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Nadeem was just 25 years old when he passed away after a short, but painful illness, however he lives on in the tireless efforts of his mother, Sherine Anniruth, to memorialize his life. The Ultimate Love is as much about Nadeem, the central figure that binds together the chapters of the book, as it is about his mother's grief over his loss, in all its unimaginable dimensions. Anniruth's grief comes in waves, some that reduce her to tears, others that almost obliterate her ability to continue with daily life. And her work serves as an open letter to anyone experiencing the same pain, wondering how they could possibly live on after their child has gone.
The Ultimate Love is a work of deep and startling honesty, but not one likely to fly off the shelves. Anniruth struggles to keep her emotions down long enough in order to analyze and discuss her grief, rather than to be caught up in the depths of it. Perhaps it's not possible to capture such a deep sense of grief in words, let alone review a work that details a mother's unending love for a lost child. As Anniruth herself says, "each person's struggle is different", and her experience of grief is hers alone. The Ultimate Love is less a novel and more of a guide to living through loss, authored by a loving, abundantly caring mother who asks how the world could dare to move on, when she'll never be able to do the same. She tries to find positive affirmations and an overarching meaning for what happened to her son - a young man we sadly, barely come to know in the book, falling back on her faith for support.
What Anniruth has written is more a testament to the fragility of life, to its cruelties, and to our natural, built-in resilience to continuing on in the face of loss. As she carries the ghost of her son with her, she is herself transformed by the act of keeping him close to her heart. It's not an easy read, for more reasons than one, but a book that's bound to touch those who find themselves in the same position as Anniruth, and trying to cope with what feels like an insurmountable loss. Her parting gift to us as an author is to try and face it all, her grief, her hopes, her fears, and the small ways in which life does go on, while memory never fades.
Pages: 125 | ASIN: B0871MW1M9
- Print length : 152 pages
- Publication date : April 11, 2020
- Language: : English
- Word Wise : Enabled
- File size : 3622 KB
- ASIN : B0871MW1M9
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Page numbers source ISBN : B086Y4DX3Y
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,186,288 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The book depicts the love of a mother for her son, who is no more in this world. The book starts by discussing on Grief. Since the author, herself, is a parent therefore, she understands and requests parents to stay strong. The author, in the beginning, is making the readers understand the grief and I understand and accept that it is a quite powerful force that can even affect our routines, state of mind, and our life. It is natural that everyone faces different types of losses in the entire life and there are ways to find the cure and remedy to overcome that but some griefs are too deep that stays in our memory and ping us like every time because those are related to our closed and loved ones. It requires a lot of effort to overcome such kinds of losses but in the end, we must find some ways to tackle them.
The author not only presents the worldly ideas but also presents a spiritual point of view when talking about the healing of grief. The author expresses her feelings about her son, Nadeem. This made me feel what the author put into the words. The author further expresses her emotions by writing a letter in the name of Grieve, in which she tells about her feelings and love and asks to make her strong.
Although, it is quite difficult to deal with pains and even more when it is of your child and I salute the courage of the author who put her thought into the words and locks them for all time.
I highly recommend this book to all irrespective of age, caste, religion, or any other ethnicity. This book refers to love among parents and children. One must read this book and always be grateful to God for what one has. We never know what is coming next so we must pray to God for betterment. In the end, I would pray to God to make everyone protected and safe.
The author has used this book to express her feelings and the hard times she went through after losing her child. The story is so catching and the reader can feel the author's grief while reading the story. However, the story is also informative and helps us understand the emotions that one undergoes for losing love ones. I would recommend this book to all people whether you have lost a loved one or not and will be able to understand and appreciate the pain that one faces when one of them passes away.
This is a great book that has been written by a creative and talented mind. I love the story from this writer and I would like to read more of her books in the future.
Top reviews from other countries
Having lost my uncle almost 20 years ago, I can still feel the pain as fresh as new. Maybe due to this reason, I can truly relate to every single word written in the book. My heart reaches out to Mrs. Sherine and her family.
This book describes the simple, little, intimate joys of a family, of remembering your loved ones and our efforts of making sure our connection with them never ever breaks.
How a simple act of remembering them on our birthdays, or cooking up their favorite meals on their birthday, or discussing their adorable goofy moments brings a smile on our faces, and yet tears in our eyes. These moments are the purest part of the book!
How much we grieve to see them again and squeeze them in an endless hug! Something that is so personal we can never dare to share with anyone. How beautifully the process of grief is described as something you have to go through alone! How nobody can be a part of your grief, and how you can never be a part of someone else's grief!
Having lost my uncle, I could only mourn as his niece, but this is the first time I began to understand the grief, shock and excruciating pain of my grandparents who have lost their son, especially at the prime of his life; and how much it must have hurt them to see their son's friends getting married, becoming parents, enjoying all the small-big joys of their lives, something that their son would never ever experience. This book brought tears in my eyes after a long long time.
This is the paragraph that stuck to me the most. These are the most apt sentences ever to describe grief our family is still going through :
"I believe the greatest fear anyone who has lost a child has is that they will be forgotten, not just by us, but by their friends, colleagues, and other family members who knew them. We fear that, because their lives were cut short, they won’t matter enough for anyone to remember. We fear that we may look at photos and see their smiles yet cannot fully remember what they were like, and others will see their deaths as simply a distant nightmare."
So true are the words that parents never stop mourning their son's death. As moving now would be forgetting that their son ever existed. They mourn their whole life, struggling to keep his memories alive by every little things they could do. They just learn to live with it and move ahead in life.
This book also helps us understand the different ways in which we can mourn positively, by honoring the memories of our loved ones. How it is necessary to give yourself and others the time to accept our loss and start healing. How it happens daily, with slow sure steps until you will be able to see hope and see the painful memories overtaken by happier ones.
It’s about taking small, daily steps that soon enough, in the end, you will be able to see hope and, very slowly, see how the painful memories are overtaken by happier ones. You might even find yourself smiling through the painful ones.
Thank you, Mrs. Sherine, for sharing this book. You have no idea how much this book connects with me! and how much closer it brought me to my Uncle.