I received this from a friend when I lost a close family member. I have re-read sections of it several times. Excellent book for those who are suffering grief from death, illness, or broken relationship... I look at my own and others' sense of loss differently. It is a wonderful book to give yourself or to give to others. I have bought several copies to give to those in need of support. Better than flowers... this will last and give Hope.
I purchased this book because my husband died in January after a short illness. We were only together for two years. The first year we married were wonderful. He was healthy and we were so much in love and happy. In the second year he had a stroke, followed by his recurring rare skin cancer. Radiation, and chemo altered the chemistry of his body and his blood sugar skyrocketed. His body couldn't handle the sepsis which put him into the hospital on Christmas Day. This book was helpful for the first few chapters. But the author's recollections of his tragic loss was very sad but his pain was more personal instead of generic. It didn't help with my personal, emotional grief and how to process it. He then wrote about being three months after his loss, and then a year later, which is a time I have yet to cross. I needed something more immediate which I could use in a more personal nature. I may go back to it after my journey through my grieving becomes more manageable.
Surprisingly helpful. I read a chapter each night before bed in order to allow the words to slowly sink in. Author does a wonderful job of incorporating his own story into his message, but yet does not overstate his own story, allowing the reader to adapt the author's message to his/her own loss.
After experiencing the death of our six year old son, I read many books on grief. Jerry Sittser's books are the most honest and helpful books that I have read. They expose all the emotions that one experiences, and helps to remind us that we must trust in God. I have recommended and given these books to many people who have experienced the loss of a child and are in the darkest places of their grief. I truly believe that this book helped me to move out of my constant grief and find ways to celebrate my son's life.