Catch Me When I Fall

Poems of Mother Loss and Healing

Non-Fiction - Spiritual/Supernatural
288 Pages
Reviewed on 02/23/2023
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Author Biography

I am an executive coach, former hospice chaplain, and author of multiple award-winning Catch Me When I Fall: Poems of Mother Loss and Healing (SWP, May 2023), The Thriver’s Edge: Seven Keys to Transform the Way You Live, Love, and Lead (SWP, 2015), and a contributor to Art in the Time of Unbearable Crisis: Women Writer’s Respond to the Call (SWP, 2022).
I wrote Catch Me When I Fall as a poetic memoir−a tribute to my mother and our healing, and her love song to me through the gifts of wisdom she shared with me following her death. The letters and poems in this book are expressions of the deepest loss I’ve ever known, and how, as I allowed myself to fully enter grief’s mystery, I experienced a love so vast, I came to trust that love can never die.
My mother and I had a difficult relationship until the twilight of her life. When she was on earth, I was her teacher, and since her death, she’s become mine. It is my fervent hope that this book will be a healing balm for anyone seeking to heal a difficult relationship with a loved one, or if you’ve experienced the loss of someone dear and are struggling to make meaning of that loss. My wish is that my books will bring you comfort, healing, hope, and inspiration, wherever you are on your journey.
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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite

Born to a fundamentalist Christian Baptist Republican mother from Texas, Donna Stoneham's relationship with her mother had its share of ups and downs. However, with the passing years, it evolves into a relationship based on mutual understanding, acceptance, and love. Catch Me When I Fall is a beautiful poetry collection and celebration of love, and its power to heal, transform and make us whole. The poems are an intimate recollection of Donna and her mother's relationship and a testament to divine transcendent love that has the power to overcome loss and grief and bring a person toward the path of healing. Through personal letters and poems, Donna reveals her experiences with grief and pain over the loss of her mother and her subsequent transformative spiritual quest for healing and forgiveness.

It's never too late to change. This adage is perfectly demonstrated when Donna Stoneham's mother finally accepts her daughter for who she is. Catch Me When I Fall is an intimate collection of poetry that shows how even in the most difficult of times, love finds a way to pierce the darkness and bring joy into our lives. Donna's poems have an intimate quality to them that helps you relate and empathize with her feelings, evoking poignant emotions that tug at your heartstrings. Her letters add further depth to the meaning behind her stanzas, elevating and enhancing the lyricism of the verses. This is not just a collection for poetry lovers but a book for anyone who has suffered the loss of a loved one. Highly recommended.