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Former Metro East exec writes book on grief, plans benefit launch

BELLEVILLE — Ellen Krohne, a retired Southwestern Illinois business leader, will debut a new book on grief at a benefit launch in Belleville.

The event will take place from 4 to 8 p.m, Nov. 16, National Grieving Children’s Day, at the 4204 Main Street brewery.

krohne bookThat will be the official launch for “We Lost Her,” a book that tells the real-life journey of seven children who tragically lost their mother in 1970.

People can purchase a copy of the book and buy brews for a special price. The author will be signing copies that evening and is donating half of all profits from book sales to Heartlinks Grief Center, a program of Family Hospice based in Belleville, which serves a six-county area in Southwestern Illinois.

“We Lost Her” is the author’s first work. Krohne retired in late 2015 as the executive director of the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois. Prior to that, she served as an international business consultant for a decade and enjoyed 27 years with Illinois Power Co. She has been busy with volunteer work, grandchildren, learning how to author and publish, and enjoying retirement with her husband, Bill, in Okawville.

In “We Lost Her,” the inspirational journey of each of the seven siblings is told through the eyes of the author, the third-oldest sibling. The book weaves a tapestry of a farm family’s grief in their small Southwestern Illinois town, St. Libory. It chronicles their individual struggles, the impact of grief on their lives and what they learned about helping others grieve. It is a spiritual story of hope and renewal of faith through grief.

“Launching We Lost Her on National Grieving Children’s Day is perfect,” says Diana Cuddeback, director, Heartlinks Grief Center. “This unique book can help those who are struggling with grief or just with life. The author has worked closely with Heartlinks for years and we appreciate her donation of proceeds from book sales to our not-for profit organization.”

Learn more about Heartlinks Grief Center at The author will be posting information on “We Lost Her” on Heartlinks web blog site in the months ahead at and on the author’s Facebook @ “We Lost Her” is available for sale at, at the Family Hospice office at 5110 W. Main St. in Belleville and at the Family Hospice web store at

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