274: A Journey of Loss and Love

Originally Published March 31, 2022 Join us for an enlightening conversation with Cheryl Krauter, author of the memoir “Odyssey of Ashes,” as she shares her journey of love, loss, and resilience. Cheryl recounts the unexpected tragedy of losing her beloved husband, John, and the profound impact it had on her life. She also shares openly how she found unexpected sources of strength and healing.


Tune in and gain insight into the complexities of loss and the human spirit’s capacity for resilience. Cheryl’s story is not only a personal exploration but also a testament to the power of community and finding meaning in life’s most challenging moments. You will not only be inspired by Cheryl’s transformative journey you will learn how to navigate life’s storms with courage, grace, and resilience.


About Cheryl Krauter: In ODYSSEY OF ASHES: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Letting Go, Cheryl Krauter describes losing her soulmate suddenly and unexpectedly. The night her beloved husband, John, died, he had decided to go sit in the family room, worried that he’d keep Cheryl awake while he took care of a terrible back ache. Shortly after he settled in his chair, Cheryl heard a series of frightening sounds, one like a roaring wind, then silence.

Told in two parts, this beautifully written memoir begins with the ritual of scattering John’s ashes and then moves to the mythological and spiritual, to address the rocky and isolating emotional terrain of grief. Connecting the two parts is Cheryl’s description of Los Días de los Muertos, the three days each year when she builds an altar to remember and honor her deceased loved ones.


John was an avid fly fisherman, dedicated to the sport, and as she wades through her grief, Cheryl finds herself literally wading through rivers. Every year, John had entered a charity contest to win a free weekend at a major fly-fishing spot. He did it to support Cheryl, who as a breast cancer survivor had been supported by the organization, but also because it was his dream to fish the best rivers.


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