Discover the true meaning of love…
Do you believe in soul mates? What if the death of your soul mate meant the birth of your life-long dream?
A WIDOW'S AWAKENING is a fictional account based on the true story of a young woman’s struggle to come to terms with the death of her police officer husband who died in the line of duty.
Engaging, powerful, heart-wrenching, and at times humorous, this honest look at the first year of a widow’s grief captures the immense difficulty of learning how to accept the unacceptable while transforming loss into positive change—and is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit.
Page Count: 396
Release Date: 9/13/2018
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"The experience of reading this book is nothing less than a journey. One woman's journey from the death of her husband, through the search for some meaning, and finally to a level of acceptance. I really enjoyed this book and could relate to her struggle."
“…a hauntingly beautiful story of enduring love, overwhelming heartache and discovering resiliency…a must-read for anyone who has lost someone they loved and struggled to find their way in the aftermath of tragedy.”
— Sharon Ehlers, author of Grief Reiki
“As a safety professional and a Threads of Life volunteer, I recommend reading A Widow’s Awakening. It provides a vivid, heartbreaking reality of the consequences of an unsafe workplace and the personal costs of a workplace fatality. It brings home the message that we must ensure our workplaces are safe, not only for the workers, managers and public on a daily basis but also the Emergency First Responders who may be called there to help. One life lost is one too many.”
— Laura Synard
“A WIDOW'S AWAKENING expresses the gripping pain of losing someone you love, tragically and unexpectedly. Yes, it’s a novel….but the candid truth of this widow’s suffering is real. It’s Maryanne’s personal story, but it’s more than her story. It’s for anyone who has suffered a tragic loss… She captures the essence of a grieving soul. She is honest and witty and her writing comes alive on each page as she tells her story. In addition, if you haven’t had a tragic loss in your life, this book gives you insight to the emotions that one experiences. Thank you Maryanne for sharing your story and bringing hope into the world. It’s important we all tell ours as well."
— Robin Chodak, Grief Coach,
Author of Be Gentle with Me, I’m Grieving
and Moving to Excellence, A Pathway to Transformation after Grief
"If you are, or know of, a member that serves in the armed forces or is a first responder…this is a must read. Maryanne brings to reality her no holds barred look at life before, during, and after the day her husband, Calgary Police Service Constable John Petropoulos, died in the line of duty. How did she turn the nightmare back into a dream; a dream of safe workplaces for EVERYONE? This journey is emotional and inspirational and 18 years later offers some closure to those who experienced it alongside her.”
—Shauna Spear, Calgary Police Service
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"This fictionalized account of her story is by turns raw and gangly and then elegant and profound. She leaves her ego at the door and just lays it out bare—she is not precious with herself and gives the reader the whole spectrum of her response, from grandiose delusions to suicidal despair. The rollercoaster ride of early grief is accounted for with complete candor; her unflinching approach makes for a compelling, although sometimes uncomfortable, tale.”
— Kara Post-Kennedy, Heart and Humanity Magazine