Voices of the Grieving Heart
When Mike Bernhardt's wife died, he turned to writing poetry as a tool of healing. He later solicited the poetry of other people whose loved ones had died, receiving hundreds of submissions from around the world. The result was Voices of the Grieving Heart, first published in 1994. More than just an anthology, it is a companion on the darkest road many of us will ever have to travel: grieving the death of someone we loved.
This new, expanded edition contains over 160 selected poems, essays, and images by 83 contributors who share their journeys through loss, grief, and transformation, including:
- Deaths due to suicide, miscarriage, COVID-19, and other causes
- Reflections on grief, 30 years later, from first-edition contributors
- Prompts and blank pages for readers to add their own poetry
Praise For Voices of the Grieving Heart…
“Each poem is a perfect mirror, an encouragement to heal. This is the poetry of our joy and exhaustion, living and dying with the consequences of love. This is our voice when our heart is broken.”
Stephen Levine, Author of Who Dies?
"Voices of the Grieving Heart, carefully curated by Mike Bernhardt, is a profoundly compassionate friend of a book - listening, gently responding, sharing the heavy load of sorrow, letting anyone of any age living through any sorrow know, they are not alone. We will never be alone."
"Naomi Shihab Nye, Young People's Poet Laureate, Poetry Foundation
This beautiful book speaks directly to the heart with moving and powerful poetry from people who generously share their journeys of love, loss, healing, and hope.”
Debbie Augenthaler, LMHC, NCC, Author of You Are Not Alone: A Heartfelt Guide for Grieving, Healing, and Hope
Cypress Point Press, 9780964281011, 304pp.
Publication Date: April 7, 2021
About the Author
After retiring in 2016 from a career in IT, he began to write a travel blog and essays. His award-winning essays have appeared in Deep Travel: Souvenirs from the Inner Journey, DIVER Magazine, Hidden Compass, and other print and online publications.
Mike lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his second wife and their two cats.