Leidich’s son was twenty-years-
Author of two books on grief —From a Grieving Mother’s Heart and For a Grieving Heart— Leidich admits that “One of the most confusing and gut-wrenching experiences for me was the way people around me expected me to ‘recover’ and move on within days and weeks of my loss.” Since the loss of her son close to twenty years ago, Leidich has come to understand that a parent “never gets over the loss of a child” but has the opportunity to learn to live around it, honoring their child’s memory, teaching others in their lives how to respect their loss and grief, and how to get acquainted with the “different version of yourself that is left behind.”
Because writing is a passion and a release for Leidich, after the loss of her son, she journaled an ongoing dialogue of her feelings and experiences. She has now turned excerpts from her journal into the book From a Grieving Mother’s Heart, and the poetry that she wrote in her journal into a poetry book called For a Grieving Heart. Kristin Wilson who lost her adult son in March of 2010 states that Terri and her books “…say to me that I am not alone, and there is someone out there who experienced and felt everything I have. WOW…it is just powerful the way it affects me.”
Currently working on her third book on grief, “Surviving the Loss of Your Child,” Leidich often talks with grieving parents or those who have friends or relatives that have lost children. “It’s a totally different world that we don’t know exists until we have been thrown into its realm,” she says.
Laura Keys, owner of the Blue Elephant Book Shop in Decatur knows that readers appreciate the opportunity to interact with authors, “especially when the topics they write about affect a reader’s heart and life. “