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I've read other books written by her, but this one touched me the most. Perhaps it's the disarming honesty with which Carol writes about the pitfalls of dealing with death, loss and grief. Perhaps it's the fact that everyone who has ever dealt with such issues can relate to the tone of the book and the emotions shared, if not also to some of the exact manifestations. Either way, a sense of gratefulness and respect builds up as one keeps reading – gratefulness for sharing and respect for the woman who has managed not only to work through incredible loss, but to also find hope and meaning in her experiences.
Grief is personal and there is no sure "recipe" for surviving it, and Carol's book doesn’t try to give advice; but in trying to make sense of pointless, heart-breaking events, she does manage to cleverly insert a sense of hope. Somewhere, underneath all the pain, guilt and regret, there is strength – strength to move on, strength to remember, strength to hurt and fall apart, yet somehow continue living. The dead survive through the memories and feelings of the living, and allowing this connection to manifest itself once in a while is not only natural, but it can also be helpful, we are reminded. Memories of the past find embodiment in the present – a recipe, a book or a clothing item are not only a reminder, but a way to reconnect, to understand, to find peace.
There are numerous kinds of death and they never really find us prepared. What we know may seem useless, so we despair, but we also try and create our tools to help us deal with such situations. If nothing else, Carol's book is a ray of hope from somebody who has survived and wakes up every day knowing she has to keep working at surviving. "This is something that had to be said", Carol Balawyder's fluent style convinces the reader – the same reader who gets a distinct feeling that the writer not only knows what she's talking about, but has also thoroughly researched the matter. The answers she found, she shares with us… and for that, we can only be thankful.
This is not simply an account of a period in the author’s life, but the sharing of a beautiful journey through pain, fear, love, and enlightenment, with humour and common sense woven into the tapestry brought to life so vividly here. Reading this book has been an enriching experience for me, even though it brought several tears, it has made me see a few things much more clearly from my own journey through life. I highly recommend it. It is one of very few books that I will definitely read again.
Balawyder invites us in to share in her well-travelled life and shares her deep insights into her grieving process. She raises some of the valid questions we ask ourselves when we have lost a loved one or going through the transition of losing a loved one. Questions encompass things such as, could I have done more, did I say all that I had to say and there is much discussion about the sometimes difficult discomfort of saying "I love you."
Her inner turmoil is expressed deeply and I would recommend this book to anyone who has loved and lost or perhaps may be going through the process of losing someone dear.
Each chapter takes the reader on a journey through many years of her life. Recalling her experiences grieving the loss of loved ones, The treasured and at times, painful memories of those now passed on. In particular the book is a tribute to her beloved sister, who's loss the author struggles with most of all.
A poignant, authentic and revealing look at one woman's efforts to come to terms with and move forward from the mourning process. And in turn, to become more reconciled with some of the memories from the past that still haunt her.
For readers struggling with the long-term serious illness of a loved one or already grieving their passing. Perhaps contemplating or regretting things that will now remain unspoken or unresolved forever. A book to be considered as an aid to easing and coming to terms with these issues and heartaches, in their own lives.
No one reading this will come away untouched.
The work is extremely well written. I couldn't fault it if I tried.