Sibling Loss–A Sister's Journey From Despair to Celebration, If I Should Ever Lose You and I Don't Know How It Happened are three works, a book and two songs, by author and songwriter Lucy Ravinsky. This episode focuses on the importance of writing and how she overcame a great loss as a 16-year-old with the sudden death of her younger brother. The story of her early life and relationships, the night her brother was struck and killed by a car and the aftermath and healing is told in her book Sibling Loss under the pen name Laura Prince.
Lucy started writing poetry as a child and later took her writing talents to songwriting. Her featured song If I Should Ever Lose You was a CAPAC songwriting contest winner. It was written in memory of her beloved brother but it's a song that relates to anyone who has lost a loved one under any circumstance.
Lucy says I Don't Know How It Happened is her best work to date. She refers to it as storytelling in a country ballad style. She says it needs some country guitar but you decide. This is a very good arrangement.
In Lucy's words: “We have all come a long way in the last 50 years in regard to helping one another and communicating. For example, in the 60’s & 70’s homosexuals were hiding their orientation due to being victimized by the public, including being killed. Postpartum depression was scoffed at as the spoiled and childish attitude of a woman who didn’t want to take care of her newborn. Help was so illusive in the 60’s that recovery was almost impossible from most major traumas.
I am so grateful for the universal compassion of people today and with all the avenues of interaction available; the internet being paramount, and the ability to express, study, exchange and learn about the development and treatment of very serious issues. These avenues offer a huge support system to the suffering.”
Lucy has so much to share about her hardships, victories and the importance of the mighty pen.