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March 24, 2008
For Immediate Release
Sacred Grief Revolutionizes Our Perception and Experience of Grief
Leslee Tessmann introduces the most significant change to the western world’s grieving practices
since 1969 when Elisabeth Kübler-Ross gave us “On Death and Dying.”
(Houston , TX) Just as Albert Einstein changed the way we look at the nature of the universe, Leslee Tessmann changes the way we look at our lives and grief through her new book, “Sacred Grief: Exploring a New Dimension to Grief” (ISBN: 978-1-932690-53-8, Loving Healing Press). Traditionally, grief has been a process that people fear and avoid rather than respect and embrace─a tactic that frequently leads to unnecessary, self-induced suffering. Tessmann teaches us that moving through our grief, like any other emotional experience, is an essential element of what makes us uniquely human.
Tessmann’s philosophy boldly poses the possibility of grief as a relationship and a crucial passageway to our personal growth and development. She asserts that if we relate to grief as part of our total being and life energy, rather than something to be feared or avoided, the experience can move us towards becoming compassionate, self-actualized human beings who claim our birthright to peace and fulfill on our purpose in the world.
As her story in Sacred Grief describes, Leslee entered into a time of her own discovery of grief, propelled by a series of challenging circumstances. In 1994, the recognition of her alcoholism and ensuing sobriety pushed her into her first conscious experience with deep, unresolved grief. She became active in Al-Anon and Alcoholics Anonymous and eventually shared about her recovery at treatment centers, colleges, and Al-Anon and AA meetings and retreats. Over time she went on to create and facilitate classes that dealt with working with life on life’s terms, a large part of what Sacred Grief is all about.
Leslee lectures and teaches workshops on the concepts presented in her book, as well as on spirituality, communication, and recovery issues. She has a passion for exploring the power of language and its impact on how we experience life. Her college education focused on psychology and sociology and fueled her intrigue with the complexities of the human brain and mind. Leslee’s writing and speaking offer a powerful blend of sharing her personal experience while presenting concepts such that people are left with new insights, paradigms, and possibilities.
“A powerful exploration of a universal human experience! Using true-life accounts and personal experiences, Leslee Tessmann masterfully leads us beyond the process of grief itself, into a bold new perspective of our life-long relationship with change. Because we will all have the experience, Sacred Grief is a compelling guide for everyone searching for the sweetness in life’s great passages.”
~ Gregg Braden, New York Times best-selling author of The Divine Matrix and The God Code
About the Author
Born and raised in Wisconsin, Leslee later moved to Seattle, Washington, where she lived for 31 years until moving to Houston, Texas in 2003—a change that contributed significantly to the unfolding of “Sacred Grief.”
“Sacred Grief: Exploring a New Dimension to Grief” (ISBN: 1-932690-53-0 & 13 ISBN-13: 978-1-932690-53-8, Loving Healing Press, 2008) can be purchased through local and online bookstores. For more information visit: www.sacredgrief.com. Publicity contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. Review copies available upon request.