| Welcome to
A Place of Light
This website was originally created for survivors of suicide by Joni Woelfel in memory of her son, Dominic. Through the years, it has been expanded to include outreach to anyone grieving or experiencing loss or transition of any kind. Embracing sensitivity, spiritual strength and the diversity of all faiths, may the words of comfort, resources listed and information of Joni's books available offer hope, help and companionship to anyone stopping by. Welcome to this small sacred space that wishes to offer rest, consolation, insight and peace to the weary, lost or searching.
|Click here to meet the Advisors, Consultant & Friends
Click Here to read Dominic's bio.
|Click here to print out children's Advent parish resource story:
Manger of the Human Heart
(referenced in Ministry and Liturgy Magazine.)
|Click here to to join our Ruby Ring Forgiveness Club.|
|Click here to read about Joni's book, Craving Hope:
A Spiritual Companion to Weight Loss.
|Click here to read Map of the Heart: 40 Images and Insights for Survivors of Suicide from Joni and Jerry's TCF Nashville conference workshop. (July 18 - 20, 2008)|
|Click here to read about Joni's book in progress, Illness Speaks|
|Click here to read an article by Adolfo Quezada|
| Click here For Light & Sound: A Musical Invitation
A seperate website provided by Gary Frye.
The site features Gary's original music & video
|For anyone who would like a candle lit for loved ones or themselves, please Click here to visit or leave a message at our Guest Book|
|This site has a vigil candle ministry.|
|This site was founded in conjunction with the publication of Joni's book,
Meditations for Survivors of Suicide
by Resurrection Press, Sept. 2002
-An Imprint of Catholic Book Publishing Co.
Click on cover to read excerpts.
|From the back cover: Survivors of suicide face a unique valley of grief, best navigated with the aid of someone who has been there. Joni Woelfel has skillfully blended her personal story with scripture, imaginative images and hard-won wisdom to craft an accessible and truly comforting book. I wholeheartedly recommend this inspiring resource for anyone surviving the suicide of a loved one or indeed anyone who grieves. Amy Florian, Bereavement Consultant and Executive Director of Stauros.|
|Joni's 5th book, A Party of One: Meditations for Those Who Live Alone
is available from Resurrection Press, www.catholicbookpublishing.com.
Click on cover to read excerpt and review.
|Joni's 4th book (The Edge of Greatness: Empowering Meditations for Life) is available from Resurrection Press. Visit Resurrection's website www.catholicbookpublishing.com for details.
Click on book cover to see what others are saying about - The Edge of Greatness
|Joni has two other books published by Acta Publications, www.actapublications.com , also written to offer comfort, companionship and hope.|
|Click below on covers to read excerpts of these books:|
|-Tall in Spirit:
Meditations for the Chronically Ill
|-The Light Within:
A Woman’s Book of Solace
|People are like stained glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out but when darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed, only if there is a light from within. -Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, M.D.|
|Grief After Suicide:
From SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education)
|* Know that you can survive. Though you may feel you cannot survive, you can.
* The intense feelings of grief can be overwhelming and frightening. This is normal. You are not going
crazy; you are grieving.
* You may experience feelings of guilt, confusion and anger, even fear. These are all common
responses to grief.
* You may even have thoughts of suicide. This, too, is common. It does not mean you will act on
* Forgetfulness is a common, but temporary side effect. Grieving takes so much energy that other
things will fade in importance.
* Keep asking "why" until you no longer need to ask.
* Healing takes time. Allow yourself the time you need to grieve.
* Grief has no predictable pattern or timetable. Though there are elements of commonality in grief,
each person and each situation is unique.
* If you can delay making major decisions, do so.
* The path of grief is one of twists and turns and you may often feel you are getting nowhere.
Remember that even setbacks are a kind of progress.
* This is the hardest thing you will ever do. Be patient with yourself.
* Seek out people who are willing to listen when you need to talk and who understand your need to
* Give yourself permission to seek professional help.
* Avoid people who try to tell you what to feel and how to feel it and, in particular, those who think
you should "be over it by now."
* Find a support group for survivors of suicide that provides a safe place for you to express your
feelings or simply a place to go to be with other survivors who are experiencing some of the same
things you are going through.
Copyright 1995-2002 SAVE
|"Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal." -Thomas More
"We know that every moment is a moment of grace, every hour an offering;
Not to share them would be to betray them. Our lives no longer belong to us alone;
they belong to all who need us so desperately." - Eli Wiesel
Always in our Hearts
October 30, l981 – August 7, l999
|From My Son... My Son... by Iris Bolton with Curtis Mitchell, (copyright 1983, l994 Iris Bolton, Bolton Press, all rights reserved): "My son...my son... your life indeed was a precious gift. Unbelievably so were the lessons I learned from living each day for itself, knowing that there may be no tomorrow, but whatever happens I have this day to love, to value, to be. I must have thought that you were immortal, if I thought at all, for I never even considered that you might die. Now, you have taught me to revere life. I see that it is precious and fragile and can vanish in an instant. I now look with "seeing" eyes and "hearing" ears. I'm intent on cherishing the moment. What a treasury of lessons your sacrifice has uncovered. Would that I never forget. And if I do... because I am human... let my scarred heart remind me gently with pangs of missing you. And help me to be aware always that it is through suffering that we humans meet one another, knowing no strangers, and that life can regain its meaning through that precious kinship."|
|This Web Site Contains a Total of 15 Pages.|
|Home / Index - (Viewing Now)|
|Map of the Heart -
|Advisors Consultants & Friends|
|The Edge of Greatness|
|Meditations for Survivors of Suicide (Excerpts)|
|The Light Within (Excerpts)|
|A Party of One|
|Tall in Spirit - (Excerpts)|
|Illness Speaks -
(Book in Progress)
|Tall in Spirit - Movie Intro.|
|Sign Guestbook - View GuestBook|
|An Article by Adolfo Quezada|
|Light & Sound: A Musical Invitation|
|Website - Recognition|
|Joni and Jerry were invited to present a grief workshop at the national TCF conference in Nashville, 2008. For information and words of comfort, visit www.thecompassionatefriends.com.|
|Healthy Initiatives @ http://www.healthyinitiatives.com/Faith%20Resources.htm|
|Famous Patient Page - www.menieresinfo.com/patients.html|
|Last Edit - Sept. 23, 2009|
|Web Site Established - August 1st, 2002|
|Site webmaster is Gary Frye using Yahoo Pagebuilder.|