grace to all who find themselves walking their own unique, grief journeys.
Jane lives and write in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Letters for Grace: One mother's journey
Reading Jane Nicolet's book, Letters for Grace, is like listening to Ravel's "Bolero" in reverse. The work starts out brash and unsettled, with the sudden death of her estranged son. The pounding beat goes on. Themes surface and are repeated. Sometimes the slow pace of modulation is enervating. Over the course of chapters that document years of her life, the music quiets. The theme of compassion and forgiveness, especially of the author for herself, comes through clearly and simply, all the while over the insistent beat of life going on. Jane Nicolet is healed. Reading her work is healing.
Dr. Marc Ringel, Former Medical Director of Hospice of Northern Colorado
Letters for Grace is a beautifully written story of one mother's ongoing recovery from the tragic loss of her son. It's not just for those that have suffered the loss of a child, but rather for anyone who has known profound loss of any kind. I read the book in one sitting after being fortunate to have heard the author speak about her journey through grief and her journey in putting to paper this heart felt story of loss. I came away from my reading of this beautiful book looking for Grace in every subsequent difficult situation I faced. What a gift this author gave me! I have shared this book with dozens of friends and encourage you to read it as well. I have no doubt that by the time you read the last sentence you will already have several friends in mind with whom you want to share "Letters for Grace."
David A., Amazon Reviewer
This book, this journey of a mother through the most painful of experiences, offered to me an even greater understanding of the journey we all must take, to survive what we may never understand. To live life with all of its incomprehensible events and to continue to learn and to try, although it may seem impossible, to live with peace, joy and gratitude. Jane Nicolet shares powerful insights and shares them in language that is authentic and beautiful. This is a book we all should read
Leonard Urban, Amazon Reviewer
Finding Grace: journeys of grief, courage and healing
Jane Nicolet has created a work which posits a unique relationship between grace and grief, suggesting that grace can exist inside and around the landmines that so often sabotage the healing path of bereavement. For over 35 years I have counseled grief-stricken clients who have struggled to survive a variety of overwhelming losses. I regret that Nicolet’s Finding Grace was not yet available to me as a guide and inspiration. I encourage therapists of all disciplines to add this book to their repertoire of materials for work with survivors of loss.
Nadine L Thomsen, Licensed Psychologist
Anyone recovering from tremendous grief and loss will find inspiration and healing in Finding Grace: journeys of grief, courage and healing. Jane Nicolet relays the inner-most thoughts of the bereaved through their authentic stories, told both gently and fearlessly. This inspirational book offers a unique way to grasp the interconnections of grief and grace… and hope for healing.
LeAnn Thieman, author of Chicken Soup for the Soul: A Book of Miracles
To state that my heart and mind were deeply moved by Finding Grace: journeys of grief, courage and healing seems an understatement. Jane’s writings inspire deep reflection of one’s own grief journey. Her intricate weaving of her own story, the stories of 19 other bereaved families and the wisdom of the finest of philosophers reads like a lovely mosaic. I have been searching for that one piece of literature that would speak to the hearts of all bereaved families and now I have found this in Finding Grace.
Kristin Glenn, Outreach Director of 3 Hopeful Hearts, Fort Collins, Colorado
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