In the context of one's lifetime, the journey was a momentary fragment, but the experience was all-consuming. Then suddenly, I was catapulted from a life of great joy into the depths of despair. The pain, the loss, and the grief were incomprehensible. Acceptance and transformation emerged slowly. Beautiful memories and my faith in God and the human spirit gave me the courage to pull myself together, explore new opportunities, and begin again. These pages recall the journey, with all the joys, the sorrows, and the dreams coming full circle.
Standing in the Sun recounts how I survived loss, transcended grief, and learned to embrace life once again. It is written with the hope of helping families cope through critical illness and loss of a loved one, and for those who are struggling to get their life back on track. I wish readers the faith, the love, and the audacity to envelope the mystery of life. And, may you enjoy the reading as much as I have savored the writing of these words.
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The late Nancy Brown Perrini, M.A., was a professional writer and development officer with thirty-three years’ experience in higher education at a liberal arts college and a private university.
Early in her career Perrini worked for Barnes Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri, as an EKG technician and was also a librarian in the radiology department at Washington University Medical School. As a consultant, she reorganized scheduling procedures in the radiology department at St. Luke’s Hospital, St. Louis.
Receiving a B.A. degree in psychology from Lindenwood College, St. Charles, Missouri, she later became alumnae director, dean of students, and director of admissions at her alma mater. Following the death of her husband, she was awarded an M.A. degree in higher education administration from The Ohio State University.Most recently, she served as director of corporate/foundation relations for nineteen years at Capital University, Columbus, Ohio. Her writing skills were instrumental in raising capital, endowment, and special project funds for the university. Throughout her career, Perrini was a presenter at national and state-wide conferences and numerous workshops.
Upon her retirement in 1999, Perrini was awarded the distinction of Honorary Alumnus of Capital University and was honored by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, (CASE), the Independent College Advancement Association, (ICAA), and the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges, (OFIC). Credentials include recognition in Who’s Who of American Women and Outstanding Young Women of America. Perrini’s volunteer activities focused on a not-for-profit private foundation, the Women’s Fund of Central Ohio, and her church, where she served as a lector.