DREAMING KEVIN: The Path to Healing
2014 Expanded Edition

A true story of a bereaved mother's journey to the dreamtime in search of her son.

THE HEARTLIGHT TREE

The HEARTLIGHT TREE was dedicated in memory of our son, Kevin Blowey. On January 7, 1991, at the tender age of five-and-a-half, Kevin died in a bike-truck accident near our home. Later that spring, our dear friend, Dave Arellano, who was a principal in the school district where Stann taught, organized a group of district administrators who donated a blue spruce tree in memory of our Kevin. The city granted their request to plant the tree in the parkway at the end of our street. Dave chose the spot because it was close to our home. It was even more special to us because two days before Kevin died we had shared a wonderful afternoon at that park romping in the snow and sledding down the big hill. It was a glorious day!

Over the years we have made many pilgrimages to our sacred tree. Our tears have watered its thirsty roots to produce blue green needles and thick branches that offer solace in their shade and wisdom in a gentle breeze. Yet, those are the same needles that pierce tender fingertips in the way that grief unexpectedly stabs at the scars of a healing heart. Just as Kevin?s little tree endured drought, freezing temperatures, raging wind, and vandalism, fifteen years later, we have battled the brutal and turbulent weather of grief to stand taller and stronger than ever. Blessed by the kindness of strangers, the support of our loved ones, and the gentle mercies of God, we have survived and continue to thrive.

This holiday season, the 25th anniversary, the Heartlight Tree stands over 20 feet tall and sparkles with a special heartlight ornament in memory of all children around the world. We extend our love and gratitude to Ed & Joyce Chenevert who lit the tree from their back yard patio from 1991 to 2000, and to our dear friends, The Gaber's, who have continued the tradition.

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  • "Carla Blowey's journey into the world of dreams, parental grief, and the realms of reconciliation and healing beyond these thresholds, is truly moving, profound, and of great va..."
    Rev. Jeremy Taylor, D.Min.
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    Judith Guggenheim
    co-author, "Hello from Heaven" and co-founder The ADC Project
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    Sharon Strouse, MA, ATR
    Art therapist, Bereaved Mom, Author - Baltimore, MD

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