How to Submit A Story

Joyful Mourning Cover


This page shows you how to contribute a personal story for the upcoming book, Joyful Mourning.

Submissions are no longer being accepted for the book. Please contact me if you have further questions or comments.

Thank you to all those who shared their experiences.



In this second round of story requests I have made some changes to the way stories can be submitted. There are now more options to make it quicker and easier for you to contribute to the book.

4 EASY Ways to Submit a Story

(in order of time required)

Option 1

Complete the questions posted HERE. (You may want to save answers in a word document and paste to the questionnaire when complete.) NEW Deadline: June 30th, 2013

Option 2

Talk with me, either face-to-face or by Skype. I’ll be asking you the questions posted HERE so you’ll want to check them out before we chat. Interviews take about one hour. Contact me at to set up a time that works with your schedule. Deadline: June 30th, 2013

Option 3

Interview someone you care about who has lost a loved one. Ask them the questions posted HERE. Record and write up their responses, then email to me at (or paste into questionnaire and ‘Submit’).  Based on the concept of Story Corps, this is a great option for someone who would feel happier talking to you (someone they know) rather than to me. Despite the additional time required for this option, consider it an act of loving kindness for someone you care about. Deadline: June 30th, 2013

Option 4

The option to write your own story or poem, in your own way, is still available. Please consider the questions posted HERE before writing. Check the Written Submissions before submitting your story. Deadline: June 30th, 2013

If you have any questions or encounter technical difficulties, please contact


Contributors whose submissions are used in the book will receive a free copy of Joyful Mourning


Thank you to those who have already submitted a story, or have taken the time to reflect on their grief experience in an interview.

It’s wonderful to hear about what people have done, and still do, to find their way back to joy after a difficult loss, and to recognize how grief has changed them in good ways.

Please consider sharing your own experience of healing from loss. It start’s HERE.





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