Shining Through

– From Grief to Gratitude

A mothers story of shining through from grief and gratitude; a parents rite of passage through the traumas of suicide, secrets and spirituality. From Outback Australia to Indian Ashrams, Greek temples and American Indian Sweat Lodges this is a journey a soul yearning for freedom.

Soraya’s very raw memoir will have you riveted from cover to cover. She shares her journey with grief after losing her brother and son to suicide, interwoven with the wisdom of forgiveness and freedom with mindful presence with acceptance of life ‘as it is’  to come shining through, Free to be.

Seven years in the writing, Soraya dedicates this book to the memory of both her brother Gil and son Prem. Read Soraya’s blog about why she wrote her book here.

Shining Through

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“This book is a priceless gift from a courageous, beautiful soul and a shining beacon for our troubled modern world. If you have ever tried to find comfort and healing through spiritual paths when in deep pain and grief, then here is a guide who can assist you out of the darkness into a new dawn of forgiveness and freedom.”

 Sally Oldfield
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  • A personal memoir journeying from Grief & Gratitude
  • Bereavement by suicide
  • A teenagers struggle to find himself
  • Raising sons without fathers – the heartache
  • Embracing acceptance, forgiveness and gratitude
  • Mindfulness in Action – accepting life ‘as it is’
  • Healing with loving kindness and compassion
  • Shining Through with Gratitude for this ‘gift of life’
  • FREE meditation download with each book

Soraya is passionate about dispelling the veil of shame that surrounds suicide and stepping up to make a difference through education around mindfulness, compassionate listening, loving kindness, acceptance, and inclusivity toward all peoples.

Winner of 5 independent FIVE STAR reviews

Author Interview with Soraya about Shining Through: From Grief to Gratitude with Ocean Reeve.

A snapshot of this Powerful Memoir

from chapter 1 – Shining Through – from Grief to Gratitude

I have no choice but to surrender my hopes and dreams for this child of my heart. As I look out the window, the sun is setting as it does every other day. The perfect tangerine ball drops behind the distant mountains, silhouetted by a hazy pink border. It throws a soft, golden light on the brown skin of my beautiful boy lying in the bed beside me, on the second floor of an Australian Hospital.

The past week has been a roller coaster ride of hope and despair. How we came to this point is beyond me. I did everything in my power to avoid it and yet here I sit helpless and defeated as my son’s life slips away. All we have now are these precious last moments together. I need to savour them, because I am not ready to let go yet. My feelings are a twisted knot of confusion, despair, and emptiness. I’ve given up all hope of seeing my boy alive and happy. Prem is gasping his final breaths as I wait for him to pass over to a better place, a place of peace, light, and love, where the cruelness of the human world cannot hurt him anymore. A place where he’ll receive the healing his soul requires.

I look at the eyelids covering his beautiful, brown eyes. He looks peaceful enough. There’s only the rise and fall of his chest and the haunting sound of his body desperately clinging to life. I feel as if I’m taking every breath with him. With every heartbeat I experience my own waves of pain, shock, grief, and love. How did I end up in this strange hospital? Why am I in this alien place, waiting for my son to slip away forever? 

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