Karen Kelly Boyce Book Review on Dying without Crying by J.I. Willett

As a cancer survivor, I was attracted to this little golden book with the cherry blossom branches reaching across the cover. What a title? Dying without Crying? What could this author mean? I had to investigate.
Death is not a popular subject. It seems we spend most of our life avoiding the elephant in the room. J.I. Willett doesn’t hide from the uncomfortable. She plunges in. With faith, hope, and fascinating personal stories, this author encourages us to look at the road ahead to see what awaits us beyond the horizon.
Readers are taken on that journey. We travel with Willett on the road we eventually all must walk. It is a spiritual path, not a depressing one. With great care and wonderful talent this author brings us safely down the path of death and into the arms of our awaiting God.
With chapters like “Know Thyself” and “Who needs a Martyr” we are guided into the importance of facing our own death and the death of those we love with courage and planning. We are drawn spiritually and emotionally into the truth that we have been avoiding most of our life. We are all going to leave and we are going before we are ready if we don’t look at death and live our lives in the present.
How to stand beside those we love as they leave this life is touched upon with tender gentleness and practical advice.
This book may be tiny, but the impact is enormous. The ease-to-read prose may be simple but its’ concepts are deep. It is a book to read and refer to repeatedly as we face the inevitable. It is a volume that should be given to all the harried caretakers who carry loved ones through the end of their days on earth. It should be read by all healthcare workers and hospice volunteers. It is a gift to be given to those with terminal illnesses. Dying without Cryingis a gem that glows with the wisdom of the ages and shines a light on faith, death and love.
 ~  KarenKellyBoyce, Author
      May 17, 2016
Found at http://www.karenkellyboyce.com/archives/2757

“Dying without Crying” by J.I. Willett By Jeannie Ewing

J.I. Willett offers her wisdom in her very readable book,Dying Without Crying. Unlike other lengthy treatises on life, death, and the afterlife, Willett takes the reader’s hand into her own and journeys alongside them – into the reality of death, but also the beauty, potential, and even gift that dying offers each of us.
With nuggets of wisdom peppered throughout this short read, Willett knows firsthand that caregivers and care receivers aren’t in a position for heady, intellectual reading.  So the spirituality she provides is punchy, yet profound.
Readers can take segments of the book as they have time to read it, or they can skip to pertinent chapters that can assist them in understanding and accepting the reality of death. While death can be a confusing and emotional time, Willett provides that comfort and guidance that is much needed along the path of grief. But she does it in such a way that neither downplays nor sugar coats the often raw and very painful parts of dying.
Dying Without Cryingis a beautiful, universal grief resource for Catholics and even as an ecumenical book for non-Catholics or even non-Christians.
Text Copyright 2016 Jeannie Ewiing
Found at http://fromgrief2grace.com/dying-without-crying/

April Newsletter 2016



ACTS 18:9-10
“Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent. For I am with you.”

Prior to the printing of “Affairs of the Heart,” I heard God say that one day I would be speaking in front of a group of people … and to remember they will not be coming to see me … they will be coming to hear Him speak through me.

As my 33 year vocation at that time was in the landscaping profession, the thought of this message seemed foreign and unsettling. I felt nervous and afraid to face the future if I would have to speak in front of a group.

As the time did come for me to share my faith-based journey through speaking, I realized I could only do what God instructed through faith, trust and surrender to Him.

Do you know what God is calling you to do in your life for the praise and glory of His name?  Are there doubts or fears holding you back?  If so, evaluate if you are allowing the Lord to lead you. Only when we let go of control and surrender our trust in Him can we accomplish things we never thought possible.

Remember … God repeatedly appeared to Paul to strengthen and encourage him. Allow the Lord the same opportunity with you.

Have a blessed, trusting, faith-filled day with the Lord.

February Newsletter 2016



Luke 4:8
And Jesus answered and said to him, “Get you behind me, Satan: for it is written you shall worship the Lord your God.”

During this 40-day period of Lent, let us consider Jesus being led by the Holy Spirit on His 40 day journey in the wilderness. Think of the struggles He endured and the temptations He rejected.

May we strive to emulate his dedication to prayer, fasting and reflection in order to strengthen ourselves against the temptations we face on a daily basis. May we be fortified and strengthened by our daily prayers and spiritual reflections in order to stay focused on worshipping the true God … the God of the Bible, not the material images many fall prey to worshipping.

May our efforts of these 40 days become habit, learning to resist our egos of pride and greed. May we silence selfishness and magnify selflessness as we journey with God in a prayerful and meaningful way.

God bless!

January Newsletter 2016


John 6:35
Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”

Hunger and thirst are basic human needs that are appeased with food and drink.  At times, no matter what or how much we take in, our hunger is still not satisfied. Our bellies are full, and yet we still feel empty.

Perhaps this may be an indication for us to change our focus and decipher if it is our soul that is lacking in nourishment. Spiritually speaking, there is a hunger and thirst for God that often is not recognized for what it is. Perhaps that empty feeling is a sense of longing or loneliness, and we are masking the pangs of hunger within.

In this broken world we need to remember more than ever that in addition to the Lord providing us with bodily nourishment, He is calling us to feed our souls on a daily basis. He wants to satisfy our deepest longings and desires, nourishing us with His love and compassion, so we may never hunger or thirst again.

As much as we may search to satisfy our physical desires in this lifetime, in the end it is only God who can fulfill us … and who we should be longing for.

Have a blessed day!

December Newsletter 2015


Luke 1: 38
“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.”  Then the angel left her.

In Luke 1:38 an angel of God descended upon Mary to inform her of the wondrous gift God was going to bestow upon her. Although she was overwhelmed by the greatness of this experience, she did not doubt nor deny God the opportunity of using her as His vessel.

We all know in the depths of our hearts when God is calling us to do great things; yet, how many times do we reject His requests? God calls us to do great things, to be great people, to be the best versions of ourselves. Perhaps during this advent season as we await the gift, the birth of Christ, we should reevaluate the personal requests we denied God of fulfilling.

May we use this time to not only anticipate the birth of our Lord, but to allow God to use us as a vessel for His and our greatest good. After all, what if Mary had said “no “?

Wishing you and your families a blessed, joyous, healthy Christmas. May God bless us all!

November Newsletter 2015


Psalm 95:4
“In whose hand are the depths of the earth, the peaks of the mountains are His also.”

Recently, I saw this cross boldly painted far up the side of a steep mountain in California. I could not imagine all that it would take for a person to traverse the rough terraine to such heights, no less carrying the paint and tools used to boldly proclaim their love of the Lord.

Although we all may not be equipped to climb mountains, we all have the ability to display our love of God through our daily actions. Our constant expression of faith shouts out our love to the Lord and prevails over the fears of uncertainty in this world.

This Thanksgiving season, let us etch the cross in our hearts and display it’s presence boldly through our actions, deeds and words. Climb to the heights of your own personal mountain and make your proclamation to God.

Someone climbed a mountain in California to paint a Cross … what is your goal today?

Many blessings to you and your families for a healthy and joyous Thanksgiving.

October Newsletter 2015


“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

Yesterday, while at my gym, I accumulated several hand weights. One by one, exercise by exercise, they were easy enough to handle. However, when it was time to put them back I encountered a problem. As I began to walk with them tucked under my arms and in my hands, I realized I needed help as one of the weights began to slip. I knew I would ask the next person I passed to take some of the weights from me before they all fell to the floor.

Suddenly I realized that this is exactly what Jesus wants us to ask of Him. He wants us to hand our troubles to Him one by one before they become so heavy that we are feeling weighed down. The Lord extends an open invitation for us to bring our weighty burdensome troubles to him – so why do we delay asking the Lord “will you take this from me?”

Have a blessed unencumbered day.

September Newsletter 2015

HOW INSPIRING Matthew 13:31-32



Matthew 13:31-32
He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.”

When I was about 6 years old I wanted to surprise my mother with a good deed, so I pulled the weeds in her garden. My anticipation of her joy turned into a cry of “oh no, you pulled out all my mums!”  Uh-oh …I felt terrible. I didn’t realize the “weeds” would grow and bloom into flowers because I didn’t see any buds. My mom explained that she had planted the mums from seedlings, knowing that with proper care she would have an abundance of flowers in their season.

This reflection made me wonder … how are we preparing our spiritual garden? Are we planting enough seeds of faith to choke out the weeds of sin? Are we nurturing our garden with the sunshine of God’s love, and watering it by quenching our thirst for the Lord?

May we continue our walk with God by preparing our hearts with prayer, and planting seeds of faith. May we maintain the right spiritual conditions for the Holy Spirit to grow within us so we may have a plentiful harvest and fertile soil for the next generation to flourish. May we always have a deep-rooted faith and produce abundantly so that we continuously reflect the beauty of God.


Meet & Greet the Author –
Nurture your spirit through inspirations of the newly released book Affairs of the Heart – God’s Messages to the World.  Meet the author who encourages everyone to keep the faith!

Saturday, April 2, 2016 – 8:30am to 5:00pm

Book Signing
Divine Mercy Conference
Our Lady of Fatima
Piscataway, NJ

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