This is a blog about loss that often isn't acknowledged by society. Validation, reclamation, and hope will be shared.
Amy Saltz, author of An Essential Song, relates her experiences about living after attempting suicide. This site is meant to be a safe place for others to gain mutual support.
Hi! Welcome to this blog. I recently wrote and published a book entitled An Essential Song. It's a metaphorical story of love, loss, recovery, and healing. The book takes the reader on a journey through hopelessness to wholeness. That's what I hope this blog can do!
“An Essential Song”, written by Amy R. Saltz and illustrated by Mike T. Cherry, has won the Bronze 2018 Living Now Award for the category of Grieving/Death & Dying.
The Living Now Book Awards are designed to bring increased recognition to the year's very best lifestyle books and their creators. We all seek healthier, more fulfilling, and productive lives, and books are an important tool for gaining knowledge about how to achieve these goals for ourselves and our loved ones.
Both the paperback and Kindle editions of “An Essential Song” may be found on Amazon. Paperbacks are also available at the Spirit of ’76 Bookstore and the Temple Emanu-El Judaica Shop in Marblehead, MA.
I was very happy to be interviewed by Reader Review recently and discuss "An Essential Song" with them! Here's a few excerpts:
Welcome Amy and thank you for being with us today! Why don’t
you start by telling our readers a bit about your journey to becoming a
One of the tools I utilized with my
bereavement counselor and trauma specialist was writing. I began writing
a story about my husband Leon’s death and put it aside when I met my
next life partner, Ben. I picked up the story again after Ben died, then
put it back in the folder. When the bereavement counselor and trauma
specialist retired, I picked up the story again to bring it to fruition,
so I could thank them while they’re still alive.
What was your biggest challenge writing “An Essential Song?”
biggest challenge was discovering a way to tell an honest story that
contains sadness without being too heavy for the reader. The idea to
utilize colorful illustrations helped me create im…