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’s book of her loss and recovery (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.
I Don’t Know How It Happened she feels is her best work to date. She refers to it as the love of 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.Listen to the full episode