With a new look and a few editorial revisions, the book A Widow’s Awakening is being released as a novel by BHC Press on Thursday, Sept 13.
All proceeds from sales of the first 1,000 copies sold will go to the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund (JPMF), the Calgary charity that was started after the on-duty death of the author’s husband, Const. John Petropoulos of the Calgary Police Service.
The book provides a gripping account of a young woman’s struggle to find peace with one of the most difficult losses imaginable. It is based on author Maryanne Pope’s story of coming to terms with John’s death. In Sept 2000, John died of brain injuries sustained after falling through an unmarked false ceiling while investigating a break-and-enter complaint. The story is a candid exploration of the immense difficulty of learning how to accept the unacceptable, while transforming loss into positive change.
“A Widow’s Awakening is a powerful testament to why workplace safety matters,” said Pope, who is also chair of the JPMF, an organization dedicated to keeping first responders safe on the job.
“My experience reflects the immense and far-reaching personal impacts of a workplace fatality. I’m not alone. Since John’s death, thousands of Canadians have died on the job or as the result of an occupational illness. Thousands more have been seriously injured at work.”
The book was originally self-published in 2008 and sold 2,000 copies. In 2017, A Widow’s Awakening was picked up for publication by BHC Press, an award‐winning independent publisher. The book can be ordered through BHC Press, as well as the JPMF website.
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Author & JPMF Chair