The Mystery of the Unknown - A New View on Grief
Leslee Tessmann relates her spiritual journey into self discovery in her book “Sacred Grief". It is her story of moving from unresolved heartache and grief into a new awareness of the comfort and healing that come with acceptance and a conscious commitment to bringing a sacred context into all of her life.
Leslee's story includes incidents that led to her emotional trials and the stress that resulted in anger, guilt, sadness, loneliness, anxiety, sadness, and pain. She tells of her disappointment, self doubt, and uncertainty that left her drained physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
She relates the process of her experience in exploring and exchanging a new dimension of consolation and healing as she worked through the process of bereavement.
Leslee exchanged the conventional approach to this anguish by accepting grief as sacred. She explains: “Relating to grief as sacred is like watching a fabulous epic drama of my life unfold and I'm the star. I become curious and interested in each scene and want to stay with it until the very end. I find myself entertained, energized, and surprisingly content. "
Leslee's father moved into the unknown during his final days by celebrating the adventure and mystery of death. Leslee expresses the pain of losing her father as “poignant moments of tenderness. " Genuineness, compassion, generosity, and a global view have an impact in this spiritual journey of experiencing the rewards of “sacred grief. "
I was intrigued with Leslee's conception of self induced suffering, of the danger of losing the excitement and exploration of life as a child with the acquired judgment and assessment of the adult. She discusses how self pity, apathy and depression lead to exhaustion.
Leslee reiterates the importance of expressing feelings, and of resolving issues from past relationships with a reminder that every moment is sacred. Sacred relationships are based on mutual respect and the freedom to be fully self-expressed.
I appreciated the thought provoking questions provided in the study guide provided for use in individual study or with a support group. I also found the comprehensive bibliography to be helpful.
Leslee moves the reader from turmoil to order and peace as her story unfolds. Her writing is compelling, grounded in reality, profound, insightful, dynamic, and sensitive.
Loving Healing Press, 978-1932690538
As Reviewed for Midwest Book Review.
Richard R. Blake, Christian Education Consultant, Book Store Owner