WESTERLY LIBRARY: Nonfiction Local Author Spotlight Featuring Valerie Dziengiel (Alone in the Darkness) and Robert E. P. Elmer III (Join the Journey)

Savoy Bookshop & Café presents a nonfiction local author spotlight featuring spiritual memoirist Valerie Dziengiel, the author of Alone in the Darkness: In Search of Hope; Alzheimer's caregiver trainer Robert E.P. Elmer III, the author of Join the Journey: Care for the Alzheimer's Caregiver.

About Valerie Dziengiel

Valerie Dziengiel is a first-time author who retired from a CEO position in a construction real estate development corporation she and her husband ran for over 40 years. Her memoir provides lessons she learned along her sorrowful journey through grief, which she hopes will provide a path to healing for others to follow.

About the Book: The universe is full of mystical wonders. To the believer, it affords the opportunity to reach beyond simple everyday activities, occasionally allowing a glimpse of what exists on the other side. Alone in the Darkness is such a journey. The author experienced the unthinkable, the death of her husband at a time in their lives when retirement had just opened the door for them to reap the benefits of their hard-working lives together.

Sorrow and isolation replaced the blissful anticipation of their twilight years together, as the author struggled to survive through life alone, while trying desperately to heal her anguish. Her deep emotional turmoil brought about a life changing event, which aided the author's slow recovery from grief to acceptance of the continuation of life and completion of her own journey.

For three nights in a row, she was contacted by a voice from beyond, which awoke her from her restless sleep and directed her to write a book by repeating four simple words: Alone in the darkness.

By following her inspired interpretation of the communication, the author experienced episodes of spiritual writings. She believes they help explain the reason for our life's journey, if only we are open to its message.

About Robert E.P. Elmer III

Robert E.P. Elmer III is a Certified Master Trainer of Alzheimer's Care and a State Certified Senior Care Administrator who has managed four different communities for the care of those with Alzheimer’s dementia.

About the Author: Join the Journey is a  collection of articles compiled to help all caregivers of those afflicted with Alzheimer’s and other dementias gain insight into the many do’s and don’ts of caregiving. Using a non-clinical approach, this book candidly discusses the nuances of caring for those with dementia. The book also provides caregivers with a better understanding of this insidious disease and offers tips to improve quality of life for both patients and their caregivers. Stop by to meet the author or ask questions from the voice of radio's Memory Care Minutes.

Event date: 
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Event address: 
Westerly Library
44 Broad St.
Westerly, RI 02891
Alone in the Darkness: In Search of Hope Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781545650134
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Mill City Press, Inc. - January 9th, 2019

The universe is full of mystical wonders. To the believer, it affords the opportunity to reach beyond simple every day activities, occasionally allowing a glimpse of what exists on the other side.


Join the Journey: Care for the Alzheimer's Caregiver Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781478771685
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Outskirts Press - April 28th, 2016

This collection of articles is compiled to help all caregivers of those afflicted with Alzheimer's and other dementias gain insight into the many do's and don'ts of caregiving. Each chapter deals with a specific subject and provides caregivers with the unique perspective of a Certified Master Trainer and Certified Senior Care Administrator.