The Grieving Garden

Living with the Death of a Child

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"A fearless, compelling, and ultimately healing glimpse into the heart of love and loss." —Isabelle Allende, author of The House of the Spirits

 
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Book Details

Pages

304 Pages

Size

6 x 9

Format

Trade Paperback

Pub. Date

04/04/2008

ISBN

978-1-57174-581-1

Publisher

Hampton Roads Publishing

Authors

A Portable Support Group for Parents Who Have Lost a Child
 
“A variety of backgrounds and circumstances, along with a shared dedication to speak out on a notoriously unspeakable loss, make this brave volume cathartic and comforting; grieving parents may well find it invaluable.”—Publisher’s Weekly (Starred Review)
 
Every year, some two million parents in the US suffer the death of a son or daughter. The unnatural sequence of the child's preceding the parent in death creates a wrenching loss and overwhelming emotional and spiritual disorientation. Most of these bereaved parents find relief from their isolation only in the company of others like themselves. The Grieving Garden offers support, understanding, and, ultimately, comfort and hope from those who have sowed the same tears over the death of a child.

The Grieving Garden is a ground-breaking book that invites bereaved parents into personal conversations with a diverse group of fathers and mothers who share the same loss. The text is free of distracting and heavy-handed editorializing, "expert" opinion, or unwanted advice. Instead, readers are welcomed into a community of common understanding one they may enter at will, at their own pace, for reassurance and hope.

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"A fearless, compelling, and ultimately healing glimpse into the heart of love and loss." —Isabelle Allende, author of The House of the Spirits

 
"When the unthinkable happens, most of us long for a community of people who understand what we're going through. When that unthinkable event is the death of a child, we look for reassurance that we can still go on to lead meaningful lives. This book provides such a community, in the candid conversations of others who've been there. Though they pull no punches, the ultimate effect is life-affirming. I recommend it highly to all bereaved parents and to anyone who cares about them." —Eleanor Coppola, artist, filmmaker, writer, Notes on a Life, and bereaved mother
"If you have never lost a child, pray that it never happens to you. If you have, The Grieving Garden touches on the pertinent questions and issues. There is no right or wrong way to grieve. Each person must find the way that makes sense and works for them, in a situation that makes no sense. Losing a child is nine parts unthinkably horrible, and one part gift. The secret to surviving it is finding the gift. One is never the same, but one has the choice of becoming bigger, deeper, more. The Grieving Garden lights the path to surviving and becoming more." —Danielle Steele, author of His Bright Light: The Story of Nick Traina and many novels
“A variety of backgrounds and circumstances, along with a shared dedication to speak out on a notoriously unspeakable loss, make this brave volume cathartic and comforting; grieving parents may well find it invaluable.”—Publisher’s Weekly (Starred Review)
 
“Simple words, carefully edited, convey eloquent and practical insights into the bereavement experience. Ultimately, this book shows that comfort, healing, and even growth are possible after the death of a child.”—Library Journal (Starred Review)
 
"This important book shines new light on the turmoil created by the loss of a child, and on its potential for personal transformation. Moving and evocative."—The Reverend Scotty McLennan, Dean For Religious Life, Stanford University