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Is it harder to lose a loved one to a sudden, totally unexpected, death (as did Humphries) or watch her die slowly (and sometimes painfully) over a period of years? Most of us believe that a quick death is preferable, but this author's experience teaches us that a long illness (while it brings its own stresses and problems) can be an unexpected blessing. His beloved Minda got to enjoy the first seven years of her daughter's life, to give the little girl memories that will never be erased, and to help her husband prepare mentally, emotionally, and practically for the job of raising their daughter alone. He makes it clear that he wouldn't trade one second of her life, even the painful times.
The author is a writer and he handles his story skillfully, while still being honest and open about his feelings. He's also funny. It may be sexist, but a man raising a child alone is still an oddity and that makes for some strange, sometimes entertaining situations. Those who have tried to combine employment with care-giving will be particularly interested in Tillman's experiences with the relatively new laws regarding "family leave." This is a subject which will be of greater importance to ALL of us as the population ages. Everyone could learn something from this book and I can't imagine anyone not enjoying it. It's a beautiful book.
I love the book, but I feel strongly that it would reach a wider audience with a different title, or perhaps a sub-title that makes clear the subject of the book. The cover picture may look great on a paperback or hardcover, but it's unappealing in Kindle format. Finally, the book description makes it sound rather gloomy and depressing and it isn't! While the subject of his wife's death is certainly sad, the author is not at all self-pitying and his matter-of-fact (and frequently humorous) way of telling his story is entertaining and up-lifting. I remember that I hesitated to read it and was so glad that I didn't pass it up.
The story is well written with gentle honesty, and I found myself nodding along in understanding, awed by the author's parenting, and at times laughing out loud at the humor in a single sentence. The story is told in such a way that I felt as if I knew the characters. I have no doubt that Kayly will grow up to be just as beautiful a person as her mother. I will definitely be reading more from this author in the future.
I love his writing style and the depth of his thoughts which he so effortlessly conveys.
I believe this book could be a great help in aiding people who have gone through a loss to be able to identify with some of his experiences. It reminded me of a secular 'Grief Observed' by CS Lewis
The delicate handling of his wife's death and the time spent afterwards bonding with his daughter is touching. And so is Tillman's positive attitude. When the author's brother remarks, "she suffered more than anyone should have to" the Tillman replies "she lived more than most do."
I especially love the ending, with a closure.
- Mohan, Author, A Child Lost in Flight
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