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02/04/2013

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Bridget Gaudette

I am writing to you to see if you would be willing to tell your readers about my book titled “Grieving for the Living: Effects of Disownment in Adulthood”, the book will include my story (disowned because I am an ex-Jehovah's Witness), my co-author's (she chose not to marry the rich man her mother preferred) and approximately 20 others. We’ve approached disownment from several angles including religious conversion, gender identity, interracial partnerships and sexual orientation just to name a few.

In addition, to demonstrate the need for such a book, we are conducting a large scale survey meant to assess the impact disownment has on mood and mental health. We will be assisted by individuals that have PhD’s in psychology and social work along with medical doctors and counselors.

We are confident that by conducting research about this population and publishing this work, people who are experiencing this alienation like ourselves will be able to find comfort in the knowledge that they are not alone. Further, the results we find with our research will aid in bringing attention to this issue, which is more prevalent than one might think.

We are hoping that, because of your work with a population that likely contains many individuals that have been disowned, you would be interested in our work. I was recently interviewed by a Fox News affiliate and by Jamila Bey, formerly of NPR. So, my co-author and I would love for you to write about the book or plug it on Facebook and Twitter.

Although we have a publisher that is interested, we haven't yet signed a contract and we're raising money to self-publish here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1433423258/grieving-for-the-living.

We've also set up a website where individuals can learn more about the book and take the survey: www.grievingfortheliving.com.

Thank you for your consideration!
Sincerely,

Bridget R. Gaudette, MPA

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Great article is there any chance I can take it and copy it onto my own blog

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