Mr. Grievely, A Story of Grief and Love

Mr. Grievely, A Story of Grief and Love is a story about the process of grief, an experience every human being shares at some time in their life. The story of Mr. Grievely, told in rhythmic rhyme, along with beautifully emotive illustrations, conveys the myriad of emotions felt in living after loss or change. This book will help you navigate the sea of emotions you may feel, to breach the surface and find some way to breathe air of normalcy.  

 The weight of grief is suffocating and imprisoning; darkness seems unending, but time brings change. The mist begins to lift and hope’s light breaks through. This tale transforms and restores through a journey led by grief itself, from darkness to light, sadness to peace. Follow Mr. Grievely’s lead.

 “Grief became real and personal in the wake of the passing of my parents within three months of each other. There was a visceral need to express the pain I was feeling. I wrote this poem as a way of coping with my profound grief and loss. Now I am sharing my journey through this story so that others may benefit by understanding and finding peace with their personal grief.”

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These wet salty tears,
it’s a taste I know well,
they’re making my lips,
eyes and soul start to swell.

But there you sit, and you sit,
just beyond my clear view,
staying just close enough,
in a light cast in blue.

There’s a way to gain exit
from this barren sad land.
For just a brief moment,
I begin to understand.

About the Author

Holly Margeson Gamache has her BA in Creative Arts from Bradford College where she studied fine and applied arts and began studying photography.  Her first photo heroes and influencers were her uncle Rick Maloney and father Chuck Margeson.  She also credits Professors Dr. Richard Newman and Marc Mannheimer with procuring her love and passion for this art form.   Finding the small moments through her lens every day brings focus to her life with ADHD and joy in living.

Holly Margeson Gamache, M.Ed.     

Book Reviews

“Mr. Grievely offers a new perspective for anyone seeking guidance and relatability in their journey through grief.”

~ Rebecca Mallen, LICSW

“I find it refreshing, and I think healthy, to see grief put into words and picture form for all to see, read and easily understand.”

~ Doug Bibber, Bibber Memorial Chapel

“Holly Margeson Gamache eloquently gives voice to the challenges and vulnerability of grief work. Expect that Mr Grievely will be a source of comfort to both adults and children as they engage in the process of grieving.”

~ Robert Vieira, LICSW

Holly has a way with her words that you can vision the painting she is portraying every single time.  It is no coincidence or surprise that she has been able to use her gift in a manner that can reach more than just kids inside the classroom. Rather, whomever that is called to read this book. Or cross paths with her in general.

~ Erin Carney, November 26, 2023

Steve Hrehovcik

About the Illustrator

Steve Hrehovcik is an award-winning artist and designer, with illustrations and graphic art appearing in numerous books, magazines, newspapers and business publications. His credits also included commissions to create paintings of portraits, homes and buildings, children’s books, equestrian and pets, caricatures and cartoons, scenic views, plus reproductions of classical works of celebrated masters.

He is also a writer with more than 900 published articles. Other writing assignments include movie, theater and animation scripts, short stories and poetry. He has also published his book Rebel Without a Clue – A Way-Off Broadway Memoir, where he describes his journey in search of a career in the theater.

He lives in Kennebunk, Maine with his wife Carol of 58 years.

You can see examples of his work at

Geraldine Aikman

About the Graphic Editor

Geraldine Aikman is an illustrator, graphic artist and book designer. She specializes in creating repeat patterns for use on fabric, paper goods and home décor. The artist and designer also teaches workshops on preparing art for publication and promoting yourself on social media. Originally from Connecticut, she lives in Kennebunk, Maine, along with her rescue dog, Chelsea.