Above and Beyond Wellfleet
“I picked up my pen a little over a month before my husband died and started writing my heart out; I never stopped. The stories in this book are a peek into that heart. A heart which was breaking. This book is a memoir about love lost and courage gained. While grief is universal, each person’s response is unique. Grief hollows a person. Just when strength and courage are required to cope with the loss, the spirit is frail. These stories are about the unwelcome challenge of learning to live alone—not by choice but by circumstance. They are about the monumental and the mundane aspects of coping with loss and learning how to create a new way of living.” Constance B. Wilder
In the Introduction to her book Above and Beyond Wellfleet, Constance B. Wilder wrote —“Grieving is the supreme test in understanding ourselves. While building strength after devastating loss, I wrote this book for others to lean on, hoping the words would fill a void caused by loss.”
The following readers’ responses reveal that the book provides inspiration as well as comfort.
“Above and Beyond Wellfleet is a remarkable—perhaps unique—book.” One can imagine thousands of readers tucking Above and Beyond Wellfleet into their purses, brief cases and under pillows keeping it close for reassurance—even inspiration.” –J. S.
“Your book is extraordinarily touching and educational. It is a loving manual about how to go on.” –Carolyn
“This remarkable memoir is guaranteed to lift your spirits.”—Friendship, Maine friend
“It is brave and beautiful.” –Pris
“Your book drew me into every scene and emotion.” –Grace
“It should be a movie.” –Peg
“Beautifully written! A story of resilience and courage, love and loss, and above all the struggle to find joy in life even when your heart is broken. The words will stay with you long after you close the book.” –Katie
“Above and Beyond Wellfleet will help people heal. I also found it to be thoughtâprovoking on a host of family and aging issues.” –Pattie
“Above and Beyond Wellfleet is a book that will make you examine your own life, whether or not you’ve suffered devastating loss.” –Joni
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Above and Beyond Wellfleet is a remarkable perhaps unique book. It is a lean, spare account, at once highly personal and common to us all. I doubt that it contains even one extraneous word; it is easily read in a single sitting. I have sent copies already to two friends who recently lost their husbands. Ms. Wilder describes the loss of a loved one as akin to having been dropped into a foreign place and, more importantly, becoming foreigners to ourselves. Above and Beyond is her account of a decade-long journey back to familiarity. It is about resilience, determination and, above all, the spirit. One can imagine thousands of readers tucking Above and Beyond into purses and briefcases and under pillows, always keeping it close for the reassurance even inspiration it offers and for the unadulterated pleasure of reading a beautifully written work about love writ large. Do yourself a favor: Get this book!
Above and Beyond Wellfleet is a book that will make you examine your own life, whether or not you've suffered a devastating loss. Although each chapter is compelling in and of itself, several hit home with me and have changed how I manage my own life, how I take care of myself, and how I consider my future.
I really loved Above and Beyond Wellfleet. How a person responds to loss of a loved one is obviously very personal. But this book serves as a wonderful reminder for all of us that we need to take control of what happens next. Not only do I think Above and Beyond Wellfleet can help people heal, I also found it to be thought-provoking on a host of family and aging issues.
Beautifully written! A story of resilience and courage, love and loss, and above all the struggle to find joy in life even when your heart is broken. The words will stay with you long after you close the book.