MAUMELLE, Ark. (KTHV) - When bad things happen, sometimes it’s hard to feel anything but grief, but one woman hopes that through a special labor of love others can find hope.
A car accident on an icy winter day claimed the life of Charlotte Harry's mother, Ramona.
“Before she passed away she was working on a book on the ways that she coped with the loss of her father to cancer and I was helping her thought the editing and writing process,” Harry said.
Harry said her mother worked hard on the book and she couldn’t let it go to waste. So, she got to writing.
“The first half of the book is of course my mother’s words and she talks about herself, my grandfather, and his diagnosis and then the book goes into my story,” she said.
She said the book gives people advice on how to cope with the process of grief.
“It guides the reader to some helpful resources I found helpful along my path with healing,” she said.
She said remember to breathe and take a step back when crisis hits.
“It's one of the simplest things and sometimes we forget about it and we forget to just take a second and calm our minds,” she said.
Harry also believed it’s important to keep your connections.
“It works better with a group, it works better when you have people on your side to talk to and share your experiences with who have had the same experiences you’re going through,” she said.
If you do these things, she said it’ll make the process easier and you'll get through it one day at a time.
“I want the general message of the book to be that we're going to get through grief that way we can get to the place where we are happy and remembering all of the happy moments we've shared with the ones we've lost and loved,” she said.
Harry said she wants to keep helping people that are grieving beyond the book so she has her own website, Facebook page, and has planned a one day grief seminar next year at the Maumelle event center.