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Pilgrimage through Loss: Pathways to Strength and Renewal after the Death of a Child Paperback – February 7, 2014
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-Ronald C. White, Jr., Author, A. Lincoln: A Biography and Fellow, The Huntington Library
"A wonderful memoir! …creative, joyful, poignant and memorable… this will be an excellent resource for grief groups, too."
-Rev. Marilyn H. Corvin, Retired United Church of Christ Minister, Former Staff Chaplain, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, Palo Alto, CA
"This beautifully written and comforting book unveils with grace the paths taken by parents as they faced a great loss, the death of their child... It's also a book for aunts, uncles, grandparents and friends who seek words and ways to offer encouragement as they walk beside those traveling through grief. Having been there, let me add: this is a book I will give to many and reread often."
-Jane Kirkpatrick, speaker and author of A Simple Gift of Comfort and The Daughter's Walk
"Linda brings a message of hope and inspiration to readers. Linda shows how our hearts can expand to fully integrate this loss into our lives and encourages all who must deal with this kind of tragedy."
-Carolyn Ringo, RN, MSW, Perinatal/Pediatric Palliative Care Coordinator, Providence Sacred Heart Children's Hospital, Spokane, WA
"The most difficult thing about the death of your child, after enduring that loss itself, is learning that your way of grieving may be very different from that of your spouse and others who loved that child. It is all so delicate, and how we negotiate this painful time is crucial to ourselves and our marriage and our friendships -- and no less to the memory of the child who died. In Pilgrimage through Loss Linda Lawrence Hunt does such a fine, lovely job of explaining that although we can never escape this grief, we can, in our own way, do our best by it."
-Frank Deford, American sportswriter, novelist, and author of Alex: The Life of a Child
"In Pilgrimage through Loss, Linda Lawrence Hunt takes us on a beautifully written and abiding journey through the evolving experiences of grief for parents after the loss of a child. Her perspectives, shared with the stories and wisdom of many other parents she interviewed, have greatly deepened my own understanding of grief. Like none I have heard or ever read before, she helped me see the powerful potential of the wellspring of love under a broken heart that can help in one's healing in sorrow. Through the pathways, she shares many of the ways she, her husband, and others have found to nurture this wellspring, sometimes intentionally, sometimes through other's kind friendship, and sometimes through sheer grace. This book is a most valuable resource not only to parents and their friends and family, but also to physicians, therapists, and other clinicians who may accompany those who suffer such tragic losses."
-Dr. James Shaw, Former Medical Director for Providence Center for Faith and Healing, and Palliative Care Services, Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children's Hospital
"Pilgrimage through Loss doesn't tell us what we need to do, but offers a gentle, wise, empathetic companion for the lonely, terrible, and grace-filled long journey of grief. As Linda Hunt grieves the loss of her loving daughter Krista, and shares the stories of other parents, she articulates most profoundly and beautifully that grief is as individual and unique an experience as is the life being grieved. There are many kinds of grief and no easy answers. But there is considerable power in being reminded we are not alone, and Pilgrimage through Loss offers that assurance. It is a book I will re-read and recommend often."
-Rev. John Owen, Chaplain, U.S. Navy
"Linda Lawrence Hunt's Pilgrimage Through Loss is an important book, especially for any family devastated by the death of a child. I know parents need the encouragement and help offered here because I lost my son, Spencer. All who read this will be blessed!"
-Dr. John Perkins, author and founder of Mendenhall Ministries
"Pilgrimage through Loss is both a gift and a challenge. Permeated by the healing power of narrative witness from many parents, Linda Hunt's sensitively written book speaks profoundly to the hardest passages of human loss. But she leads the reader through such depths to a new and unexpected place, including the mysterious ways in which God works through suffering to give to those who mourn the gift of enduring hope. With an honesty that is both wise and unflinching, she shows us how joy does not supplant, but rather transforms grieving."
-Darrell Guder, Ph. D., Professor of Missional and Ecumenical Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary
About the Author
- Publisher : Westminster John Knox Press (February 7, 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 066423948X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0664239480
- Item Weight : 11.7 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.51 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,004,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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While I fully understand that the loss of child is different than any other type of loss, I do believe that every person handles grief differently. When I lost my mother in 1968 there were no books to help one deal with grief. However much I might have wanted to just melt away and go to wherever my Mom was, I knew deep down that’s not what she wanted and it wasn’t what I could do. Life does go on, whether we want it to or not.
I didn’t go on any retreats, didn’t discuss my feelings with friends, and didn’t have long bouts of crying. While there is nothing at all wrong with any of these things, it just isn’t how I handle grief. I am a very private person and I grieve privately. I feel individuals must do what is right for them.
The author gives examples of things that help the grieving process but it seems to me, from reading her book and from observing life in general, that the best way might be to focus outside of yourself and give yourself to others in need. She gives examples of those who have started organization to help others faces the disease that took their loved one or organizations that help in an area of interest their loved one was passionate about.
I believe this book could be of help to a great many people who have suffered loss, and even to those who know someone who has suffered loss. There is much to be gained from reading this book for those of us who need better understanding of what we can do to help those suffering in grief and what things we should avoid in order not to cause them additional grief. This is a book I would recommend to everyone.
I was provided a free copy of this book for review from Westminster John Knox Press and Net Gallery. I was under no obligation to provide a favorable review.
I was, instead, spellbound. She told stories about others' pilgrimage through grief, and hers. Helpful clinical facts were seasoned with flights of poetry. (Poetry!) Heavy moments were lifted by hails of snorting group laughter. I sat in the back of the room (near the pile of her books that sold out at the break). I watched my folk at the edge of their seats. They were nodding, wiping away tears, smiling, scribbling notes. They were sharing their own stories in the spaciousness that Linda allowed for interaction. Gently, Linda told us that not all of us grieve according to accepted patterns; the room breathed a sigh of relief. "I was told a long time ago that I needed to get over my loss. And I've not talked about it since. I thought I was crazy." You aren't crazy, Linda said, then told of so many others who were wrongly told the same thing.
Linda gave us all some handles on a topic that finds and smothers us all: grief, loss, life's shattering curve balls. We all need to be reminded of how the broken places can become a holy means of grace. Linda was an winsome agent of that much needed grace.
-- Rev. Matt Matthews, author of Mercy Creek, and Fritz & Christine and Their Very Nervous Parents