Psychiatrist Livingston's earlier journals of the death from leukemia of his six-year-old son, Lucas, were first published in the San Francisco Chronicle's Image magazine, where they evoked wide and warm response. In those writings, he detailed the grueling regimen (including a bone-marrow transplant from the author) that Lucas endured, bequeathing to the family a lesson about the power of the human spirit. The current journal details the depth of Livingston's struggle with the loss of Lucas and the earlier suicide of an older son, and with his rage at the medical technology that failed his child. A poignant account of an anguishing life-changing experience.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Gordon Livingston introduces this brutally honest diary as the story of the life and death of his son. It is that, focusing on Livingston's experience of losing his six-year-old son, Lucas, to leukemia; it is also an account of a process of mourning permeated by his gradual realization that "love is not lost even in death." The book focuses almost entirely on the experience of Lucas' death, but the suicide of Livingston's oldest son, Andrew, the previous year, is never far below the surface. It is to Livingston's credit that he speaks not in terms of a triumph over death but of a confidence, gradually won, that love is not lost. This sets the book apart from much of the popular literature of hope and makes it an important contribution to the tradition of tragedy that moves us to humanity in the embrace of mortality. Steve Schroeder --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
PERFECT FOR BEREAVED PARENTS..TOUCHING AND GOOD INFORMATIONPublished 7 months ago by Noel Castiglia
I had to put this down every few pages - it is heartbreaking to read. That Dr. Livingston could go thru such torment and still find the strength to write this and therefore to help... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Osvaldo Fonseca
Good book if you have to deal with death of a child or someone you call or fee is a son.Published 16 months ago by V. HERMANN
This author is incredibly honest. He tells this very painful story exactly as he sees it. They did everything they could to save their son and in the end it wasn't enough.Published 18 months ago by Margaret Perkins