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Hannah's Gift: Lessons from a Life Fully Lived Paperback – July 1, 2003
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Top Customer Reviews
Even though my son Jim died at the age of 23 rather than 3, Hannah's joyous spirit reminded me very much of my son as well as of the many children whose parents I've been honored to meet (following the death of their children).
Maria Housden's gentle prose distinguishes this book from many books written by bereaved parents. Hannah's life, rather than her family's grief, is the primary focus of the book. Hannah taught her family great lessons on "how to live life more fully." Hannah's legacy continues as readers learn much about life, death, and grief through Hannah's example.
This book should be on the bookshelves of bereaved parents, nurses, physicians, and all caregivers.
A friend of mine says that although having a massage when she hurts is painful it is a 'grateful pain' because she knows it is helping her heal. Hannah's Gift hurt to read but it was a 'grateful pain'.
Maria Housden shares with you her lessons of Truth, Joy, Faith, Compassion and Wonder and illustrates them with intimate recollections of Hannah's last year and the path she travelled in coming to terms with her grief. I felt I was very much carried along on her journey. I was amazed at how the narrative had me crying from the bottom of my heart. There are also moments of touching tenderness and happiness which touched me just as deeply.
I think that Hannah's Gift is much more than just a book for those struggling with grief, it is an inspiration for those seeking to "live all the days of their life".
I bought this book a few days ago and have read it three times since. I have now given it to my Mum and bought another copy for a friend whose father recently died. I highly recommend Hannah's Gift.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great little book. It was given to me years ago as a Christmas present. It's about a terminally ill child. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Caryl
I'm not sure what made me chose this book, but I'm glad I did. Read it in 2 days. Covered several topic I hadn't thought of.Published 6 months ago by Cheryl Matson
This was a very moving book. This took a lot for a mom to write seeing that she had to re-live it all over again.Published 14 months ago by priscilla gullang
Having lost a baby in our family I got this book for my sister. It really did help her grieve and think about the baby in a different way. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Rainy
This is a very well written memoir.
I related to many portions of the book from losing people in my life.
Keep a box of tissues nearby.
The subject was obviously heart wrenching, but there were momemts of laughter that are priceless. I passed it on to my teenage daughter who also enjoyed it.Published on January 5, 2014 by sher
This is the first book to make me cry. I'm a tough person that doens cry at anything. I loved this book so much I read it again.Published on August 29, 2013 by Laura Majer