Missing Christopher

Author: Jayne Newling
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
ISBN: 1760110442
Format: PDF
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Christopher was seventeen and had everything to live for. He was smart, charismatic, loving, and deeply loved, and a champion rugby player. Yet he was struggling. Diagnosed a year earlier with depression and severe anxiety, he hid his fears from family and friends. Finally, Christopher chose to stop fighting. This is the story of Christopher's shocking death and its tragic aftermath for the family. It is also the story of a mother and father's love, and their determination not to lose another son to the temptation of taking his own life. Honest, raw, and deeply moving, Jayne's account brings to life the visceral experience of grief and the long, painful journey towards finding meaning in life again. This is compelling and inspirational reading for anyone affected by the death of a young person. 'The cruellest loss in the world is the death of a child, no matter what their age. This is a fine and moving book about a mother's difficult path to finding meaning in life again after the loss of her child.' - Anne Deveson, author of Tell Me I'm Here 'Her journey through grief is enveloping, harrowing, even excruciating at times, at others poignant and revealing.' - Mal McKissock, author of Coping with Grief

Heaven s Child

Author: Caroline Flohr
Publisher: Book Pub Network
ISBN: 9781937454364
Format: PDF, ePub
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"Sixteen-year-old Sarah, younger twin by two hours, wrote, 'And now it is time for my story to end because we have finally reached the beginning." Did she know? How could she have guessed? Or did she just happen to choose words that had a greater meaning for her life about to be tragically cut short? Heartbreaking and heartwarming, Heaven's child captures the reader in a web of raw emotions in events that could strike any family. Like teens across the country, Sarah had parents who cared, attended a good school, lived in a safe community. And yet, life carries no guarantees. Caroline Flohr flings open her family's life for viewing, painting an intimate portrait of a nightmare in a small community and a family's determination to triumph after tragedy."--P. [4] of cover.

A Heart of Kindness

Author: Wendy Comeau
Publisher: FriesenPress
ISBN: 1525515489
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A Heart of Kindness is the courageous and insightful story of one woman’s quest to heal her broken heart. Wendy Comeau suffered the biggest tragedy a mother can face when she lost her son Christopher to a rare disease when he was only twenty-five. When her brothers and parents all died within a few years as well, she was faced with a decision—allow herself to spiral into depression and anger or find the hidden lessons and gifts, open her heart and spread hope and kindness. This book explores how Wendy was able to transform her unbearable heartache and learn to live again with the help of her family and loved ones. Her powerful story will encourage people to do the inner work they need to do to restore their faith, embrace love and show compassion to others after tragedy has struck. Full of wise teachings on grief, self-reflection, acceptance and forgiveness, A Heart of Kindness is a triumphant testament to the resilience of the human spirit even in the face of unimaginable loss.

Hope for Hurting Hearts

Author: Greg Laurie
Publisher: Kerygma Pub
ISBN: 9780984332793
Format: PDF
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Life is Fragile. But Hope in Christ Lasts Forever. The Bible calls human life a vapor. A mist. A wisp of fog. A flower that springs up in the morning and fades away by mid-afternoon. We like to think we have years to pursue our goals, raise our families, and make a difference in the world. But we just don’t know. The fact is, our stay on earth is really very brief. And when a loved one unexpectedly steps out of this life into eternity, it shakes us to the core. We ask ourselves: Is heaven real? Will I see him will I see her again? Will we be together again? How can I know for sure? In Hope for Hurting Hearts, Pastor Greg Laurie shares candidly about his own heartbreak over the sudden departure of his son Christopher to heaven and offers comfort to bruised hearts and a hope that will sustain us through this life and beyond.

Marco s Gift

Author: Debbie DeVito
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 0595404502
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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One night before a school holiday, our niece Stephanie called our son, Marco. She had found and purchased a silver cross of a certain type he'd long been looking for, to wear around his neck. I watched my son's face light up as she described it. Stephanie promised to deliver it the next evening.The following afternoon, Marco lost his life in a fatal accident near our home. We buried our beloved son with Stephanie's gift.Months passed. A friend looked for his grave, and called me to say she couldn't find it in the cemetery where our son now rested. We hadn't placed a marker yet, finding it difficult to do so; but I reminded her that Marco was near a large, hollowed out, dead tree."Didn't you see the tree?" I asked. "I didn't think you could miss it."My friend paused a moment. "My God. We were in the right place. I did see the tree," she said. "But Debbie the tree looked as though it was dead, but it was in full bloom. It was covered with white flowers!"This is a story about transformation about unspeakable loss, persistent love, hope, faith, and redemption. "I look at my sister Debbie in awe. She has gone through the most devastating, life altering situation, one that would have destroyed most people. But rather than giving up, she has emerged a new person and this is Marco's Gift."-Denise DeVito

Grieving Dads

Author: Kelly Farley
ISBN: 9780985205188
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Grieving Dads: To the Brink and Back is a collection of candid stories from grieving dads that were interviewed over a two year period. The book offers insight from fellow members of, in the haunting words of one dad, "this terrible, terrible club," which consists of men who have experienced the death of a child. This book is a collection of survival stories by men who have survived the worst possible loss and lived to tell the tale. They are real stories that pull no punches and are told with brutal honesty. Men that have shared their deepest and darkest moments. Moments that included thoughts of suicide, self-medication and homelessness. Some of these men have found their way back from the brink while others are still standing there, stuck in their pain. The core message of Grieving Dads is "you're not alone." It is a message that desperately needs to be delivered to grieving dads who often grieve in silence due to society's expectations. Grieving Dads: To the Brink and Back is a book that no grieving dad or anyone who cares for him should be without. As any grieving parent will tell you, there are no words to describe the hell one experiences after the death of a child. Many men have no clue how to deal with or understand the myriad emotional, mental, and physical responses experienced after the death of a child. Stories appearing in the book have been carefully selected to represent a cross-section of fathers, as well as a diverse portrayal of loss. This approach helps reflect the full spectrum of grief, from the early days of shock and trauma to the long view after living with loss for many years. Any bereaved father will find brotherhood in these pages, and will feel that someone understands them. While there is plenty of raw emotion in this book-the stories are not exercises in self-pity nor are they studies in grief. They are survival stories instead. Some are testimonies to hope. Some are gut-wrenching accounts of overwhelming despair. But all of them are real-life stories from real-life grieving dads, and they show that even if one reaches his physical and emotional bottom, it is possible (although not easy) to live through that pain and find one's way to the other side of grief. Most dads in this book found themselves in a state of physical, mental, and emotional collapse after the death of their child. As if the losses alone weren't enough to drive these men to the brink, most try to deal with their grief according to the conventional wisdom so many men are brought up with, which perversely, increases their suffering all the more. We all know the party line about how men are "supposed" to deal with loss or even disappointment: toughen up, get back to work, take it like a man, support your wife, don't talk about your emotions, don't lose control, and if you must cry-by all means do so in private.

Wildflowers in the Median

Author: Agnes Furey
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 1475953674
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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A collection of poems, vignettes, and letters that tells the story of a journey of restoration. Agnes Furey, mother and grandmother, reached out to Leonard Scovens, in prison for taking the lives of her daughter and grandson, wishing them to each find peace and understanding amidst the grief and suffering. Furey and Scovens cofounded Achieve Higher Ground, a restorative justice program for helping others.

Grief Observed

Author: C. S. Lewis
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 0060652381
Format: PDF
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Written after his wife's tragic death as a way of surviving the "mad midnight moment," A Grief Observed is C.S. Lewis's honest reflection on the fundamental issues of life, death, and faith in the midst of loss. This work contains his concise, genuine reflections on that period: "Nothing will shake a man -- or at any rate a man like me -- out of his merely verbal thinking and his merely notional beliefs. He has to be knocked silly before he comes to his senses. Only torture will bring out the truth. Only under torture does he discover it himself." This is a beautiful and unflinchingly homest record of how even a stalwart believer can lose all sense of meaning in the universe, and how he can gradually regain his bearings.

The Mighty Miss Malone

Author: Christopher Paul Curtis
Publisher: Wendy Lamb
ISBN: 0385734913
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A Newbery Honor-winning author ("The Watsons Go to Birmingham") delivers a heart-wrenching, suspenseful novel of one unforgettable family caught up in the turbulent days of the Great Depression.