- Taschenbuch: 302 Seiten
- Verlag: Perfect Publishers Ltd (2. Januar 2014)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1905399898
- ISBN-13: 978-1905399895
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14 x 1,7 x 21,6 cm
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Into the Mourning Light (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 2. Januar 2014
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The reader is lead seamlessly through the ensuing days, months and years of the author's new "normal", offering great spiritual (yet non-religious) insight into a mother's grief and recovery, whilst acknowledging that healing in this sense is not the same as "getting over" it. As most people who have lost a child will agree, you will never get over losing your child, but as the author proves, you can achieve something positive after such an unthinkable tragedy. In Andrea's case, not only did she initiate a campaign with Kingston Council to improve safety along the banks of the River Thames, but she has chosen to be a voice for other bereaved parents in this book, not only to identify with survivors' anguish, but also to educate others about the indescribable pain of child loss. In doing so, she is also honouring her son James.
Also included in the book are the experiences of other parents to add multiple perspectives of coping after child loss.
This book is not just for parents who have lost a child to drowning. I, for example, lost my eldest son to suicide, yet there are always parallels within our grieving processes; the countless - and often unspoken - thoughts and emotions that will resonate with families who have lost a child in any way, in addition to the occasional sensitivity we face from others.
Despite the heartbreaking topic, the pace and flow of Andrea's writing is beautiful, enticing the reader to keep reading, with a measure of tears and laughter, on the journey from darkness into the "mourning" light.
One of Corrie's most helpful coping mechanisms was writing. We are with her as she begins with journaling, adds poetry, writes to enact change to prevent future drownings, and finally authors this book to send into the world as comfort and encouragement to others who have lost a child or loved one.
This story is raw and unflinching in its portrayal of the agony of loss. But it is, at its essence, a story about love. Even though she has lost her son, her love for him continues. It is what carries her through the pain to a place where she can remember her son, celebrate his life, and in his memory, help others.
There were a few places I found confusing, mostly when Corrie incorporated others' stories into her own.
If you know of anyone experiencing this kind of loss, I would highly recommend putting this book into their hands. They will recognize each layer of grief and be uplifted by the way Corrie coped. They will find a safe place to pause and process their experience. They will find useful, practical ways to move to a place of healing.
by Jude Whelley
for Story Circle Book Reviews
reviewing books by, for, and about women
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