Review by Rayna: Find the Good
Finding the Good:
Unexpected Life Lessons from a Small-Town Obituary Writer
Find the Good was written by Heather Lende a long time obituary writer. I really enjoyed this unusual book.
Re-framing situations and events is a skill taught in coaching. Re-frame means to look at something in a new perspective. I was impressed with Heather’s ability to re-frame the tragedies that brought her into these people’s lives at that moment. Her 30,000 foot view of the person’s life brings such comfort and wisdom.
Find the Good is filled with wonderful stories and golden nuggets of truth. Heather was asked to write a short essay describing one piece of wisdom to live by. After spending time thinking about what would important to share she boiled it down to Find the Good. From this simple concept Heather wrote this book.
After years of interviewing families during one of the most difficult days of their life she developed the knack for finding the good. Though the end of someone’s life might be tragic for any one of many reasons, she has found the power of discovering how to find the good in their life and share it in a wonderful way.
Some of the chapters included in this book are Stop and Smell the Fish, Draw Lines in the Sand So You Can Move Them, and Listen to Your Mother. Each chapter has a story of an obituary and ends with the conclusion that brings it down to the title she gave the chapter.
I can’t say I have ever read many obituaries in my life. And I know I have never read ones written with so much care and desire to honor. Heather’s unique view of life and death brings great perspective. I hope you enjoy this fun read as much as I did.
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