When my sixteen-year-old twin daughter, Sarah, is killed in an accident involving eight teens taking a mid-night joyride, what’s left behind? And how do you move forward?
An intimate self-examination, Heaven’s Child is a magical memoir that teaches us how to surrender to our losses and celebrate the gifts of death while rediscovering life. Tackling deep questions and universal misunderstandings, I invite readers to journey beside me as I open the domestic scenes of home, heart, family, and community.
Heaven’s Child provides the solace needed to overcome our greatest losses. The story encourages you to find your life’s purpose and helps you realize that you never journey alone.
The book covers sudden loss; death of a child; relationships within a family; funerals and traditions; doubts, faith and hope; marriages, divorces, and parenting; forgiveness and healing; the power of memories and intuition; inner strength, and the resilience of the human spirit. Heaven’s Child shows us that the grieving process is personal, that it’s not just about death but also about any loss in our life; that grieving is not about endings…but about new beginnings.
“A pointed, intelligently told story of a family accepting loss gracefully. The story honestly depicts a real family; the author doesn’t sugarcoat the ugliness of divorce or the anger of miscommunication. The book also provides no grand “life lesson,” which works in its favor. Such a story on one’s nightstand, particularly if in the midst of the grieving process, could offer solace in a way that fiction never could.” Kirkus Review
“Heaven’s Child is a memoir of hope and serenity, of acceptance that “death is a part of life,” that “learning to live and love is a lifelong process and that our greatest gift is today.” The message is inspirational: all we really have in life to hold on to is the bond of love with our family. Death may interrupt the journey, but it can never stop us from completing it.” Indie Reader, 5 Star review
Added to the resource collection at: National Bereavement Resource Guide (The Moyer Foundation); Ask the Counselor – Ask the Doctor; Archdiocese of Seattle, Office for Catholic Schools