The Living Memories Project – Book Review
Every time I have lost someone I loved, it has felt like my whole world has stopped. Among other things, I have experienced shock, withdrawal, and deep grief as my body and mind have tried to process the news.
- How can my loved one be gone?
- How can I live in a world where my loved one no longer exists?
- How will I survive without them?
- How can I keep the memories and legacy of my loved one alive without continually grieving their loss?
There are no easy answers to these questions.
Each of us experiences loss differently. Each of us must come to grips with our loss in our own way and in our own time.
Each of us must find a way to say good-bye to our loved ones – to gracefully grieve our losses – to honor our loved one’s memories – and to return to the land of the living.
Thankfully, we do not have to mourn alone.
If you are looking for an invaluable resource to help guide you on your journey, I highly recommend The Living Memories Project – Legacies That Last by by Meryl Ain, Arthur M. Fischman, and Stewart Ain to you.
The Living Memories Project provides you with a rich treasury of ideas and creative projects that will inspire you to creatively remember those you love. In this book, the authors demonstrate that any tribute, big or small, can provide the living with a meaningful way to preserve the memories of their loved one.
For The Living Memories Project, Meryl and her co-authors interviewed more than 30 individuals – everyday folk and celebrities alike – to learn how they moved forward in the face of great personal loss.
Though The Living Memories Project. we are privileged to share in the rich life stories and heartfelt tributes of more than 30 people who are remembered through their loved one’s recipes, artwork, newly created foundations, scholarships, projects – and even new careers!
Here are a few of the extraordinary people you will meet inside of this book:
- Linda Ruth Tosetti, who made a documentary film about her grandfather, Babe Ruth, to highlight his humanitarian side – a value she cherished and believed was often overlooked in Babe’s biography. Ruth was a German-American, who publicly denounced the Nazi persecution of the Jews in 1942.
- Liz and Steve Alderman, who established the Peter C. Alderman Foundation to honor the memory of their 25-year-old son, who was killed on 9/11 at the World Trade Center. The foundation trains doctors and establishes mental health clinics on four continents to treat PTSD.
- Eileen Belmont, a quilt designer who helps others preserve their memories of deceased loved ones through the creation of memory quilts.
Losing a loved one can be one of the most challenging experiences we will ever face – but it can also be a time of great transformation.
Just ask author Meryl Ain.
Three years after the death of her mother, Meryl was still unable to fill the hole that the loss had left in her life. Then, through conversations with her friends, Meryl discovered an insight shared by those who had successfully overcome grief:
There simply is no closure.
It was a breakthrough moment for her.
Our loved ones will always be with us if they are not forgotten. It is up to us to integrate them into our lives in a positive way that reflects their unique personality, values and spirituality. In that way we keep them alive in our hearts and minds always.
If you are ready to move beyond mourning and find a way to turn your loss into meaningful action, The Living Project – Legacies That Last is the book for you!
I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars.
About The Authors
Meryl Ain holds a BA from Queens College, a MA from Columbia University Teachers College, and an Ed.D. from Hofstra University. She began her career in education as a social studies teacher before she became an administrator. She is also a freelance writer specializing in issues related to education, families, parenting, and children and has contributed to Huffington Post, Newsday, the New York Jewish Week and The New York Times.
Meryl embarked on The Living Memories Project after she lost both her father and mother within a year-and-a-half. She and her husband Stewart live on Long Island and have three sons, three daughters-in-law and three grandchildren.
Arthur M. Fischman
Arthur M. Fischman holds a BA from Queens College and a JD from Temple Law School. He is a freelance writer whose video and interactive scripts have won numerous awards, including a Telly, an ITVA Silver Award, and a New York Festivals Bronze World Medal.
Arthur co-wrote the award-winning documentary Digital Dharma and has written radio, TV, and print ads for leading consumer product manufacturers. He is also a veteran speechwriter and ghostwriter, and was director of executive communications and internal communications for a Fortune 500 company.
Arthur, his wife, and their two daughters live in Philadelphia, where he also writes plays and moonlights as a jazz pianist.
Stewart Ain is a graduate of CW Post College and holds a MA from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He is an award-winning journalist with more than 40 years of experience, and was a Pulitzer Prize nominee three times. He has reported for The New York Times, New York Daily News, New York Jewish Week, Long Island Business News and Lifestyles Magazine. Stewart frequently appears on television and radio, and hosts his own weekly cable TV program, Jewish Life, and has been a regular guest on The Leon Charney Show. Both his parents died while he was working on The Living Memories Project.
For More Information
- Visit The Living Memories Website.
- Connect with The Living Memories Project on Facebook and Twitter.
- Visit The Living Memories Project Book Tour Page.
- The Living Memories Project is available on Amazon.
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