New Author's Book on grief nominated for NAACP Image Award

Noteworthy Book Focuses on Healing through Relationships and Resources


Frederick, MD (BlackNews.com) — Debut author, Denise Hall Brown, from Frederick, MD, has been nominated for a National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Image Award for her groundbreaking book on grief.

Brown’s 2Grieve 2Gether: A Journal from the Heart Helping Survivors and Supporters Navigate the Healing Process was selected in the category of Outstanding Literary Work for a Debut Author for the 43rd NAACP Image Awards. The book is a compilation of journal entries that Brown kept following the deaths of her mother, son, husband and aunt. The entries detail a whirlwind of emotions and offer readers insightful reflections and tips on dealing with grief. The book also includes helpful resources to assist the bereaved and their supporters.

When Brown was 29, her mother was killed by a drunk driver. She lost her 5-month-old son tragically 10 years later. Since then, she’s buried her husband and an aunt who was like a mother-figure to her. From each hardship, Brown learned that grief is not something you ever get over, rather you get through.

Just as writing the book helped Brown accept and release her feelings, she is happy that it is also making a positive difference in other people’s lives. “I am extremely humbled and honored to have been selected as one of five nominees for this prestigious award,” said Brown. “I wrote 2Grieve 2Gether because I’ve met so many people who are hurting and I wanted to provide a resource to help them cope. There is healing in support. Through this nomination, my prayer is that more people are helped with the knowledge that no one needs to feel isolated. Grief is something that we must all go through at some point in our lives. There is no need to suffer alone.”

The NAACP Image Awards celebrates the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film and also honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors. NAACP members have until Feb. 12, 2012, to vote on the nominees. Winners will be announced on NBC during the live show on Friday, Feb. 17th at 8 p.m. EST.

The NAACP was founded in 1909. It is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization with a half million adult and youth members throughout the United States and the world.

About Denise Hall Brown

Denise Hall Brown spent 20 years working in the insurance industry. Five years of that time was spent directly helping clients with their life insurance needs and the recovery that happens after someone dies. During that time, she experienced the deaths of four family members and committed to learning as much as possible about grief. Denise currently attends Hood College in Frederick, MD, where she is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Thanatology, the study of death and bereavement. 2Grieve 2Gether is her first book. To learn more about the book, visit www.2Grieve2Gether.org, email denise@2grieve2gether.org, or call 888-378-0202.

Photo Caption: Author – Denise Hall Brown