Mike Bernhardt

Editor • Poet • Travel Writer

Voices of the
Grieving Heart

"At the edge of the mystery of death, we offer the poetry of our truth."
— Ram Dass

Grieving the death of someone we loved is the
darkest road many of us will ever travel.

Each of us must find our own path as we navigate the uncharted territory of our new lives. Voices of the Grieving Heart isn’t a map; it’s a companion on that difficult journey. On these pages are the voices of 83 people who traveled their own roads through grief after their loved ones died. Along the way, they wrote poems about what they felt, experienced, and learned.

Voices of the Grieving Heart doesn’t tell readers what to do or how they should feel. Instead, the contributors to this book generously offer their own truths, in hopes that they might help someone else.

“This beautiful book speaks directly to the heart.”

“If you are grieving the loss of someone you love, it will help to validate your experience and feelings. It is as personal as it is universal.”
Debbie Augenthaler, LMHC, NCC, Author of You Are Not Alone


Recent Talk for NAPT

I recently spoke at the National Association for Poetry Therapy’s  monthly Author’s Corner. We discussed how Voices of the Grieving Heart can be a valuable resource for mental health professionals. Watch the talk here.

Featured Videocast:
Open To Hope

Drs. Gloria and Heidi Horsley and I discuss the value of writing poetry after someone we love has died, and my book, Voices of the Grieving Heart.

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