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LOSS TO LEGACY: A stepping stone path to healing & transformation

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The award-winning Loss to Legacy is a map for conscious grieving. With inspiring stories marking the passage from darkness into light, Lily Myers Kaplan offers a method for honoring your sorrow and growing from your grief. Loss is universal, she says. Whether you are grieving the death of someone you love, lamenting cultural and planetary upheaval, or mourning the dissolution of a marriage, ending of a career, or changing identity, this book will help you navigate its tumult.


At the core of Loss to Legacy are ancient truths, natures’ cycles, and acceptance of death as an essential part of the human experience. The included Stepping Stones Workbook leads you on a transformational path of inner exploration and soul-renewing exercises. With its beautiful storytelling and step-by-step healing process, Loss to Legacy guides you through mourning to find meaning, create purpose and build a living legacy—leaving what matters most in your own wake.

Loss to Legacy won two prestigious book awards: from

Living Now Books and Nautilus Book Awards.

Nautilus, Better Books for a Better World, honors exceptional literary contributions that inspire high-level wellness, positive social change, green values and sustainability, and spiritual growth while connecting us as individuals, families, communities, and global citizens.

Living Now Book Awards, Books for Better Living, are designed to honor life-changing books, and to bring increased recognition to the year’s best world-improvement and self-improvement books and their creators. Their philosophy is that books are very important tools for gaining knowledge about how to achieve these goals for ourselves, our loved ones, and for Planet Earth.

We are honored to receive these awards and are humbled by the recognition of the breadth of Loss to Legacy's message. May we all dig deep and grow large through the losses we face as individuals and as a collective.

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Praise for Loss to Legacy:

A stepping stone path to healing and transformation

This work is an amazing contribution to grief literature. It will help you reach new insight and understanding about your grief journey. Beautiful writing, beautiful story telling. The depth of Lily’s experience shines through  every aspect of this wonderful book. Read it, breathe in what you learn from the stories and work the exercises step by step. You will grow in ways you’ve never imagined.

                  ~Julie Lockhart, retired Executive Director of WinterSpring Center: Facing Loss, Embracing Life Again

From the author of Two Rare Birds: A Legacy of Love, [a moving account of the deaths of four of Lily’s loved ones in two years,] comes a new book that offers readers a step-by-step guide to navigating life-shattering loss toward life-affirming healing. In a society that insists we “move on” from sorrow, Lily invites us to dive deeply into it in order to discover our own unique story and embrace its transformative power. Read this book. No matter the nature of your grief, it will give you courage, strength, and a path for thinking and acting differently about life, death, and love.

           ~Martha Kay (MK) Nelson Director of Psycho-Social Care, Mission Hospice & Home Care

Lily Myers Kaplan is a beautiful and wise storyteller who has learned the depths of grief and resurrection the hard way and she offers her hard-won wisdom to the rest of us. Her book is a stunning testament to the heart of being human and the personal transformation possible when one grieves deeply and well. It offers a way of coping and growing wise, despite ourselves, when facing the ultimate ends of our beloveds and ourselves. I recommend Loss to Legacy as an essential element in our acceptance of ‘what is’, no matter how hard or unfair.

              ~Carolyn North, author of The Experience of a Lifetime: Living Fully, Dying Consciously

Lily Myers Kaplan has written a deep and moving guide to finding our way through sorrow and creating a legacy for those we’ve lost. With wisdom and grace, she has led us through the early days of profound grief and forward into meaning and action. No matter whether your loss is recent or not so recent, her wonderful book, Loss to Legacy, belongs on your shelf and in your heart.

              ~Cheryl Jones, host of Good Grief (on Voice America Radio), grief counselor, and author of the novel, An Ocean Between Them

Lily Myers Kaplan has done a fantastic job of putting her body of work into a deep, rich and accessible form. As I followed the path Lily generously offers, I was able to transform my waves of inconsolable grief around species death, declining planetary health, and many personal losses...all at my own pace. I’m deeply changed by walking these stepping stones and am inspired to re-frame loss into love, honor and grace. I heartily recommend Loss to Legacy to anyone who grieves.

                  ~ Dean Walker, author of The Impossible Conversation and Founder of Living Resilience. 

Lily Kaplan’s Loss to Legacy is a beautiful, unique guide to dealing with loss and grief. It vastly expands our cultural understandings of grief, from something to be moved through as fast as possible to showing how our inevitable losses are embedded with the potential for discovering ones purpose and wholeness. Loss to Legacy reveals how life-defining legacies for future generations can emerge from loss. Weaving together profound concepts with poignant stories and a comprehensive set of exercises for turning the pain of grief into a pathway of transformation, Loss to Legacy touched me deeply. I recommend it wholeheartedly.

              ~Ron Pevny, founding director of the Center for Conscious Eldering, and author of Conscious Living, Conscious Aging: Embrace and savor your next chapter

Loss to Legacy will take you safely and surely through a process from your own healing depths into an utterly new life. With Lily’s wise guidance, be ready to dive deep, surface transformed, and move into who you are and what your life is calling you to do.

              ~Shoshana Alexander, Playwright/creator of Taking Our Life, a stage play about suicide, ecocide and daring to live, and co-author of Awakening Joy: 10 Steps to Happiness

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