On September 29, 2000, thirty-two
year old Maryanne Pope became a widow when her husband, Cst John Petropoulos of
the Calgary Police Service, died from brain injuries sustained after falling
through a false ceiling while investigating a break and enter complaint. There
was no safety railing in place to warn him of the danger.
In honor of the eighth
anniversary of John's death and the annual Police and Peace Officers' Memorial
weekend, author Maryanne Pope will be launching her book, A Widow's
Awakening. 20% of the proceeds from book sales will go to the John
Petropoulos Memorial Fund, which raises public awareness about workplace safety
for emergency services personnel.
"It is my hope that by sharing
the details of my personal loss, I can inspire others to awaken to what's
important in their own lives and the world around them," explains Pope, the CEO
of Pink Gazelle Productions and board chair of the John Petropoulos Memorial
Fund. "I had barely thought about workplace safety before John died. Now it has
become an integral part of my life."
Told in the style of creative
non-fiction, A Widow's Awakening is a powerful story of accepting
loss, coping with grief and learning to move on. The book is a wittingly honest
and inspiring account of awakening to oneself in the face of tragedy and