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Vendor: WestBow Press
Publication Date: 2013
Becky Kennedy seemingly has it all beautiful daughters who are successful in their own right; a thriving law practice, and a condo that overlooks the Gulf of Mexico with sunsets casting orange, red and purple at the end of each day. But a closer view tells the rest of the story.
Becky has been a primary caregiver for her mother over the last twenty-two years. As Alzheimer's has robbed her mother's memory, Becky and her father have continued their faithful care for her. Then, just two short years ago, Becky lost her husband in an automobile accident that left her struggling to cope with the grief of that loss and the day-to-day decline of the mother she loves.
Soul Song dives deep into the connection of a daughter to her mother in the final stages of life, when memory is gone and faith sustains, while also experiencing the joy of her relationship with her daughters as their futures grow and their paths are revealed. In the end, faith, family, and love endure all in this compelling story.
Author: Constance Morris
Located in: Orlando, Florida
Submitted: April 27, 2013
Tell us a little about yourself. I am married and have lived in Florida all of my life; in the Orlando area for the last fifteen years.
What was your motivation behind this project? My mother had Alzheimer's for twenty-two years. My faith grew during this time and the role of faith and family was so important.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? I want people who are going through long term illness with a family member to feel hopeful and realize that joy and grief can occur together and that faith sustains us even when we feel overwhelmed.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? My mother died five years ago after suffering with Alzheimer's for twenty-two years. I think time has offered perspective but going through all of the details to create this fictional novel was emotional at times.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: Soul Song is the book's title because at the end of my mother's life singing to her was a way that I connected with her. Love for music was something that she and I shared before she was ill and our final shared moments over the last few years of her illness when she couldn't speak.