After the Flowers Die: A Handbook of Heartache, Hope and Healing After Losing a Child Paperback – June 11, 2017
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From the depth of a pain only a Bereaved Parent could know, rises this ray of light that shines for other Bereaved Parents. Melanie has lived and is living the experience of being a Bereaved Parent, and with grace and generosity, the Teacher in her shares her wisdom and insights in this guidebook for All Bereaved Parents. In my twenty years of Grief Support work, this is the best book for Bereaved Parents I have seen! Thank you, Melanie, for offering your light of hope for others in memory of your precious Garrett.
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It has been said that there is no greater pain than the death of a child. After the Flowers Die by Melanie Delorme is a powerful, compassionate A-Z guide that offers grieving parents practical and insightful wisdom from a mother who has learned to live with meaning and hope after her child's death.
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In the book After the Flowers Die, Melanie Delorme offers insight, compassion, understanding, and suggestions to bereaved parents in a straightforward and practical manner. Rather than dispensing the usual cliches and platitudes, Melanie offers insight, compassion, and caring in a way only a person who has experienced the tragedy of losing a child can.
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One section that stuck out was on Platitudes, as someone who never lost anyone that close to me, it's the things I worry about saying to other people. Here she writes, "Tomorrow may have a new set of challenges, or the sunshine may make it a manageable day." Such a true statement, whether you have lost someone or are just going through a hard time.
This is a wonderfully written book that I hope can reach the people who need it.
I honestly loved this book. It doesn't apply only to losing a child - even though that's what it was written about - but to so trials in life that seem daunting and overwhelming. I will read this book again and I will (and already have) recommended this to people. It's an incredible read and, as I mentioned above, leaves you feeling positive.
(I received a copy of this book to review, but all opinions written here are my own and are in no way influenced by the author or others)
I haven't read this book beyond the Amazon preview however, I have heard about Melanie's story and heard her speak about her experience.
I have not lost a child. I have lost many people close to me from family members to friends. I've seen and felt the aftermath death of a loved one can have. I've seen parents of friends who have passed away, lose themselves after the funeral and struggle to find a new normal. I support this book because I think it can help those who are lost in grief. I believe it can help you to know you are not alone, that people have found the strength to heal and that this book can start the journey to thrive in life once again.
This review is based on the Amazon preview of the book.
I have experienced death and loss, but never that of my own child. I was contemplating the differences between someone who has born a child and one who has not recently and came to the conculsion that there are some things I will never understand--one being the connection a mother feels to her child.
Why am I telling you this? Because as I read this preview, it became very clear to me that Melanie has been there. She has born a child and lost him. She still grieves his loss, yet she walks in healing. Her book is written in a very creative way. It seems to me that while you might benefit from reading it linearly, the way it is designed beaons you to dive in where YOU need help.
Melanie offers you a listening ear, and gems from her own journey while recognizing that your journey through grief will be different from hers. Similar, but different.
I hope you won't need to read her book, but if you do, this could be just the book to encourage you to walk through your grief rather than let your grief define you.