The Leader - May 2, 2001

The Write


Davenport resident submits story on how things went 'From Eulogy to Joy'

  In the not-so-distant past, published writers were a rarity in the Quad-Cities area. Now, their numbers and output are impressive.

'From Eulogy to Joy'

  Jo Seier-Doofe of Davenport and her daughter, Julie Seier, who now lives in Chicago, are among about 100 writers telling their personal stories in "From Eulogy to Joy," compiled by Cynthia Beischel with Kristina Strom.
  The anthology offers support, information and hope to grieving individuals, and Ms. Seier-Doofe says, "I feel it will prove to be nearly as helpful as Rabbi Kuschner's 'When Bad Things Happen to Good People.'"
  Bad things certainly have happened to her family. She says, "My husband and I lost two children in separate drownings nine years apart, one in Duck Creek and on in the Mississippi. After the second tragedy I spent several years working with the Grief Support Group at
St. Luke's Hospital and several more with Divorcing Catholics."
  Her contribution to the book, "Anger and Forgiveness: Natural Parts of Grief," deals with the drowning of 13-year-old Jay in Duck Creek in 1973 and that of another son, Jack, who was pushed off a sea wall into the Mississippi in 1982. She denied her anger when Jay died, but after the second tragedy, she realized anger is a natural part of the grieving experience.
  Julie Seier's piece is titled "I Love You, Dad," and it begins, "It seems as if I realized too late exactly what you mean to me, or did you know?" She is now working on a novel.
  The compiler of the anthology, who lives in Cincinnati, says the writers have created a support system for all who read the book, and the Web site allows ongoing dialog between the contributors and the book's readers. "From Eulogy to Joy" is available from, (Barnes & Noble),, or bookstores.

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