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Little Steps

My Spiritual Journey: Coping with My Son's Suicide

By: James Ream Adams

Price: CAD $30.00

Publisher: Ozark Mountain Publishing

Imprint: Ozark Mountain Publishing

304 Pages

8.5 X 5.5 ins

ISBN:  9781940265704 -- Paperback

Publication Date: 08/05/2020

All too often, survivors of a loved one's suicide are left behind, struggling with a loss that fosters stigma, shame, blame, guilt, and abandonment. For the survivor, these struggles last long after the funeral is over, and friends and relatives have returned to their daily lives.

Healing the loss after the suicide of a loved one is about restarting your life with nothing firm to stand on. Little Steps is the guided process James Adams recorded in his journal documenting before, during, and after his son committed suicide. It starts with conversations where voices of wisdom are guiding him along a spiritual path of discovery; then, as he was confronted with his loss, those conversations shifted toward coping with and understanding the grief process.

Feeling left behind and somehow responsible, James continued to write his guided conversations as he dealt with lingering questions: Why did he do this? What should I have done differently? What could I have done differently? If only I had known ... What did I do wrong?

These real-time journaled conversations capture in a loving, spiritual, and supportive way all the drama, trauma, and recovery as they occurred, making Little Steps a powerful documentary of healing from a traumatic loss.

James Ream Adams graduated in 1969 from Ohio University with a bachelor of science in industrial manufacturing technology. In 1970, James was drafted into the U.S. Army and served in Vietnam. During deployment, he wrote extensively of his experiences to friends at home and created 'significant day' journals, describing the details of life in a war zone. Upon being discharged, James married and returned to the work as a manufacturing engineer in an aerospace company. He left the work and journaled his experiences as he and his wife explored America in a camper. They settled in Northwest Arkansas on 25 acres of Ozark woods. He continued documenting their lifestyle and in 1981, he returned to working in a factory as a manufacturing engineer. In 1985 he entered a drug rehabilitation center to address a chemical addiction that began in Vietnam but kept a journal of his recovery. Jame's journal writing took a new direction in 1991. After his divorce and while single-parenting his son Andrew, the questions he presented in his writings began to be answered by undefined voices who offered wise counsel and insights focused on guiding him through turbulent times. He remarried in 1997 and continued journaling. Andrew committed suicide in 2009, and the voices of wisdom continued to support James through his grieving process and continue to guide him to a journey of spiritual awakening.

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