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About the Author

David McColl wrote "A Father's Tears" to offer solace to families that have lost loved ones and especially to father’s who have lost a child. The book reaches out to anyone who is having difficulty dealing with grief. Born in Brantford, Ontario, he grew up in Ottawa and now lives with his wife Monica and his daughter Alanna in Aylmer, Quebec. He was compelled to write the book because of the tragic death on his son Anthony.

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  • File Size: 1594 KB
  • Print Length: 300 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 12, 2012)
  • Publication Date: October 12, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009Q5FJ56
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,745,274 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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David McColl wrote "A Father's Tears" to offer solace to families that have lost loved ones and especially to father's who have lost a child. The book reaches out to anyone who is having difficulty dealing with grief.

Born in Brantford, Ontario, he grew up in Ottawa and now lives with his wife Monica and his daughter Alanna in Aylmer, Quebec. He was compelled to write the book because of the tragic death on his son Anthony.

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"I pity the man that doesn't possess the capability or knowledge and strength to show and be able to deal with grief. These flashes of grief caused by quick triggers like music or a certain smell are very difficult and sometimes impossible to quell. The floodgates will open and the storm of tears will begin. And it can happen if you are alone, on a bus or in a board meeting with your colleagues watching you fall completely apart. If you think you can control it, think again."

A Father's Tears tells the heartbreaking story of how David McColl, his wife Monica and his daughter Alanna lost their beloved son and brother Anthony (Tony) in a horrific car crash a little over one month following the celebration of his 19th birthday. It is a deeply moving account of the unimaginable experience David and his family endured on the morning they received "The Call" and heard the news that Anthony had been taken from this world far too early; a touching--and often humorous--homage to the sensitive and 'spirited child' who became a wonderful young man full of love, compassion and kindness who touched the lives of so many during his short life (inspiring, among other tributes, the spontaneous establishment of the 'Tony's Promise' campaign within hours of his passing); and a deeply personal account of how a family, beset by the worst kind of tragedy, manages to pick up the pieces of its shattered life.

Most poignantly, however, it is an honest and courageous account that David wrote in part to help himself through the painful and complex process known as grieving, but equally importantly to share the lessons learned throughout his personal experience for the benefit of others.
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I have watched the McColls' story unfold over the past 1.5 years, and I am in awe of the courage it took to write this compelling and beautifully written book.

The loss of a child is too much to contemplate: When the loss is completely avoidable, as was the case with the car collision that took young Tony McColl's life, a parent's emotions could quickly turn from shock and grief to outrage and blame.

In "A Father's Tears", David McColl and his family took the high road, and this is what makes the story one to remember, one to share and one to discuss. What would you do if this happened to your family? Or a neighbours' family? Or your child's school friend?

This book is a remarkable telling of how a family, friends, an entire community and even strangers, came together to support the McColls in a time of tragedy. The book clearly illustrates how the aftermath of drinking and driving deeply affects us all.

Father's are stereotypically supposed to be ""strong and silent". This is an unusual book, in that David McColl is both vulnerable and vocal about the roller-coaster of emotions, and the surreal situations he, his wife Monica and teenage daughter Alanna had to handle in the wake of a worst case scenario turned reality.

And herein lies the strength of "A Father's Tears": McColl's writing stands out as it displays his heart-wrenching sorrow, along with his pragmatism, foresight and insight, when most of us would be dumbed and numbed by the pain. McColl's sense of humor describing wonderful memories being parents to a highly-spirited child is truly hilarious.

I feel this book will act as a lifeline for fathers dealing with the surprise loss of a child. But it's also a book for mothers, siblings, families, friends, schools and communities. The promise to never allow someone to drive under the influence is a responsibility we must all share.
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How rare for a father to share his grief at the loss of a child! A Father's Tears is a wonderful resource on many levels for anyone who has suffered such a devastating tragedy. David McColl manages to put into words the shock and heartbreak that men of his 'stiff upper lip' generation find so hard to express. In letting us in on his very personal feelings, he is sharing something very wise: at times of terrible tragedy, it is normal and healthy to show vulnerability, and that families need each other's patience and support to be able to grieve in their own way, if they are to go forward with strength.

My heart ached when I read David's story, but it is an inspiration to hear how he and his family have coped with the loss of their beloved Anthony with honesty, love and even humour. I often wonder how people manage to turn tragedy into something positive -- A Father's Tears gives remarkable insight into how David McColl and his family are doing that. It is a wonderful tribute to his son.
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David's book is a heart wrenching account of how he and his family coped with the tragic death of his nineteen year old son Anthony. He lays his soul bare as the reader is taken from the initial devastating phone call through the myriad of arrangements that no parent should ever have to make for their child. Ultimately, through their anguish, David and his family, together with Anthony's true blue friends, come together to create a tribute to "Tony" that literally spans the world. I simply could not put this book down.
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