Send My Roots Rain: A Companion on the Grief Journey (Paperback)
Langley offers comfort and encouragement to those struggling with recent loss or grief, helping them find language for complex emotions, and open their hearts through poetry.
Send My Roots Rain is a companion full of stories—sometimes wry and funny, always observant and accepting—for letting grief unfold and teach us. Langley invites a keen awareness that the passage through grief is the navigation of a narrow strait, requiring patience, skill, and worthy companions. These poems can be those companions on the journey.
Langley has carefully selected 60 poems and arranged them in a meaningful arc, beginning with the shock of early grief, leading through a sensitive exploration of a new inner space. She introduces each section, encouraging the ongoing embrace of the healing power of poems, writing, and entry into the grieving process. Each poem is followed by a brief meditation and quotation, with questions for contemplation, journaling, or group discussion.
“If you’ve ever experienced the searing pain of horrendous loss, you know the pricelessness of having a friend who is there only when needed – no more, no less. Consider this book just such a friend.” —Amy Greene, D.Min, ACPE Board Chair, Director of Spiritual Care, Cleveland Clinic
“Carpets the grief landscape with color, courage, and comfort. I recommend it for anyone struggling with loss. As a resource, this book will be well used.” —Carole Calladine, MSSA, LISW, author, speaker, and Medical Social Worker
“This is a treasure for chaplains, counselors, pastors, and anyone accompanying others through loss.” —Rev. Molly Bolton, M.Div., Cleveland Clinic Foundation Chaplain