After heartbreak, Owensboro woman writes book about grief, healing

February 28, 2024 | 12:15 am

Updated February 28, 2024 | 12:16 am

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One of the most challenging years of Laura Murphy’s life came in 2020. She and her husband endured 3 miscarriages, 2 of which came in the second trimester with babies who had already been named. 

“I can remember after we lost our little girl Liv, I began to look for resources to help bridge my grief to a road to healing,” she said. “I struggled to find a book that had a hopeful ending or an applicable set of tools to use during our grief journey.”

This is when she decided she needed to write the book she had been searching for.

“Inside Out Upside Down” is Murphy’s story, where she describes what her life felt like during those recurrent losses.

During the pandemic and after her losses, Murphy journaled.

“I had no other way to release my pain,” she said. “Pages from that journal appear in my book during the chapters where I revisit the losses we faced. I hope that as others read my story, they can find peace in their journey and use practical responses that will help them heal.”

Just when she said things were turning around, Murphy’s mother died in a car wreck on January 3, 2022.

“That shook my world again and caused me to put this book on hold for the next 2 years because suddenly I felt like, “What do I even know about grief?”

When she decided to finish the book, Murphy said she wanted to provide the audience with a combination of practical tips, raw and real thoughts, and hope for a better day.

In her book, Murphy includes her favorite scriptures that helped sustain her faith that this season was not how her story would end. 

“We have all lost something — a job, our dreams, a relationship, finances, or someone we love,” Murphy said. “While the scenarios are all very unique, the road to healing is paved with some of the same steps of taking one day at a time. I am so thankful for the tough road I traveled because today I can share a message of hope with others.” 

February 28, 2024 | 12:15 am

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