During this time of remembering our loved ones, especially those who may have died less celebrated without public rituals, Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity feature an Upper Peninsula author, Emilie Lancour and her book It’s Ok To Be Ok. Finding Joy through Grief. Indeed, Emilie’s own feelings and insights may be ours. Maybe loss of Community members, family and friends during this pandemic is still raw and painful? Her powerful words may find a home in our own hearts.
Emilie writes: After unexpectedly losing my husband, I journaled to connect with my faith and to understand why God allowed this to happen. We had been married for over twenty years and were raising three teenage boys together. I wasn’t sure how to get up daily; how to grieve while my children and family were also grieving; how to run a house; and to work a full-time job. Through a lot of prayers, scripture, meditating and writing, I found joy and acceptance of God’s plan. I have discovered that I am stronger than I thought. I have learned to be a widow and a single parent. I hope to encourage others to find peace, joy, and happiness while grieving the loss of a loved one.”
Emilie earned both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in education from Northern Michigan University. She taught special education for 20 years before taking a position as a compliance specialist and technical assistance provider. She enjoys providing teachers with support and resources to help students reach their full potential.
In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing and nature photography. In the summers, Emilie spends time on the shores of Lake Superior hunting for agates; and spending time with God.
Throughout her life, she has relied on her faith to keep strong. She is involved in her local church as a lector, Eucharistic Minister, teacher as well as leading and organizing efforts to support an orphanage in Uganda, Africa. She daily experiences miracles.
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To read her blog: http://www.grieffaithandfinances.com