Rick Bergh – update on Transitional Loss series

Rick Bergh has been a visitor to Reading Recommendations twice previously – once to promote a children’s book he has published with his wife, Erica, and again to promote the first book in his Transitional Loss series. He’s back now to tell us about the next two titles he’s recently published.

sample1-finding-anchors-book-cover Finding Anchors: How to Bring Stability to Your Life Following a Cancer Diagnosis
It’s raw, it’s real and it’s brave! If there is one book to give your family or friends following a cancer diagnosis, this is it. Rick Bergh shares the principles he has studied, taught and lived out for more than 30 years in this practical, inspiring and hopeful guide that will help anyone stabilize their life following a cancer diagnosis. Finding Anchors will teach you how to: • Reduce your anxiety • Tackle daily challenges • Move forward in confidence • Continue to live your life in a meaningful and new way Far beyond a collection of good ideas, this book lays out 17 tried-and-true principles from hundreds of people, including Rick’s own personal journey with his wife and four children. They courageously found ways to face their mom’s cancer diagnosis while inspiring friends and family to join them on this significant journey.

taking_notice Taking Notice: How a Cancer Journey Helps Magnify What’s Important in Life
It’s honest, it’s humble and it’s surprising. Discover the meaningful life you have always wanted. It took a cancer journey with his wife, Pam, to stop author, Rick Bergh, from living out his fast-paced lifestyle and to discover what was most important in his life. Forced to re-evaluate his priorities over a five-year period, Rick began to “Take Notice” of what was happening inside himself. The results changed his life forever. Taking Notice will teach you how to: • Open your eyes up to unexpected possibilities • Discover the simplicity of the present moment • Move yourself forward in a new direction • Find life when it seems the most difficult Different than most self-help or personal development books, Taking Notice invites its readers to wrestle with 17 unique challenges during the most difficult times of their lives. Entering into our “muck” with complete vulnerability and wrestling with deeper truths brings maximum growth opportunities and unexpected results. Rick Bergh is a grief and loss counsellor and ordained Lutheran minister. His life’s passion is to write, speak and provide practical resources that really work when people are forced to transition through loss.

looking-ahead-bookwidgetnew Looking Ahead: How Your Dying Impacts Those Around You
This practical and hopeful book is a distillation of 30 years of work and study in the area of death, dying and bereavement. Author Rick Bergh shares his professional and personal experience as one who has lived through the loss of his first wife along with his four children, and his work with hundreds of people in their last chapter of life.
Looking Ahead will:
• Show you how to invite others into your important remaining days on earth
• Help you identify your new purpose and meaning in unexpected ways
• Give you tools to engage loved ones in meaningful conversation
• Provide a framework that enables family to be key contributors in your unfolding story
Far beyond a book that prepares you and your family for your death, Looking Ahead offers its readers 17 tried-and-true principles to live fully in the present. It will inspire you to author your own story and engage your family and friends in your journey looking forward.

Where to purchase the Transitional Loss Series:
Rick Bergh’s Website

Here’s a link to a video posted of Rick’s “End of Life” seminar.

The Cochrane Eagle recently ran an article about Rick and his books: Rick Bergh reflects on purposeful living in face of dying

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Rick Bergh – update on a non-fiction series

Rick and Erica Bergh were previously featured on Reading Recommendations in March 2016. Rick is back now to talk about a new book in a series he has been publishing.

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What is your latest release and what genre is it?
Finding Anchors: How to Bring Stability in Your Life Following a Cancer Diagnosis

Rick Bergh shares the principles he has studied, taught and lived out for more than 30 years in this practical, inspiring and hopeful guide that will help anyone stabilize their life following a cancer diagnosis.

Far beyond a collection of good ideas, this book lays out 17 tried-and-true principles from hundreds of people, including Rick’s own personal journey with his wife and four children. They courageously found ways to face their mom’s cancer diagnosis while inspiring friends and family to join them on this significant journey.

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Brief biography:
Rick Bergh is a transitional loss counselor, speaker, thanatologist and an ordained Lutheran minister.. He serves on the board of the Alberta Hospice and Palliative Care Association (AHPCA) and chairs the communication committee for the Palliative Care Society for the Bow Valley. He has spoken at and trained professionals in hospitals, palliative care associations, faith communities, businesses, and community groups. His popular blogging website, intentionalgrief.com is followed by numerous people. He is also a frequent guest speaker on CBC Radio’s Definitely Not the Opera (DNTO). He is a grandpa to three grandchildren. He and his wife, Erica, live in Cochrane, Alberta. His first wife died at age 47 following a 5-year battle with ovarian cancer, leaving behind four children.

Links to buy Rick’s book:
amazon.com or amazon.ca
indigo.ca
Chapters retail locations in Calgary, Alberta

Rick’s promo links:
Rick’s website
Intentional Grief

What are you working on now?
My third book in this series. It is called Looking Ahead: How Your Dying Impacts Those Around You.

Rick’s recommendation:
I am currently reading Dignity Therapy: Final Words for Final Days by Harvey Max Chochinov

Rick and Erica Bergh

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? Mr. Lumberjack is a children’s book for ages 5-9 (illustrations by Franceska Dnestrianschii)

Quick description: Mr. Lumberjack is horrified when he discovers his forest in a shambles. A journey takes him to the culprit and a surprise ending that leads to a valuable lesson about being a steward of the environment. Includes a free sing-a-long song.

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Brief biography:
Rick Bergh has been telling children’s stories all his life – first to his own four children and now to his grandchildren. They are the inspiration behind many of his heart-warming and humorous tales.

Erica Phare-Bergh is an accomplished choral conductor, music educator and pianist. Her original songs that accompany these books include excerpts from classical composers in order to familiarize children with that genre of music.

Links to buy the Berghs’ book:
Mr. Lumberjack is available on Amazon.ca and Indigo online platforms as well as in select Chapter’s bookstores in Calgary.

The Berghs’ promo links:
Email: sunshine (at) songwitheverystory.com
Website

What are you working on now?
Our next children’s book is entitled The Stretchy Cheese Pizza. It’s based on an experience that our young grandson, Connor, had when making a pizza with him mom. When she left Connor for a moment, he dumped the entire package of cheese on top of the pizza despite a warning not to do so.

What ensues in our children’s book is the crazy adventure that the cheese takes Connor on when it explodes out of the oven and all over the neighborhood.

The Berghs’ reading recommendation:
I’m really trying to figure out how to best promote our books and have enjoyed Michael Hyatt’s book, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World.