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Books, Writing, Grief and and Event


Help a Writer

What’s a good name for a friendly giant? How about a scary creature that tries to hurt people. What would it look like? In other words what scares the crap out of you?

Writing to a Deadline is Hard

I am sweating away, trying to get 3 chapters of a fantasy ready to send to a publisher as per his request and I am finding characters are so much trouble to create and name. Lucky I found decent names for my children; it could have been bad…


106 Ways to Deal with Grief: Background – What is the story behind the points I put in the book. www.KathyBriantBooks.com

2. Don’t put the pictures away. Bring them out.  

Sometimes it’s too painful to look at the pictures and things from the person who died. People clear the decks, removing any reminder they might have of the person who died. They clean out closets and put pictures away in drawers so they don’t have to look at them. Ok, for a first response that’s fine if you need to do that. But after a while, I think you will want those pictures back and they will help in the healing process.

I think it is important to have a reminder of the person close by. Some people even create a little altar with the person’s picture and some of the things they liked or things that remind us of them. I think pictures are important.

The first thing I did within a week or two of her passing was find a good picture of Shannon and put it in a frame someone gave her for Christmas, an especially nice one. It was of her just before she got sick with the depression that she never came out of, so in her mid 20’s. It’s even a picture she took of herself to use in a web site she was creating at work, so it is how she would have wanted to be remembered. It’s the same picture I used at her funeral since she was cremated, the one people said, did you see that picture come alive? I did. So it was special. I also used that picture in her art shows I finally managed to have, along with some of her art so people could see the person that created all that fine art

For the first year or so, each month I would put it on a table with a candle burning to commemorate the day of the month she died and that made me feel better. I was never a ritual person, but that candle before her picture meant a lot to me.

Now the picture is within viewing in the living room and I often talk to her. I’ll tell her how much I still miss her (after five years) and tell her little things about the day she would have found interesting. So keep a picture near for comfort. It’s a good thing.

Shannon Morgan



106 Ways to Deal with Grief

Kathy will be selling her book along with many other authors also selling books at:


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 4TH, 2014,            10 – 4pm



I did a workshop on Grief and the holidays and one suggestion I really liked and will implement it.  I got 4 little frames – Santas with a space for a photo and will put a picture of Shannon in one and Ben in another, then do a set for my sister that is the same.  We can put the decorations on our trees and have a reminder of the two we lost.  That feels very good to me.  Remember to keep some energy for yourself this season and allow  yourself some wiggle room to get out of commitments you can’t/don’t want to do.  Keep the traditions you like and let the others go.    Best wishes for the Holidays.




Kathy A. Briant
Ph:  403 239-4839
Cell:  403 847-3949
Email:  info@KathyBriantBooks.com
Web:  www.KathyBriantBooks.com

106 Ways to Deal with Grief

Kathy’s daughter Shannon, an artist, took her life in 2009.  After a long battle with mental illness, Shannon thought nothing would ever get better so she swallowed every pill she could find and went to bed.

People may remember the many art shows Kathy held and continues to hold, to promote the art Shannon would never take out of the closet, and engage people in discussions about suicide, mental illness and the life of an artist.

The journey through grief is a gut wrenching process.  Kathy’s world was turned upside down and she went through reactions and behaviours that she found strange and was double traumatized, both by the loss of a child and the loss of herself.

This book, 106 Ways to Deal with Grief is the result of that journey through rough seas.  Anyone who has lost a loved one will find solace in these words.   This is a good book to read because no one going through the mourning process can concentrate long enough for a while to read the usual kind of book.  This book is framed in easy to understand sentences and the reader can start and stop wherever they feel they want to. The statements are clear and realistic and give the grieving person a map to understand what they are going through.  This book is designed to help a person undergoing one of the most difficult processes they will ever experience.

Also valuable for individuals and professionals, it provides an understanding of the grieving person.  Filled with Kathy’s personal experiences as well as the process others underwent, the statements help others to understand the grieving person.  If you know someone going through the grief process, this is the book they need and you need to understand them.

Kathy has a number of book signings organized and welcomes anyone wanting to talk:

  • Chapters Crowfoot, Sat Oct 22  12-5 pm
  • Indigo Signal Hill, Sat Nov 5 12-7 pm
  • Chapters Dalhousie, Sat Nov 19, 1-5 pm
  • Coles, Market Mall, Sunday Nov 20  12-4 pm
  • Chapters Chinook, Sunday Nov 27  12-6 pm
  • Thursday December 1,  7–8:30 p.m. Author Talk at the Cochrane Library (Nan Boothby Memorial Library, 405 Railway Street Cochrane.)

Getting through the holiday season may be difficult for those who have experienced the death of a loved one. Participants will explore practical ways to approach the holidays. Offered in partnership with Alberta Health Services – Cochrane Addiction and Mental Health Clinic and Cochrane FCSS.

Kathy will talk about how she came to write the book, “106 Ways to Deal With Grief” after the death of her daughter, Shannon by suicide, what it contains and who it is designed to help.

Books will be for sale and some of Shannon’s art and cards will be available to view.

Kathy Briant at Indigo, Signal HillKathy Briant at Indigo, Signal Hill