Advance Peek At My New Book – “The Message”

letter-handwritAs many of you may know, in 2015 I published Let Go and Let Love: Survivors of Suicide Loss Healing Handbook, presenting 7 tools for dealing with the tragic loss experienced when a loved one takes their own life. The books’ sole mission was to assist and guide the survivors of suicide loss on their difficult journey back to joy. Suicide: a topic loaded with guilt, grief, unanswered questions and the unending stigma associated with death by one’s own hand. This is a difficult journey I have traversed myself and understand firsthand.

As I spoke with many groups about recovery from suicide loss, I discovered some very important things. There are all kinds of loss that people are trying to overcome; surviving suicide loss is just one of them. Every loss is personal and tragic to the individual experiencing it. There are no measuring sticks deciding that any one loss is less or more tragic than another. Depth and impact of loss cannot be calculated; mine is not worse or more crippling than yours, and vice versa.

I have been blessed with the opportunity to speak to countless support groups about having lost a loved one to suicide. It has been an honor and a privilege to do this work. However, intensely related losses such as being an alienated grandparent who is denied the connection and interaction with their grandchildren, individuals who have lost their freedoms, people without personal self-esteem, self-image and self-worth, folks having lost loved ones from illness, accident and addictions – these are life-altering events as well. My conclusions are that Loss is Loss.

Now it appears that my pen desires to write again. As I begin this historical fiction about loss and recovery, I am choosing to utilize all of the tools that support and propel me each day in my own journey to tell the story of one women’s struggle with self-image and self-esteem. In The Message, (while a preliminary title, it feels quite close to what it will actually be), I will take you down the road within Aubrey Cole’s deeply tragic personal loss to a place of despair and despondency and back again. This will all take place through the visitation and guidance of her long-departed great-great grandmother, born four generations prior in 1868. It will touch upon the resilience of the heart and soul in us all. Follow the heroine Aubrey as she falls from the pinnacle of achievement in her young life, then forges a monumental battle between self-destruction and true life purpose.


More advanced teasers to come!

We welcome your comments.

Gabrielle Doucet, April 25, 2016 Article in ConvergenceRI: After Tragic Loss

getPart-4I have been fortunate to have been contacted by ConvergenceRI to supply an article on Loss, particularly Loss After Suicide. Since May is Mental Health Month and the statistics on suicide are rising in the US, it seems to be a timely opportunity to discuss the challenges of dealing with tragic loss. ConvergenceRI is a wonderful digital newsletter, and there is much there to learn. I hope you view their website, and all of the pertinent articles they have to offer.

Click Here to Read the Article in ConvergenceRI

Workshop Engagement at Natural Living Expo 11/14-11/15

I am excited to tell you about a wonderful expo taking place in just a few days in Marlborough, MA.  This is a grand opportunity for you to visit hundreds of vendors addressing healthy living. Click here for details.

I am one of 90 presenters doing workshops on a myriad of topics – what an opportunity to learn and try new ideas and products for an entire weekend!  My presentation will be on Sunday, Nov. 15 at 10:30 am in the Southborough Room.  The topic: 7 Tools Critical For Survivors Of Suicide Loss. My book will also be available for purchase at Table #18. I would love to meet you, open a discussion about loss and how we are able to deal with tragedy in our lives. Please stop by and at least say hello!

My book; Let Go and Let Love: Survivors of Suicide Loss Healing Handbook, is being received so well on, Kindle and elsewhere.  Surprisingly, it is not about book sales for me – it is all about getting the message to large numbers of people on how best to travel the difficult journey of surviving the loss of someone we love to suicide. We all experience loss. HOW we experience it and what we DO with that experience is what keeps us walking on the healthy side of life and going forward.

Recently I spoke to someone who had read Let Go and Let Love; she is a survivor and wanted to tell me about an verbal conversation she had with someone she barely knew.  This person asked her how many children she had. (She lost her son to suicide shortly after I did). Like me, and as I described in one of my chapters, she was painfully tongue-tied on how to answer the question. In many situations that survivors encounter, our brain does a 360 degree search area in our head about what to say when confronted with the most simple inquiries! She remembered my suggestion in the chapter and replied, “I have two children, a boy and a girl”.  End of discussion.  All is well. This is a perfect example of, Less is More. It is also using Intention, one of the best tools available to us when dealing with daily life in an imperfect world.

If you or a group you know is struggling with tremendous loss, especially suicide loss of someone close, consider contacting me about how I can help serve the needs of the group. This is my mission.

I also hope you can find your way to the Natural Living Expo, November 14 – 15 in Marlborough, MA. It will be a healthy and exciting experience!

Blessings, Gabrielle

Excerpt from Let GO and Let LOVE: Survivors of Suicide Loss Healing Handbook, CreateSpace Publishing, $12.87, paperback and ebook available September 2015.

CONTACT: Gabrielle Doucet