A New Song to Sing: Breast Cancer as Journey of Spirit invites women — whether newly diagnosed or long term survivors — to share their stories in a context of spiritual growth and support. This one-of-a-kind resource provides consistent structure so that small groups can lead themselves through seven sessions of reflection and healing.
Author Linda C. Loving was a parish pastor when she received her own breast cancer diagnosis and became aware of what an isolating journey the treatment and recovery process can be. Knowing that one in eight women will receive this diagnosis, Linda became committed to helping survivors gather in faith-based groups for inspiration, story telling, and soul searching. Two successful pilot projects, based in church congregations but open to the broader community, have been conducted in the past year. There are many potential settings in which women can gather to participate in this encouragement as they name themselves, name the Holy and seek personal spiritual wholeness.
The pink marketing flurry around breast cancer can often be a distraction and even a denial. Survivors often feel pressured to cheerfully “return to normal” as quickly as possible. A New Song to Sing allows a deeper look at life and legacy and invites women to claim a new song in their continuing recovery.
The structure and expertise provided by A New Song to Sing allow the groups to lead themselves in this process, without the need for outside authority. Clergy, chaplains, parish nurses, caregivers, women’s groups and community programmers will no doubt welcome this option as they plan opportunities for their organizations.
A New Song to Sing will be a helpful resource to each woman, long beyond the specified seven group sessions.