A retired clergyperson, with over 30 years of experience in civilian and military chaplaincy, explores her own grief experiences, including the deaths of two husbands, as well as reflections on myriad other losses everyone suffers. The author shares how we can easily relate to the sorrows of the Nobel-prize-winning poet Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941). His life and writings are strikingly relevant today and offer heartfelt messages of hope and strength.
Linda George served as a US Army Chaplain for 24 years, and served in civilian chaplaincy for 8 years. She continues to preach and teach regularly for several different congregations. She is a classically trained pianist and vocalist who frequently shares her musical talents with others. At age 72, she works out with a personal trainer at the gym four times a week, and she’s exceedingly grateful that she can do that! She has traveled extensively in the last few years, visiting such places as Iceland, the Galapagos Islands, nothern and southern India, Egypt, and Africa. She loves to read history, biographies and autobiographies, and she loves learning about different spiritual traditions.
Linda never expected to publish her writings from some post-graduate work she did on healing from grief. Partly the writing was therapy for her as she cared for her husband who was dying from cancer. After thirty years of doing pastoral care with hurting folks,she thought her reflections and scholarship about suffering and loss might help others.
Linda shares her home with an old rescued coonhound and several mostly feral cats. Linda has been widowed twice, at age 42, and again at age 63. Linda’s parents both died twenty years ago. She and her two sisters have a wonderful relationship.
Linda is so grateful for all the people who have helped her become the person she is today. Among those are the mentally and physically challenged folks in a large residential facility where she served for ten years as a music therapist and as a chaplain. Also, it was her honor to have provided emotional and spiritual support to so many Soldiers, their families, and government employees during her career in the US Army.
Linda’s consistent mantra and prayer is simple: Thank You!