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How does a parent live through the death of a child? This profound and poignant compilation of the courageous personal journeys of seven grieving mothers and one grieving sister offers a road map of how to cope with the anguish of traumatic, unexpected loss-giving inspiration for continuing to live.Each narrative lovingly remembers the deceased, honestly conveys the shock of death, and details the grief work that the survivors-and their extended family members-have done to move toward healing and make a new life without their loved one. Though these are stories of painful loss, they are also inspiring accounts of strength, hope, and love, lighting the way from the darkest sorrow to the first shimmer of hope. An extensive addendum includes helpful supplementary material with valuable professional insights-guidance to help you navigate, when your once familiar world feels like an alien landscape.
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About the Author
Gwendolyn Broadmore lives in Ontario with her husband and their opinionated parrot, Blue. The sudden, violent death of her son, Liam, as well as the stories of the countless bereaved parents who have shared their pain with her, inspired this book. In the early days of her grief, Gwen found that reading the stories of others carried and consoled her. She hopes Life Came to a Standstill will likewise provide validation and encouragement to those who may struggle with the deep anguish of sorrow and the loneliness of loss. Gwen's first publication, Grief and the Courts, a not-for-profit booklet resource for surviving victims of violent crime, is available online.Contributing Writers: Carol Reid-LeClair, Helen Jay, Janet Rice, Beverley Ogus, Kathleen Stevens, Susan Massey, Marjorie Suzanne (Suzy) Richardson.