Jane Nelson O'Leary


Jane O'Leary grew up on a farm in Nebraska and has continued to live in the state for all of her life. She and her husband raised two sons and a daughter in their small college town, where Jane was a teacher. Jane also worked as a radio copywriter and owned a desktop publishing business. She has been a church pianist/organist since the age of 11. They have 4 grandchildren.
Jane has a degree in music education, a master's degree in musicology, and a doctorate in Adult and Higher Education. Following the death of their younger son, she and her husband co-chaired a chapter of The Compassionate Friends for 10 years. Following the death of their older son, she began writing about her experiences and observations regarding grief, and about the validation of lives that end before old age.


Sexton Soldier: The Multiplicity of Jonas Engel
You set the price! Words: 49,440. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General
Jonas Engel was a 19th Century Swedish soldier. He was often challenged by grief, parenting, sheltering his families, battling poverty, and travel. In spite of hardships, he managed to maintain a quirky and sometimes insightful faith and an unwavering positivity. While apparently ignoring the Commandment "Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery," he adhered to the directive "Go Forth and Multiply,"
Theme and Variations about Short Lives, Child Death, Parent Grief
You set the price! Words: 26,420. Language: English. Published: February 10, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Parenting » Family tragedy, Nonfiction » Parenting » Family tragedy
The death of an infant, child, or young adult, and the effects of that death on parents and other family is the central theme. Its variations are considerations of the experiences and observations of the author, the mother of three. Two of her children died in car accidents 23 years apart. The variations include essays, metaphors, and stories that address parental, sibling and grandparent grief.

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