The Sympathy Gift Series written by Denise Gibb

The Sympathy Gift Series by Denise Gibb

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Have you ever wondered what the back story is to a series of books like The Sympathy Gift Series?
You’re not the only one.  Many people ask Denise what the inspiration for writing The Sympathy Gift Series was. Here is what she had to say.

What inspired you to write the Sympathy Gift Series?

After navigating my way back to happiness after coping with a loss I’d never encountered before, I wanted to help others do the same.

How did dealing with your loss affect you?

Little did I know back in 2018, an autoimmune disease would change my life forever. Previously, I was working a part-time job, running two small businesses and writing. But the illness shut me down both physically and mentally, forcing me to stop work and sell the small businesses I was running.

For the first time, I was facing losses I’d never encountered before. In particular, loss of income, physical ability, personal identity and life purpose. Somehow, I had to process my losses, deal with the associated grief, reinvent myself and find a way back to happiness.

Why was your loss so difficult?

Many techniques for making a healthy grief recovery were familiar to me. Over the years dealing with the death of my dear parents, a close friend, adored grandfather, and a much-loved dog taught me a lot. Namely that family, work and friends are all-important grief support lifelines. Yet, number one is your health.
Along with diet and meditation, gentle exercise has always been an essential grief recovery tool for me. But in 2018, my illness pulled the plug on me, draining my well-being batteries flat. No longer could I work, write or think. Metaphorically, the person I knew as me, had died in my arms.

Is there a right way  to deal with loss?

Reinventing yourself after a significant loss and finding your way back to new happiness is hard.
There is no right way to recover; nor is there a time frame. For me, restoring some semblance of physical recovery took two years, a team of health professionals and tonnes of mindfulness on my part.

Can you share your grief recovery tips?

Ultimately, the courage and strength to arrive at new happiness after dealing with grief and loss come from within. For example, if you’ve lost a loved one, tapping into the happy memories they’ve left in your heart will release healing energy. The same applies to pet loss. Successful processing of grief rests with making time to protect your happy. In my case, no matter how dark loss made my days, I would set aside 1 hour to focus on happy. For example, reading uplifting, inspiring articles, flicking through Gary Larsen’s The Far Side cartoons, watching comedy, listening to entertaining podcasts, and talking with upbeat friends. My only rule was that grief could not enter my one-hour happy space. During this time, the sole aim was to recharge my happiness batteries—no matter how sad, anxious, drained, or in pain, I felt.

Where did the Sympathy Gift Series tag line ‘Bringing you happy while you heal sad’ originate?

As I mentioned, I set aside one hour every day to focus on happy. I did that because I knew later in the day, I’d be drawing down on that happy energy to help me cope with waves of pain, regret, grief, sadness, and anxiety. So when I started writing the Sympathy Gift Series, I aimed to show people wanting to make a healthy grief recovery how to protect happy while they heal sad. Out of that came the tag line ‘Bringing you happy while you heal sad’.

Has COVID-19 impacted on the Sympathy Gift Series?

The inspiration and writing of the Sympathy Gift Series came well before the coronavirus pandemic.
Yet, worldwide, COVID-19 represents a loss for everyone, whether it be because of death, loss of a job or lifestyle. So that means the Sympathy Gift Series – especially Healing From Grief, Goodbye Grandma and Goodbye Grandpa can help the bereaved parents and children cope with loss and find new happiness, no matter the circumstances.

Healing From Grief

by Denise Gibb

Healing From Grief is the ideal grief recovery handbook for anyone dealing with the loss of a mother, loss of a father or loss of a loved one. Filled with uplifting affirmations and heartwarming photographs, the words and images combine to gently inspire the bereaved with strength, courage and hope until the path to new happiness is found. (See flip-through video.)
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Last Purr

by Denise Gibb

Last Purr is the ideal sympathy gift for anyone dealing with the death of a cherished cat. Yet, the heartwarming photographs and uplifting affirmations are full of smiles. Last Purr asks those grieving to draw strength from the joyful lessons cats teach us about looking after yourself and making  ‘happy’ choices. (See flip-through video.)
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Goodbye Grandpa

by Denise Gibb

Not sure how to tell your kids, ‘Grandma died.’ Let Goodbye Grandpa help.
This modern take on the storybook format makes a difficult discussion about death, the funeral and dealing with grief easier. But unlike a fictional story, Goodbye Grandpa uses true-to-life photographs offset with delightful illustrations to show children of all ages what to expect after Grandpa dies. (See flip-through video.)
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Last Woof

by Denise Gibb

Last Woof is the ideal grief recovery handbook or sympathy gift for anyone dealing with the death of their much-loved dog. Yet, the heartwarming photographs and uplifting affirmations are full of surprises. Last Woof asks those grieving to draw strength from the playful and insightful lessons dogs teach about living a happy life. (See flip-through video.)
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Goodbye Grandma

by Denise Gibb

Not sure how to tell your children ‘Grandma died.’ Let Goodbye Grandma help. Using a story book format Goodbye Grandma makes a difficult discussion about death, the funeral and dealing with grief easier. But unlike a fictional story, Goodbye Grandma uses true-to-life photographs offset with delightful illustrations to show children of all ages what to expect after Grandma dies. (See flip-through video.)
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Denise Gibb

Email: info@denisegibb.com.au

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