Reprinted from SheWrites.com, June 18, 2014, by Dorothy Thompson Three years after the death of her mother, Meryl Ain was still unable to fill the hole that the loss had left in her life. In talking to friends, Meryl discovered an insight shared by those who had successfully overcome grief; there simply is no closure. It was a breakthrough for her. She writes, “Our loved ones will always be with us if they are not forgotten. It is up to us to integrate them into our lives in a positive way that reflects their unique personality, values and spirituality. In that way we keep them alive in our... Read More
Reprinted from Shiva.com Preserving Memories By Story Telling There are many ways to remember loved ones and celebrate their lives. The passing down of family recipes, stories and history in modern times remains important for both cultural and legacy reasons, along with helping to cope with loss. Finding appropriate tools and resources for organizing, documenting and sharing is important. The Living Memories Project is devoted to teaching fundamentals. The Living Memories Project features more than 30 interviews with celebrities and others who tell how they transformed their grief into constructive and creative action. This upbeat and uplifting book demonstrates that... Read More
Reprinted from Nabbw.com Amazon Barnes & Noble Authors: Meryl Ain, Arthur M. Fischman, and Stewart Ain Reviewed for the NABBW by: Anne Holmes The Living Memories Project is a collection of inspirational personal accounts from more than 30 people, each sharing their own unique stories of how they have or are carrying on the memories of someone they loved. Some of the storytellers are people whose names you will likely recognize, such as: Lynda Johnson Robb, who writes lovingly of how she keeps alive her memories of her mother, former first lady Lady Bird Johnson Read full article here.
Reprinted from Create-With-Joy.com, May 16, 2014 The Living Memories Project – Book Review Every time I have lost someone I loved, it has felt like my whole world has stopped. Among other things, I have experienced shock, withdrawal, and deep grief as my body and mind have tried to process the news. How can my loved one be gone? How can I live in a world where my loved one no longer exists? How will I survive without them? How can I keep the memories and legacy of my loved one alive without continually grieving their loss? There are no... Read More
Reprinted from DansPapers.com, July 21, 2014, by Joan Baum The slightly out-of-focus photo of a dandelion in its seedhead phase, dying but in the act of replenishing, nicely captures the theme of this readable, inspirational collection of short, personal memorials that the editors have assembled from 37 voices, several of whom are from Long Island. Titled The Living Memories Project: Legacies that Last (Little Miami Publishing Co.), the book owes its inception to the editors’ desire and need to deal with grief. A few years ago, Meryl Ain and her brother Arthur M. Fischman lost their mother about a year... Read More
Reprinted from TheLiteraryNook.blogspot.com, March 26, 2014 Title: The Living Memories Project: Legacies That Last Authors: Meryl Ain, Stewart Ain, & Arthur M. Fischman Publisher: Little Miami Publishing Pages: 196 Genre: Nonfiction Format: Paperback Purchase at AMAZON Three years after the death of her mother, Meryl Ain was still unable to fill the hole that the loss had left in her life. In talking to friends, Meryl discovered an insight shared by those who had successfully overcome grief; there simply is no closure. It was a breakthrough for her. She writes, “Our loved ones will always be with us if they are not forgotten. It... Read More
Reprinted from AfterFiftyLiving.com, 03/19/2014, by Meryl Ain, Ed.D. I still remember the first time I heard The Beatles on the radio as a teenager. My mother had just told me that my boyfriend had arrived for our Saturday night date. “I Want to Hold Your Hand” came on the radio and I was transfixed. I had to hear the whole song before I went downstairs. It has been 50 years since The Beatles first visited the United States, but their music is as alive as ever. Although the Beatles stopped performing as a group in 1970, and John Lennon and... Read More
Readable, inspirational collection of short, personal memorials….The stories all have an informal tone (some record recent loss, others go back years), and each story is told by a survivor who now “shares” it with the reader, thus giving the tributes a sense of intimacy, of confidences exchanged…..What emerges from all the stories is that legacy is what we make of it, what we do, and that memorials are for us more than about the dead. Click here.
Joan Baum, Dan’s Papers
This is a wonderful book, and a powerful topic! A book you’ll actually want to savor, especially if you are thinking about how you’d like to best honor the memory of someone special whom you’ve lost. Or even if you’re looking ahead to how you personally would like to be remembered.
Anne Holmes, National Association of Baby Boomer Women
Loved ones leave us but the memories remain. In this spirit, the authors of The Living Memories Project render the reader a profound service by giving us the tools to confer immortality upon generations past.
Rabbi Marc Schneier, The Hampton Synagogue & President, The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding
For most of us, losing a loved one will be the worst tragedy of our lives. And we struggle with how to best honor their memory–indeed, how best to remember them. This moving book not only is a tribute to some extraordinary individuals who have gone before us, but also serves as a guide for all of us who wish to remember those who have touched our lives with their love.
Rev. James Martin, SJ, author of Jesus: A Pilgrimage
The Living Memories Project shows us how to move forward after the loss of loved ones by keeping them alive in our hearts and the work that we do in their memory. It’s a sure read for everyone.
Marty Lyons, former Jets Star & Founder of the Marty Lyons Foundation, a wish-granting organization
The Living Memories Project fulfills its mission with flying colors. It not only teaches us how people successfully preserve the memory of their loved ones, it demonstrates how we can live our lives to maximum effect. A truly wonderful book on resilience, compassion and creativity.
Rabbi Shaul Praver, Newtown, Connecticut
The stories in this book are inspiring for their ability to embrace loss and grieving in ways that facilitate human development. They are not only a testament to the rewards of deep love and friendship, but also a confirmation that life and death are inextricably intertwined.
Marilyn Price-Mitchell PhD, Developmental Psychologist