Speaker, author and grief counsellor Dana Goodman lives in Kamloops British Columbia.
Dana has a passion for helping people navigate through their grief journeys. Her memoir, In the Cleft Joy Comes in the Mourning, written four years after the deaths of her husband, son and mother-in-law to cancer, recently won top novel at the Wildsound Writing Festival in January.
Dana's heart's desire is that In the Cleft will help her readers embrace their own profound losses and find hope in the midst of their pain. Renewal, meaning and purpose can be unearthed even after unthinkable tragedy.
Dana loves being outside with her family and especially loves mountain biking, running and listening to worship music. She feels content in her everyday life if she has read an inspiring story, connected with her husband, son and friends and spent time in the outdoors with her dog.
What inspired you to write In the Cleft Joy Comes in the Mourning
When our family was going through our "dark night of the soul" I found it to be a very lonely place. Grief in our culture is extremely misunderstood. People tend to think we are doing well when we are "getting over" our losses or "moving on" when in fact we are secretly dying inside. I wanted to put a face on grief, to take my internal journey and share it so others would feel less isolated in their pain. Through the authentic sharing of the mourning process, there is healing and beauty comes when we lean into grief instead of avoiding it.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are everything to me. When I can connect with their heart and change their lives for the better it makes my heart come alive.
In the Cleft Joy Comes in the Mourning: A Story of Hope After Tragedy is a powerful debut memoir that journeys into the deepest places of the author's heart to reveal, in a raw and honest way, her pain and how she found unstoppable hope even after the death of her husband, son and mother-in-law to cancer. Along the way, readers will discover that no amount of darkness can extinguish the light.