In Finding Peace and Purpose amidst the Tears, Debbie Gail Zane shares the many difficulties she experienced with her son’s mental illness and addiction, as well as how she supported him, fought for him, and loved him through his journey. Zane tells how, at times, her life felt consumed by his hospital visits, treatment center stays, drug use, and battles about his treatment. Despite the challenges, they maintained a loving relationship and she connected with her own love, compassion, and understanding and found a path to peace.

Zane chronicles her story of love and loss to help parents on a similar journey feel they’re not alone, offering hope for peace and healing. It helps others understand how to navigate their challenges with love and compassion and how to continue loving their child and themselves through it all, providing inspiration to go on after tragic loss.


Praise for Debbie Gail Zane and
Finding Peace and Purpose Amidst the Tears

“Finding Peace and Purpose Amidst the Tears by Debbie Zane is a poignant and deeply moving account of a mother’s journey through the love and loss of her son, who battled mental illness and addiction. As someone who has experienced the loss of a loved one, I found this book to be both heartbreaking and inspiring.

Zane’s writing is raw, honest, and powerful. She doesn’t hold back as she shares the highs and lows of her son’s life, the impact of his illness on their family, and the devastating grief that followed his death. Through her words, readers will feel the pain and anguish that comes with losing a child, but also the resilience and strength that is possible when faced with such tragedy.

One of the things I appreciated most about this book is Zane’s ability to find purpose and meaning in the midst of her grief. She shares how she has used her son’s story to raise awareness about mental illness and addiction, and to help others who are struggling with similar challenges. Her message of hope and healing is a powerful reminder that, even in the darkest of times, there is still light to be found.

Overall, Finding Peace and Purpose Amidst the Tears is a beautifully written and deeply moving memoir that will resonate with anyone who has experienced loss or struggles with mental illness or addiction. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for inspiration and hope in the face of tragedy.”

– Jeffery Olsen, Author of “KNOWING” & “WHERE ARE YOU?”


“Debbie is one of the most heart centered and compassionate people I know. Her journey of the heart is here to help her readers find the healing they deserve.”

– Magali Peysha, Founder Coaching Institute


“From the inception of this inspirational story, I have gotten to know Alex and been allowed to watch the loving relationship involving a mother and her son. Through her story, I feel that Alex was and forever will remain a light, not just in Debbie’s world but to anyone who ever had the pleasure of knowing him.

I believe that we never indeed lose our loved ones, even to death. Debbie’s unconditional love for Alex kept both of them strong, even in their weakest moments. I believe our loved ones never truly leave us, even after passing. They continue to contribute to our daily thoughts and the choices that we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories and hearts, just as this story will forever impact yours.”

– Dr. Victoria Cuore, Author of Who Kicked First,
Founder and CEO of A Contagious Smile