Help for Healing

Bitter & Sweet, living daily with grief

Renewed Enthusiasm

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So writing a book is kinda crazy.  It’s not the actual story that is so hard, at least not for me.  It’s everything else that goes with it.  Things you wouldn’t even think of.  Getting permissions for writing, song lyrics, photos… seems endless.  We’ve actually ARGUED over punctuation and capitalization. 

Editing?  Over and over and over again.  I’m doing the seven millionth edit and I can’t believe I still find typos.  Marketing is a whole other beast.  And I mean a beast.  Designing the cover, changing this, tweaking that.   Over and over and over again.

Today, Brigette and I met with some key people at Hospice.  My experience with Hospice was awesome when Tim was sick.  But going to a not-for-profit organization to ask for assistance with a book that I am hoping to actually make a profit on, was a little scary.  I want to be linked with them because it’s a natural fit, but I really didn’t know what to expect.

It was a truly great experience.  They could not have been more friendly or helpful.  “What else can we do for you?”  “What other ways can we help you?”  I couldn’t believe it.  We walked out of there on cloud nine.  We needed a boost with all the mundane jobs we have been tackling, and this did it.  How great to have the support of such an amazing organization?   Once again, I walked away from that building with hope in my heart.  Just pulling into the parking lot can cause me to have stomach issues, but I left with a huge smile on my face.

A sweet day.  Could use those every once in a while, know what I mean?

Author: Help for Healing

My name is Darcy Thiel. What people say they appreciate most about me is my genuine nature. I utilize my professional and personal experiences to increase my understanding and compassion to help others. My career has many faces, so let me tell you about a few. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in NY State and am a couple and family therapist. As an Adult Planning Specialist and End of Life Doula, I take my experiences with my parents’ and husband's illnesses and passing to help others navigate the crazy, complicated medical world we live in. This dovetails with the books I have written. Bitter and Sweet: A Family’s Journey with Cancer, the prequel to Life After Death, on This Side of Heaven is an honest and raw perspective on coping with the diagnosis and subsequent loss of Tim, my spouse. I have done extensive speaking on the above topics through live audiences, radio shows, and an occasional TV spot. For more information, see my websites at,, or Copyright Help for Healing by Darcy Thiel © 2012-2019. All rights reserved.

One thought on “Renewed Enthusiasm

  1. You certainly have had to learn to accept the bitter with the sweet in publishing your book. But how wonderful it is for you to be able to acknowledge those sweet moments along the way. It probably makes them even sweeter when they come along because it sounds like they are few and far between during this day to day process. Congratulations on this incredible news. It certainly should be celebrated in a special way.

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