I believe it must have been incredibly difficult to write this book without agony. Work like that is not for the faint of heart, and readers, but especially the newly bereaved, can be encouraged that there is light at the end of a long, painful journey.
The book is very short and gives a factual account of Josh -- Mr. Pappalardo's deceased son - last days on earth, his death, and the days following his funeral. Then it becomes an account of Mr. Pappalardo's special quest to find and reconcile with his son, and his consequent efforts to bridge the great divide between the physical and spiritual worlds.
A poignant chapter is the account of Mr. Pappalardo's preparation to read Josh's first letter. In it, the heart of a father aching to meet and embrace his son, and the incredible longing of the parental heart is bared for the reader. The information Josh brings from the spiritual world is reassuring and comforting. There is always residual fear about a realm we have not experienced personally. Josh -- through a number of mediums -- tells stories about his transition and growth, the friends he met and the help he received. He talks to his parents and siblings with love, humor and a new found wisdom, and he also gives advice to his former school friends. It is an incredible journey, and it is an honor to be taken along such a path.