written by Donna O'Toole & Sauni Wood
These three ancient and contemporary folktales are wonderfully told with humor and compassion. They demonstrate the dangers and opportunities of loss, and give examples of how loss can challenge and change us. The stories give examples of courage and resilience which are woven together with information about the grief process.
Donna O'Toole and Sauni Wood are counseling professionals, well schooled in loss and grief theory and practice. Their own loss experiences, including the death of children and parents allows them to tell wisely and from the heart. Stories of Lead, Stories of Gold, contains themes which include a search for meaning after the death of a child (Mama Mockingbird, 16 minutes), a young boys response to the death of his mother that is complicated when his father remarries (The Lion's Whisker, 17 minutes), and the possibility that reconnection, hope and compassion can be gained when a loss is fully realized and understood (The Weaver's Story), 9 minutes.
These stories can be used for individual listening sessions or with groups of people of all ages. Each story begins and ends with a brief bridge of original music. A discussion guide includes background information about the tellers and the origin of the stories as well as discussion questions and suggestions on how stories can be effectively used.
CD, 46 minutes with original music interlude.