Poignant and incredibly powerful,
Ness not only entertains but leaves
us deep in thought.
The death of a loved one is devastating, and can leave us questioning our new path. Will I ever want to find love again, and if so, how do I find it? What is appropriate behavior for a fifty-four-year-old widowed senior? Should I explore dating sites? Meet women in bars? Rely on introductions from friends? The questions far outnumber the answers.
Dennis and Hope Freed had a fulfilling marriage. Over the course of thirty-two years they built a home, created a loving family, and shared all their dreams with one another and their two sons. Then Hope got cancer. She fought a long, brave battle, but it was one she couldn’t win. Dennis Freed’s beloved wife and best-trusted friend had gone, leaving him alone to figure out a future he’d never imagined. As he sorted through what society expected of a long-term caregiver and widower, Dennis eventually emerged from mourning, his heart ready for life’s next chapter. Nervously, he began to go out with women again, and endured all the awkward—and hilarious—embarrassments a man who hadn’t dated in decades might expect. He kept on trying, embracing and trusting the process. Love, Loss, and Awakening chronicles a courageous and uplifting journey through sorrow to the rediscovery of happiness.
Losing someone close to you is truly one of the most difficult things to go through, but whilst the contours of grief are different for each of us, it is a comfort to know we are not alone in running the gamut of emotions that beset us. Love Loss and Awakening is Dennis P. Freed's story and through his words, he has written one of the most honest books on the anger, confusion, and doubt that comes with the death of a loved one but equally as importantly the doubt and guilt-ridden process of moving forward. Beautifully written there is a rawness and vulnerability here that is likely to make readers cry over and over again, but it will also help them to confront their own losses and understand better how they can have a wholehearted and meaningful life after the loss of a loved one. It’s not an easy journey but there is an inevitability in Freed's words, that loss will unfold as it must and he has modulated his own journey toward happiness and overcoming grief without unseemly haste. In doing so he demonstrates how grief can change us and make us act, for better or for worse and it’s on this level that he doesn’t simply tell his story but empowers us to move on. To again find and embrace love and live life to the full.
An ode to love, loss and new beginnings, poignant and cuttingly insightful, Love Loss and Awakening will leave no heart untouched and likely be returned to many times over. It is recommended without reservation.
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Dennis P. Freed is a native of Brooklyn, New York, and, from age three, grew up in Oceanside, Long Island, where he later raised his family. He earned a BS in Civil Engineering at the University of Rhode Island. After a stint as a structural engineer, he entered the Construction Management and Development profession in New York City, where he has led teams to construct and develop more than sixty-five buildings. Also an associate professor at Pratt University in New York, he teaches Construction Management to architecture students. When he’s not writing, Dennis enjoys playing ice hockey, hiking, skiing, scuba diving, building model railroads, and playing Native American flutes.
"When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us."
Quote from Alexander Graham Bell