Local author creates book on healing

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YORKTON – Peg Beaton has written a book that uses her own experiences to tell a story of healing.

The eldest of 10 children, Beaton was born at Claresholm Air Force Base, Alberta during World War II. She grew up in Rutland, now part of Kelowna, and graduated from Immaculata High School in 1962, then at Notre Dame from 62-67, the first year as a layman and the remaining years as a as a nun.

“I entered the convent from 1963 to 1969,” she said, but then met her husband in 1970 and married into a family of three and a son from her husband’s first marriage.

The book tells the rest of the story for the next 44 years.

“It’s a very personal story of our family’s walk through many losses and impending grief,” said Beaton, counselor at Parkland College from 2002 to 2010 and executive director of Yorkton Transitional Homes for Youth from 2010 to 2017. “It’s a self-help book as well.

“I have used our story to help others understand what grief and loss can do to us and how we can cope. There is a summary of loss and stages of grief at the end of each chapter and an appendix which is the basic content of my three-day workshop “Healing from grief and loss”.

The book information at www.balboapress.com goes deeper into the story.

“In 1976, the life of a busy mother of three changed forever,” the website notes. “After Peg Beaton’s 20-month-old son was diagnosed with leukemia and had two months to live, she and her husband embarked on an unpredictable path rife with emotions that they never knew. did not understand or did not know how to manage.

“Forty-four years later, she now has a better understanding of grief and how it affects each of us in different ways.

“In a touching sharing of her family’s story, Peg details her personal journey in hopes of helping those who suffer from losses large and small to first understand and process the powerful emotion of grief, then to move into a stage of acceptance to embrace a new direction filled with peace and joy Included are chapter summaries and an appendix that provide valuable insight into the grieving process and enable those who are grieving to move from a existence fueled by fear and negativity to a state of positivity that welcomes peace, joy and fulfillment.Healing shares the personal story of a family’s journey through loss and grief to help others understand the grieving process and ultimately healing.

The motivation for writing the book, his first, was simple for Beaton.

“The story came from our lives trying to keep a family together when three out of four families with a terminally ill child find themselves separated and divorced,” she told Yorkton This Week.

“. . . I’ve learned over years of coaching and advising that few people understand what happens when they lose something, anything. We get stuck in grief and our lives get chaotic and we wonder what’s wrong with us.

“No one has made us aware or helped us understand that this is a natural and normal process that we can learn to deal with. This book does that! We can go through these stages and we can heal and live a new life without a sore heart.

According to Beaton, the book has evolved over time.

“I’ve been talking about the book for a long time,” said the author who now lives near Churchbridge. “I had fully described it when our son was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2013.

“I stopped because the journey was not over. There was more to this book.

“In October 2020, I committed to writing every morning Monday through Friday. There were days I couldn’t make it through three hours because it was a bit emotionally draining, but by January 31, I was done . ”

The writing was sometimes its own challenge.

“For me, the hardest part was working through the memories while I was writing about them,” Beaton explained.

Then came the time to seek out a publisher, another new experience of many Beatons faced with the project.

“As this is my first book, it’s been like taking a college course because everything involved is new and has its processes,” Beaton said. “It was as much work after the writing as the actual writing. So here we are a year later.”

Now available for readers, Beaton said she was happy with what she wrote.

“I did what I wanted,” she said. “To tell a story that people could relate to in their own lives while giving them awareness and understanding of grief and how it affects our lives.

The added appendix gives readers a reference to the grieving process so they can learn more along the way, she added.

“I’m very happy. With self-publishing through Balboa Press, I had the opportunity to participate in all the processes and have the final say on everything. They were great to work with,” said said Beaton.

So who is the target reader?

“Truly anyone 18 and over who has suffered a loss in their life can benefit – families dealing with a terminal illness, suicide, death, loss of health or job – people suffering from depression or anger issues,” Beaton said.

“Right now, with COVID and lockdowns, it’s helping people understand their feelings about all the losses we’re going through and how they can process them for better mental and emotional health.”

The book is available at Balboa Press Bookstore, Amazon and Barnes & Noble in e-book, softcover and hardcover. It will also be released as an audiobook.

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