The Grieving Project

Written by Lisa A. Sniderman⎮ Narrated by Lisa Sniderman

Author: Lisa A. Sniderman
Narrator: Lisa Sniderman, Rachel Fulginiti, Lauren Freedman, David Francisco
Length: 1 hour and 6 minutes
Publisher: Author's Republic
Released: August 14, 2020
Genre: Spoken Word

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The Grieving Project is an inventive, unique spoken-word audiobook from award-winning artist, author, playwright Aoede (Lisa A. Sniderman) that sets the stages of grief to music to help us move from surviving to thriving.... The entire audiobook - all 22 tracks - is spoken over original musical compositions.

Four different people. Four different chronic illness experiences. Plunging through 14 stages of grieving and thriving, through a melding of spoken words and an emotional orchestra. Taking us on a moving journey from thriving.

What can you do when you struggle with an illness or disability that doesn’t go away? You can deny it. You can suffer from and live in fear of it. You can scream at it and demand to know why it’s there. You can come to terms with it. You can feel sorry for yourself. You can make friends with it. You can learn to live your life with it. You can grieve. And perhaps if you grieve, you can awaken, express, rejuvenate, activate, connect, shine, and thrive, not only despite, but because of it.

During the 12 years I’ve lived with my rare progressive muscle weakness disease, dermatomyositis, I forgot to grieve. In The Grieving Project, I’ve invited myself to grieve and thrive; to express and feel in ways I’ve intentionally avoided; and from my own experiences, created seven new stages of thriving that pick up after grieving.

Though presented as separate stages, grieving and thriving do not follow linear timelines; they are a roller coaster with myriad twists and turns; an intense jumble of simultaneous physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual feelings and reactions.

The Grieving Project is a road map to our hearts, an invitation for you to grieve your loss, your change, your unexpected and unwanted transformation, and the inspiration and encouragement you need to awaken, express, rejuvenate, activate, connect, shine, and truly thrive.

Althea's Review

5 Stars

This audiobook was provided by its author, Lisa A. Sniderman, in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. Thanks, Lisa!

“We are stars well wrapped in skin.”

Listening to The Grieving Project made me feel like I was listening to a mini musical production. I was sucked right into it from the moment I pressed play.

Most importantly, I liked the fact that it put a spotlight on different illnesses and gave a look on how people go through the grief of living with these illnesses. Just like what the synopsis said, it really takes you on a journey from grief to joy from the perspective of these people who are living with said illnesses. This kind of diversity in the book community goes a long way and allows for a lot more kinds of people to feel heard.

The language used was not that heavy and was very accessible. Both Young Adult and Adult readers are bound to enjoy it, especially those who fall under these illnesses and see themselves being represented. But even if you personally have not experienced any of these illnesses, there is still something for anybody take and could perhaps help you better understand anyone you come across who is going through the stages that the characters go through.

The fact that the spoken word lyrics were narrated/sung over such beautiful compositions made it feel very heartfelt, while intensifying all the emotions that the audiobook wanted to convey. There was a lot of hope, motivation, and inspiration being transmitted to the listeners both through words and music.

Going in, the only part that I was worried about was that the plot would confuse me, but it was surprisingly easy to follow what was going at different points of the audiobook. I think that the multiple narrators (Lisa Sniderman, Rachel Fulginiti, Lauren Freedman, David Francisco) did a spectacular performance and The Grieving Project felt very well produced. My heart was soaring at all the right moments.

A thoroughly enjoyable overall experience, albeit not a very long one, The Grieving Project had great representation all throughout. There really isn’t that much to criticize, because I think that it’s an extremely important perspective while still weaving an audiobook that is pleasant to the ears. I am definitely looking forward to listening to more of Lisa Sniderman’s productions in the future.

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