Laurel D. Rund

It began in 2009 when a life-changing event transformed me into the woman I am today. Never could I have imagined that the death of my husband of 42 years would take me on a journey through loss and grief to a redefined sense of self. Death, an unexpected teacher, was my transformative metamorphosis. The slow and painful healing process unfolded my creativity and, in what I can only describe as a “new normal,” Essence of Laurel was born. "Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens." Khalil Gibran My first book, “Emerging Voices” has a purpose ~ to serve as a journal and healing catalyst for anyone who has experienced a loss. The art and poetry within is a testimony as to what can happen when we acknowledge grief in all its forms. It allows for the discovery of a new perspective which will lead you on a journey of self-discovery and renewal. “Art from the Heart” has become my playground; a place where I can tap into my innermost creativity as an inspirational writer and artist. The surprise is that it came at a time when I thought that the next chapters in my life would be lonely; without purpose or passion. Instead I have been given the gift of a renewed sense of life, its possibilities and most importantly, an appreciation for living in the present moment. Our human experience, whether in a crisis or a life transition, continuously gives us the opportunity to learn and grow. We can choose to stay in a place of sorrow and regret, or embrace these life-altering experiences from which we can discover a new way of being. My hope is that my writing and ‘Art from the Heart’ touches and inspires you. Laurel


Hope After the Loss of a Spouse, 27 May 2016

Coming Full Circle: A Letter from Daughter to a Mother Who Died Young, 30 Sep 2013

My Words to Live By: I Am Open, 18 Jun 2013

The Yin and Yang of Love after Spouse-Loss, 02 Feb 2013

This Puzzle Called Life by Laurel D. Rund, 18 Nov 2012

Loss is So Complicated – Unexpected Triggers, 11 Jun 2012

Strength and Glory after Husband’s Death: Elegy to a Tree, 23 May 2012

The Storm, the Dove, Renewal, 21 Apr 2012

In Widowhood, Woman Discovered her ‘Song’, 02 Jan 2012

Widow Wonders if She’ll Ever ‘Fit’ with Another Man, 23 Nov 2011

Voice of Pain Becomes Voice of Comfort, 06 Sep 2011

After Husband’s Death, a Year of ‘Solitary Firsts’, 01 Sep 2011

Faded Images, Sacred Days, 27 Jul 2011

Widow Learning to ‘Just Be’, 30 May 2011