This book courageously faces the real shock and horror of the dying and death of a loved one. It pulls no punches, bringing the reader into the inmost experience of loss. Without neat answers or short cuts, the author attempts to help others see the gifts that lie at the heart of profound loss. This book is ideal for people involved in pastoral ministry or bereavement counselling; anyone who has experienced bereavement, particularly of a parent, as an adult.
This is a book which brings us to the very heart of grief. Though never sentimental, it is a work of extraordinary tenderness. There are lines on almost every page which pierce the heart, and yet it reads more like a song of love and gratitude than a lament. For anyone suffering loss, here is a work that will at once quicken and console, disturb and heal. It is a wondrous, necessary book.
- Fr Paul Murray, OP