The Village that Shaped Me

Growing up Acadian in rural Nova Scotia in 1950s and 1960s

by Bertha Brannen



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 5/25/2022

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 116
ISBN : 9781669826361
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 116
ISBN : 9781669826378

About the Book

We are shaped not only by genetics but also by the places and persons of our childhood. Some of our traits are passed down to our children and grandchildren. It is important to share family stories of the past in order for loved ones living in present day to gain some insight into their ancestors’ way of life. This book looks at the highs and lows of life with a focus on ways that have been forgotten. It is intended to provide today’s generation with an appreciation of a time not so long ago when persons worked very hard to provide basic needs, including food for the family. Different characters within the village are identified with short stories about their lives and their influences in raising children. Homemade remedies for health ailments are mentioned. The health care system’s undeveloped knowledge regarding a mentally challenged child within the family has an impact on the family as well as the village as old beliefs lead to negative opinions. The rule of the Roman Catholic Church, the rituals and the process of confession is outlined. The book is also meant to evoke meaningful memories of others who have lived in the same decades. Within the struggles there is joy, love and hope.

About the Author

Bertha Brannen is a retired Registered Nurse. During her forty-seven year career, she worked in acute care, Administrator in long term care and certified as a Grief Recovery Specialist. Her passion for educating people along the grieving process continues to this day. She volunteers her time meeting with people travelling the journey of loss. Growing up in a small rural French village provided her with an education in a simpler way of life. While appreciating the wonderful life that her grandchildren are living, she wanted to share her story of a different time filled with challenges and joy. This is her second book. Pathway Through Loss was published in 2019.