MAXINE BILLINGS, Photographer & Author

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I wrote this poem, “Someone Who Cares,” around 2004 to be included in my second published novel by BET Books, “A Test of Faith” (released April, 2005.) I’ve also made it part of my Zazzle greeting card collection. In the book, my main character Andrea finds herself consumed with grief and despair when her beloved husband Clayton is killed by a drunk driver.


One of her dear friends gives her a card that contains the poem. The poem is also near the front of the book before the story begins. Losing a loved one to death is the most tragic and painful heartache we can ever experience. Yet, not everyone grieves in exactly the same way. During this time, it is important that we have family and friends by our side to help us through the process of bereavement.

Sometimes, however, even in the midst of such support, our sorrow may cause us to feel lost and alone. Even with the support of her devoted family, this is how Andrea feels as she is being tested in so many ways. But with the progression of time, she wrestles with her sadness, anger, and faith–one day at a time.

A Test of Faith” is now out of print. However, you can still order a paperback copy via Amazon. Why not order one for yourself or someone else? Also, if you like it, I would greatly appreciate your writing a review on Goodreads and/or Amazon.

From my heart to yours !

Maxine 🙂

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TEENAGERLosing a dear loved one to death can be extremely difficult for an adult.  So now, imagine how a young person might feel.  In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, I will also be writing a series of posts and providing links to help our young ones who are striving to cope with the loss of a parent or parents.

LAMIn LIFE AFTER MOMMA, 15-year-old Kiara is grieving from the loss of her beloved mother to breast cancer.  At a time in her life when most teens her age really need their mothers, she finds herself feeling deprived of all the special moments that mothers and daughters share during this new and exciting stage of her young womanhood.

I would really love to hear from the young people (female and male) and get your thoughts on this painful subject.  Also, if there is anything in particular that you would like for me to touch on in this series of posts, please feel free to share your ideas on that as well.  Although the focus of these posts is young people, parents and others, I would still like to hear from you, too.

Death is a topic that can be difficult to discuss with anyone but particularly with children (as an article in the Breast Cancer Resource Directory of North Carolina points out), and they need all the emotional support we can give them.  Therefore, whether you have lost in death a parent, sibling, grandparent, friend, or anyone else, please feel free to share your thoughts.  I look forward to hearing from you.

As always, this is from my heart to yours,


(Photo of Young Girl Leaning Forward-Courtesy of Clip Art)