Thank you to the Arizona Republic for doing a write up about our project in this week’s paper. If you missed it, here’s a link:
Arizona Republic: Gilbert Woman In Search Of ‘Goodbye Letters’ For Book
This has generated several letters and ideas that others have shared. It’s amazing how many good ideas come from people when you bother to ask. I will be posting some of the letters here once I have all the permissions given.
There have been questions from others about why we are limiting our letters to only children to their parents–WE’RE NOT!!!
I know, I know…our logo says that, but avid followers of this project know that we are being open minded. We have contacted hospice organizations and have sent letters out to community newsletters. Here’s a growing list of “Last Goodbyes” we’ve thought would be good:
- Military families overseas (we pray for the best, but never know the outcome of serving our country)
- Hospice patients/care givers
- Big Brothers/Big Sisters (the little bros/sis as they transition out of the relationship)
- Make-A-Wish, wish kids
If you can think of any other groupings, please let us know! We need all the help we can get!
Sigh. This project needs a jump start. And you can help! I’ve thought of five (easy) ways you can help us get the word out about needing some letter contributions. Let me restate that–we need lots and lots of letter contributions! Here are my ideas (if you have more, please share!)
1. Ask five friends to “like” us on Facebook (saying ‘pretty please’ might help)
2. Ask me for a copy of our first press release and then personally send it to a connection you may have at a community newsletter, to another blogger, or even someone at 60 Minutes!
3. Send in a letter of your own
4. Visit our website/blog and post a reply to this or another post
5. Say a prayer for our success!
My first thought when I was inspired to start this project was, “Really? Who needs another inspirational book? How is this going to help others?”
Then I realized that there are about a billion cookbooks published every year, but apparently foodies still want more. Even though there are lots of great inspirational books out there, I’m hoping this one will touch people in a new way, at the right time for them. I also realized that I don’t need to know how the Last Goodbye Letters book will help and comfort and inspire people, they’ll figure that out on their own.
I’ve been so excited and gratified when people tell me that they think this is a great idea. They come up with their own ways that it might help people that I had never thought of. One friend suggested that it might encourage children to pen notes to their parents now so that they can heal a hurting relationship. She also thought maybe it would provide a roadmap for them to figure out how to draft their own letter. She said that maybe it would be a therapy kind of book for those who read it to see that they have similar situations and maybe they’d write posthumous letters as part of therapy to heal that way.
This book won’t be for everyone. But I hope that those who would benefit from it will find it in their hands.
I don’t know how long it will take, but I appreciate everyone’s help in getting the word out.
Up until today, I’ve been doing all the behind the scenes work on this project. Keeping busy at it, too! I’ve tried to get this blog up and somewhat functional. I’m working on understanding Facebook. I’m going to try to get a YouTube channel to post a video. I’ve got a mailing address and business cards. I’ve sent out a few press releases. But that’s all been behind a wall of anonymity.
Today, about a half an hour ago, I sent out a personal request to family, friends and co-workers. I let them know about the Last Goodbye Letters project, and (gasp!) this blog, and asked them to send letters and let others know how to help. I’m a fairly private person, so putting my feelings and plans and hopes out there for all to see and analyze was pretty daunting.
I’m pleased to say that I have great family, friends and co-workers! Several have responded with encouragement and I’ve even gotten a couple of submissions!
Thank you to everyone for your support!