A Time to Mourn & A Time to Dance
Coming January 2022!
Tony Rodriguez was a compassionate and well-respected trauma therapist who devoted his life to helping survivors thrive, until his life was cut short in a tragic accident. Traumatized by the sudden loss of her husband and overwhelmed by the impact of his untimely death on their two sons, Jennifer Ohman-Rodriguez was determined to blaze a path toward healing.
From the excruciating days immediately following his death, to navigating the bewildering labyrinth of young widowhood, to forging a new life for herself and her sons, A Time to Mourn & A Time to Dance chronicles her story with unabashed honesty and deep vulnerability, blended with authentic faith and teeth-clenching determination to do the hard work of healing.
Ohman-Rodriguez retraces her own steps out of trauma’s grasp from the depths of despair back to the joy of living. This book is infused with Jennifer’s heartfelt prayers, real-life applications of somatic and spiritual healing practices, and the kind of profound and practical wisdom that only reveals itself in life’s moments of truth.
"Part poetry, part prose, A Time to Mourn & A Time to Dance is a tragic love story of grief and loss. Unvarnished in the fight for her life after the death of her beloved, Ohman-Rodriguez’s poignant journey delivers the reader into the arms of hope and healing. This book is for anyone who’s loved and lost or who wants to know how to serve others who have suffered a traumatic loss." —Alexandra Katehakis, author, Mirror of Intimacy: Daily Reflections on Emotional and Erotic Intelligence
"In a world that reduces grief into a problem that needs to be solved and often insists that you return to the person that you’ll never be again, Jennifer Ohman-Rodriguez invites us into her unfiltered journey following the drowning death of Tony, her beloved husband, father of her two young sons, and respected trauma therapist and author. This poignant, painful, honest journey is a powerful reminder that grief is not linear. Grief cannot and should not be standardized or reduced into platitudes, piousness, or potluck dinners. A Time to Mourn & A Time to Dance is more than a book, it is a gift that is infused with wisdom, anguish, goodness, faith, reality, hope and grace. It is an invaluable resource, especially for those navigating the turbulent waters of gripping loss and pain."—Mari A. Lee, author of Healing from Betrayal and co-author of Facing Heartbreak: Steps to Recovery for Partners of Sex Addicts
"Phrase after visceral literary phrase, as if gasping for air, Jennifer Ohman-Rodriguez draws us into her home, where the horrific death of her husband is pummeling her and her two young sons. You’ll be on the edge of your seat watching her navigate the emotional rubble of sudden trauma, face what death has ripped open, and recount the love story of her life. Jennifer shows how layering in the good things, like trauma therapy, help her discover a way to heal and embrace home again." — Stan Tatkin, PsyD, MFT, co-founder of the PACT Institute, and author of We Do: Saying Yes to a Relationship of Depth, True Connection, and Enduring Love