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Moving From Broken to Beautiful Through Grief

CVB: What was your motivation for writing this book on overcoming grief?

Yvonne Ortega: The way I approached this book is that there are not only those who are mourning, but there are also those who want to be helpers. Those experiencing grief have family, friends, and co-workers who sometimes don’t know what to say. Sometimes they open their mouth and say something hurtful or harmful without thinking. I call these people “wound salters.” Those who are more sensitive and knowledgeable of what the grieving person needs I call “the comforting angels.”

My purpose for writing this book was that I wanted people to have comfort. I wanted them to have peace. I wanted them to look to God’s promises and lean on them. Those promises will lead them to a sense of purpose, or, at least, the freedom to move forward – and then to leave a legacy.

The reason I say “the freedom to move forward” is that sometimes we get wrapped up in guilt, shame. I call that the river of regret. Depending on the season of the year, sometimes that river of regret can become high tide and a flood, and that’s where the devil wants us. But God says, “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:1)

CVB: And it’s always “now”!

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