I completed your wonderful, God-Sent book today. I absolutely LOVE this masterpiece!! It's actually an answer to prayer because it answers a lot of unanswered questions for me. It simply warmed my heart many, many times. Yes, I did find joy in the humor. It warms my heart even now and puts a smile on my face when I think of it. You would have loved my husband!! He had the sense of humor in our relationship and was quite a jokester. The two of you would have really "clicked!!"
I am so proud of your adventurous spirit: Dealing with tragedy and turning it into triumph. In psychology it is called "sublimation." Finding a way to take control of crisis and not allowing it to control you is a very healthy paradigm. Finding Humor in Grief is groundbreaking. Remember, an old lady said, after my dad's funeral, ‘We had a good time.’ I responded, ‘We celebrate life, not death. The joy of living is more important than death.’ Congratulations on your success.
Dr. Gwendolyn Goldsby Grant
AWSOME GOD, AWESOME YOU, & AWESOME BOOK!! You sooooo DESERVE ALL the accolades, and that "calm peace" you speak of actually transfers & permeates FB!! YOU are a BLESSING personified, and I'm sure your Waverly is right by your side smiling. LOVE YA and "Thank YOU"!!
I am absolutely humbled by receiving so many kind wishes on FB and via
email and text, after I received a FAPA Gold Medal for FINDING HUMOR IN
GRIEF. Since I can't have Waverly by my side, I feel a calm peace whenever
I get to share our love story. Thank you all so much for loving me. All future
orders of this book will have that shiny gold winner's seal on the cover, along
with my personalized message and signature.
Dr. Ruth Baskerville
Your story is healing, love and joy for the soul. Thank you for being who God called you to be.
Pastor Mary Pitts
Founder Business Women Inspirational Network
Certainly, I found Dr. Ruth's book "Finding Humor in Grief" inspiring, informative, illuminating, uplifting and hilarious. Congratulations, Dr. Ruth Baskerville for writing this helpful book and fascinating read. Hence, I've begun to read Dr. Ruth's second book, "Hoodless Klan." Best wishes for continued success.
Your book helped me get thought some real hard times. Not only for losing my Pebbles, but also some of my PTSD. U don't fully know how much you have been a blessing in my life and I thank God for you. May God always keep you blessed and his angels to continue to guide you on ur journey in life. I love you and r so proud to call u a friend. B Blessed.
I'm enjoying reading your book so very much!! You write just like you talk; I feel like I'm having a conversation with you!! We have much to discuss because our lives really are very similar. God bless you!
I can’t put down your book! It’s like eating popcorn – once you start, you can’t stop. I went through the things Dr. Ruth did, but she is fortunate enough to have the skills and passion to write it.
I really enjoyed your YouTube video. You’re so beautiful--inside and out. What a treasure for those in grief. You are a model for "creative recovery." Actually, I believe, you have created a brand new model for grief. Bless you. Love & admiration.
Dr. Gwendolyn Goldsby Grant
There is laughter after pain and sun shine after the rain. Dr. Ruth’s book, Finding Humor in Grief will ignite the healing process after life’s tragedy and encourage you to laugh again. There is such a unique craft to Dr. Ruth’s writing! She pulls you into the experiences from the beginning to end. You will learn how to reflect on the good times and smile in the midst of the tough times. Finding Humor in Grief is a household book that all reader can relate to.
Dr. Loretta Faith Harris
Founder CH Publishing
I’m over half way through your book and have never laughed and cried so much in my life! What a beautiful reality you share…the most beautiful part of all is the love you shared with Waverly. How incredible!
God is So Good, I was Blessed to spend the evening with one of the Most Amazing Queens on the Planet! Dr. Ruth Baskerville, I got to Thank Her for her Contribution In Making Me The Woman I Am...OHS Drama Class 75-78 built character and molded Lives...RIP Mr. Waverly Baskerville, thanks for sharing her with us, I know You are proud, She's Royal...Butterflies.
I enjoyed the book. It was so you and read like a love story in death. Based on your book, ‘you have come a long way, baby.’ Keep doing what you are doing and always remember Waverley is watching over you and walking by your side. He loved you so very much. You have found your calling in retirement.
Deputy Superintendent, Paterson Public Schools
I felt as though we were sitting down together and you were sharing your most intimate thoughts as we laughed and cried together. It is truly a powerful book!
Dr. Margaret Timmons
retired Language Arts Specialist, friend
I'm having a tough time putting your book down. You and Waverly come to my mind daily. My heart hurt for you, yet I laugh with you so often while reading your book.
I completed your book, and I laughed and cried throughout the book. As an exercise "freak" I giggled throughout that chapter. But more than anything, I am so taken back by the many volunteer groups you are not only involved in but take tremendous responsibility for. You are such an inspiration!
retired administrator, friend
Well, I have to sit next to a box of tissues as I read your book. I alternate between tears because of poignant memories to tears of laughter. So good.
retired educator, administrator, friend
My sweet friend, I couldn't put it down!!! I just finished FINDING HUMOR IN GRIEF a few minutes ago. I cried & laughed all the way through it with you. Thank you for sharing wonderful memories of your 'Darling Forever' with me! I love you, dear friend!
friend and neighbor
I predict your book will be a comforting success. Why? Humor is a familiar ingredient in the human experience. To find some level of it during the grief period is uplifting. I always say, ‘Don't allow death to have the last word.’ Speak up and claim those wonderful, loving memories. If not, grief will dominate and you will deteriorate. Amen.
Dr. Gwendolyn Goldsby-Grant
Author, Therapist, Writer, Columnist
There’s a thin line between sadness and madness. Some call it humor. Finding Humor in Grief reminds us that the ultimate fragility of life does not have to be frailty’s defining moment. This book is an invitation to follow one Christian woman’s emotional journey as she discovers that laughter is key to the proverbial tunnel in which the light shines at the end. Dr. Baskerville’s heart-felt tribute to a love that endured half a century is tenderly transparent and readily relatable. The mirror she provides gives the reader opportunity to reflect, not on the morbidity of death, but on the beauty of life.
Alicia L. Lankford, MS, MBA
Sometimes, God puts us in the crucible of life to shape us for His glory.
Dr. Ruth has gone through the pains of grieving, and come out as pure gold, ready to serve. God gets the glory from the relationship He formed in Heaven between Waverly Lee and Dr. Ruth Baskerville.
Reverend Michael Kimbrough
City of Life Ministries
“I was so caught up in your story that I read the whole thing in one sitting, engrossed. Your writing style is like resting in a comfy chair --- the words surrounded me, the images were so vibrant. WOW. I loved the way you weaved themes through the book, like a spider weaving a web from the center, going out to branch, back to the center, and then on to the next branch. You made me laugh ... and cry tonight. THANK YOU!
Rev. Melinda Plumley, MDiv, BCC
Chaplain/Supervisor of Spiritual Care Department | Dr. Phillips Hospital
Dr. Ruth's book, Finding Humor in Grief was a very interesting but difficult book for me to read. After my Dad died there was little to laugh at. I found myself watching a lot of reality tv for the first time ever and as I think back I think it was because they had more problems then we did, or at least that is how it seemed. It is true that laughter brings back to you life after a deep loss and she pointed the way in a very gentle and compelling way. An excellent read.