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A Father's Tears Paperback – September 25, 2012
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Top Customer Reviews
A Father's Tears tells the heartbreaking story of how David McColl, his wife Monica and his daughter Alanna lost their beloved son and brother Anthony (Tony) in a horrific car crash a little over one month following the celebration of his 19th birthday. It is a deeply moving account of the unimaginable experience David and his family endured on the morning they received "The Call" and heard the news that Anthony had been taken from this world far too early; a touching--and often humorous--homage to the sensitive and 'spirited child' who became a wonderful young man full of love, compassion and kindness who touched the lives of so many during his short life (inspiring, among other tributes, the spontaneous establishment of the 'Tony's Promise' campaign within hours of his passing); and a deeply personal account of how a family, beset by the worst kind of tragedy, manages to pick up the pieces of its shattered life.
Most poignantly, however, it is an honest and courageous account that David wrote in part to help himself through the painful and complex process known as grieving, but equally importantly to share the lessons learned throughout his personal experience for the benefit of others.Read more ›
The loss of a child is too much to contemplate: When the loss is completely avoidable, as was the case with the car collision that took young Tony McColl's life, a parent's emotions could quickly turn from shock and grief to outrage and blame.
In "A Father's Tears", David McColl and his family took the high road, and this is what makes the story one to remember, one to share and one to discuss. What would you do if this happened to your family? Or a neighbours' family? Or your child's school friend?
This book is a remarkable telling of how a family, friends, an entire community and even strangers, came together to support the McColls in a time of tragedy. The book clearly illustrates how the aftermath of drinking and driving deeply affects us all.
Father's are stereotypically supposed to be ""strong and silent". This is an unusual book, in that David McColl is both vulnerable and vocal about the roller-coaster of emotions, and the surreal situations he, his wife Monica and teenage daughter Alanna had to handle in the wake of a worst case scenario turned reality.
And herein lies the strength of "A Father's Tears": McColl's writing stands out as it displays his heart-wrenching sorrow, along with his pragmatism, foresight and insight, when most of us would be dumbed and numbed by the pain. McColl's sense of humor describing wonderful memories being parents to a highly-spirited child is truly hilarious.
I feel this book will act as a lifeline for fathers dealing with the surprise loss of a child. But it's also a book for mothers, siblings, families, friends, schools and communities. The promise to never allow someone to drive under the influence is a responsibility we must all share.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What a touching story. I travel Highway 148 often and think of the accident (Anthony) often.Published on August 3, 2014 by B. McLarnon
Great book. Easy read. Can really feel the authors pain through his experience. Well written. Good job. Would recommend to anyone who has lost a child.Published on January 19, 2014 by Johanne Bottrill
Reading the stories of Tony when he was small made you feel like you had known him and his family all his life. Tears flowed as David described that awful day. Read morePublished on February 16, 2013 by Tracy Bruce
Well written and emotional. This story is such a sad story, but a mans way of coping with his son's deathPublished on January 19, 2013 by A. Woodard
Not only is this book a beautiful heartfelt true story about a father dealing with the loss of a son, but also will serve to help other men in the same situation, to deal with... Read morePublished on November 9, 2012 by Debbie W
The author, Dave McColl, shares his traumatic story and in doing so, graces us with a gift that comes from the heart. Read morePublished on November 6, 2012 by R. Henderson
Authentic and inspiring. After the tragic loss of his nineteen-year-old son, David McColl takes us on the journey of his disbelief, grief, sorrows and firsts. Read morePublished on November 5, 2012 by Julie Blais Comeau
While "A Father's Tears" has its sad moments and I responded viscerally to Anthony's mother's cry when she found out he had died, I feel this book is more a celebration of... Read morePublished on October 27, 2012 by Rebecca of Amazon
"I remember being startled at the sound of my own crying; suddenly hoping I was alone so no one could see the weakness I was showing. Weakness. Read morePublished on October 19, 2012 by S.MacConnell