Author Ruth Smith Meyer

Ruth Smith Meyer Inspirational writer, speaker

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Good Grief People

Easing the sting of death by recognizing 

and respecting the individuality of grief 

and the reality of hope.

An anthology by authors: 

                         Alan Anderson          Glynis M. Belec

                         Barbara Heagy          Donna Mann

                                                                  Ruth Smith Meyer   Carolyn Wilker

The stories in this book spring from personal experience

with the death of family members and loved ones.

The stories respect and affirm the individuality of grief 

and the reality of hope. 

There are five parts:

Part One:   Facing the Facts,

Part Two:    Anticipatory Grief

Part Three:     Unexpected Grief

Part Four:    Good Grief

Part Five:    Learning Through Loss

At the end are pages on:

Good Things to Say and Do for Those Who Grieve


What NOT to Say to Those Who Grieve

A list of other resources.

Each of the authors hope that Good Grief People will bring comfort and hope

 to those beginning their own trek through grief.  

We also hope that those who have yet to experience personal loss,

will through reading,

not only know better how to walk with those who do,

 but will also be better prepared 

for their own encounter with grief when it happens. 

Good Grief People is available through any of the authors


Angel Hope Publishing


e-mail me at

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With vivid memories of my very early life, I spent more than seven decades processing what made me feel different or unusual. Whether it was being born into a coservative Mennonite family, the differences in my  physical composition, or the events of my life, they all contributed to the struggle and growth I experienced as I faced them one by one. 

Each of us is a unique being with our own special personality and genetic make-up.  Some of us are more aware of the disparity than others.  I have recounted vignettes from my childhood to my senior years in hopes that my readers may identify with some parts and find courage and inspiration.  It you relate to my struggles, grappling with inner conflict and growth, you may identify some of your own.  There are also joys and satisfying victories in that growth and a growing contentment in who I am and acceptance of even the differences, that makes life sweet. 

Here, for your consideration, is a list of the books I have written 
and anthologies which include stories I contributed. Scroll down to see fuller descriptions of each book.


Not Easily Broken

Not Far From the Tree 


Out of the Ordinary 

Children's Book:

Tyson's Sad, Bad Day  






Tall Tales and Short Stories Vol. IV

Grandmothers' Necklace

Fifty Shades of Grace

Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider

Taste of Hot Apple Cider 

Hot Apple Cider with Cinnamon                

Good Grief People


In the time when women often died in childbirth and men remarried to have someone to care for the house and children, new mothers sometimes cut off relationships with the maternal grandparents.  

When Ellie's older sister Regina, dies at the birth of her third child, her parents rwquest that Ellie break off her engagement to the man she loves, to marry their son-in-law, John, so the children will stay in the family.   Ellie, a strong young woman is faced with circumstances that are not her choice.  

Reluctantly, Ellie agrees, but determines in her heart to give it her all to make it a good marriage.  She and John begin life with a somewhat contrived feeling to their relationship, but love grows because they are both committed to it.

 Preposterous as it may seem, Ellie's story is based on a real-life situation as told by Rina, Ellie's own daughter.  The story begins and ends with Rina and gives evidence that the mother's strength has been pass on to her daughter. 

Readers having experinced the death of a spouse will find  immediate rapport with John, then Ellie, as they face the waves of grief tht come at unexptcted times and perhaps find ways of dealing with their own.  Those who have yet to experience this will come to a deeper understanding of the process of grief while they llive through the jooys and sorrows of the characters in Not Easily Broken.   

                                                                               Word Alive Press 2007  ISBN1-897373-10-4

Not Far from the Tree

 Those who lived in the twentieth century saw more rapid changes than any previous century.  Born at the beginning of this era, to a family that dad already faced dramatic change and challenge, Rina seemed to come into the world with a zest for the revolution the 1900's would bring. 

Based on the story of a real person, the narrative alternates between the daily activities of a still spunky 99-year-old Rina and her vivid memories as she relives vignettes of her life.  The impetuous and sometimes capricious nature of young Rina almost exasperates her parents, Jake and Ellie.  

When she is barely a grown woman, marriage to an imaginative and sometimes impractical dreamer husband, the arrival of babies, the great depression and life in general take over, molding her into a strong woman not unlike her parents, proving the apple indeed does not fall far from the tree.  The unbelievable twists in the lives of Rina and her beloved David will keep readers fascinated with the  indomitable strenth of the human spirit when ther is a solid foundation of love and faith.  Although this is a sequel to Not Easily Broken, it can readily stand on its own.  

                        Word Alive Press  2008  ISBN-13: 978-1-897373-59-0, ISBN-10-1-897373-59-7 

Tyson's Sad Bad Day

"A little boy named Tyson was feeling very sad,

                    It was one of the worst days that he had ever had." 

 And so begins this delightful story that leads a child through the honest feelings of confusion, fear and uncertainty with the death of someone dearly loved.  But it doesn't stop there--it leads the reader on to understanding and acceptance.

Test-read to children 4-8, the response was similar each time--a whispered, "That is a good story."

In this day and age with so many suffering from cancer and other diseases, it isn't always grandparents and older people who die.

It is my hope that this book will help ease frank discussions and provide the means of comfort on a child's level that will help both child and parent.

The conclusion which Tyson reaches at the end of the book is one that brought real comfort to me when it was presented at the funeral of my husband of 39 years when I felt I wasn't finished with him yet either.  

                                                                  Word Alive Press 2009  ISBN-13: 978-1-926676-43-2 


Tall Tales and Short Stories Vol IV

Full Circle: A short fiction story from the 1920's where a young woman's life is forever changed by a moment of indiscretion. After a life of struggle and emptiness circumstances do come full circle. 

                                                                                  Tall Tale Press  2006  ISBN 0-9733087-7-X 

Grandmothers' Necklace

Grandma's Pearls: A poem of remembrance dedicated to my Grandmother, who gave me wings to fly.

This book, is compiled by Patricia Anne Elford, in honour of the African Grandmothers who are raising grandchildren left orphans by HIV-Aids.  The profits go to the Stephen Lewis Foundation Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign.

                                        Epic Press 2010  ISBN: 978-55452-462-4 

Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider

Chrysalis: Life in the Making: "They say opposites attract and we sure were opposites." So begins this personal experience story, an account of our journey from marriage ceremony to becoming truly wed.

 The Forever Kind of Love: A reflective poem coming from the understanding received in that growth.

More Than One Way:  A meditation arising from an experience with a quilting challenge that turned into an eye-opening revelation about the way I do life.  


That's Life Communications 2011 ISBN 978-0-9784963-1-9 Edited by N.J. Lindquist and Wendy Elaine Nelles 

title Hot Apple Cider with Cinnamon

We watched her stomp up the slight incline to the Seniors Activity Centre as well as she could with one lame leg.  Her long legs and height emphasized her disability.  Her grey hair piled tightly from her face was twisted  in  a firm bun at the nape of er neck.  Her scowl encompassed every feature of her face.  Her cane whacked the cement with each step as she barked, "I am her, but I'm not going to enchoy myself"

So begins my story on page 136.

A Taste of Hot Apple Cider

"A short distance ahead in the dusk, a  little yellow Volkswagen, it's passenger door open, was driving slowly beside a girl in formal dress.  She was walking in the grassy, uneven ditch.  It seemed quite strange.  As we neared, the door of the vehicle banged shut and the car sped off, spinning wheels and kicking up a cloud of dust as it disappeared over the edge of a hill ahead of us." 


 This quote comes from the story I was privileged to have included in this delightful new book in the Hot Apple Series.  There are sixteen more from as many different Canadian authors.  The stories come straight from the heart and out of the experience of real life.  


 That's Life Communications  2014


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