by Elizabeth Mehren
Telling her story and the stories of other bereaved parents, the author shows how we do not get over the grief of a child but are changed by it. These moving stories show how healing takes place and how living the memory is part of the healing.
After Elizabeth Mehren lost her daughter, she set out to write the book she most needed: one that would offer solace, support, and inspiration. Telling her own story and the stories of other bereaved parents--contemporary and historical--she discovered that this worst grief of all never ends, but that if you're open to it, it can transform itself. Above all, it is a journey.
After the Darkest Hour is both a guide and a meditation. The author takes us through the process of grieving, from the effects of a child's death on the parents' marriage to what to say when someone asks, "Do you have children?" This book also offers valuable advice for the friends and relatives of bereaved parents.
From the Foreward by Rabbi Harold S. Kushner:
" After the Darkest Hour answers the most important question a berreaved parent asks: "Will I ever get over it?" And the answer is yes and no. No, you will never be the same person you were before. But yes, you do reach the point where remembering does not overwhelm you as it did in the beginning. You survive to see the day when you can love and laugh and enjoy the sunshine without feeling that you are betraying your child by doing so. We heal, but we remember, and living with the memory is part of the healing."
Paperback, 188 pages.