After experiencing the loss of her first-born son, Melissa Dalton-Bradford thrust herself into literature searching for those who have experienced similar, devastating loss. What she found was comfort and guidance to help her overcome the pain of losing a loved one and the faith to face her own life without him. In On Loss and Living Onward, she has compiled the best resources that will guide the living through the process of grief.
Superbly written essays by author and bereaved mother accompany each of five sections: Life at Death; Love at Death; Living After Death; Learning From Death; Life, Love, and Light Over Death. Quotes are from across history, geography and the philosophical spectrum. A substantial bibliography and suggested readings list is included.
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About the Author
Melissa Dalton-Bradford is a writer, independent scholar, world citizen, and mother. She holds a BA in German and an MA in comparative literature, both from Brigham Young University. She speaks, reads and writes fluent German, French, and Norwegian, is conversant in Mandarin, and has taught language, humanities, and writing on the university level. Bradford has performed professionally as a soprano soloist and actress in the US, Scandinavia, Central Europe, and South East Asia. She and her husband raised their family of four children in Hong Kong, Vienna, Oslo, Paris, Munich, Singapore, Geneva, and Frankfurt.
Table of Contents
PART I: LIFE AT DEATH
Silence and The Unspeakable
PART II: LOVE AT DEATH
Succor and Mourn, Console and Comfort
Kindness and Long-suffering
PART III: LIVING AFTER DEATH
Shadows of the Valley of Death
Man, Woman, and Child
A New Reality
Hard Days and Holy Days
PART IV: LEARNING FROM DEATH
Stillness and Revelation
Humility and Submission
Enlargement and Refinement
PART V: LIGHT, LOVE, and LIFE OVER DEATH
Remembering, Connectedness, and Covenanting
Ministers and Mentors
Pressing Forward and Enduring Well
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A wonderful resource for those who are grieving and suffered loss. Melissa weaves her own experience with death (loosing her teenage son in a swimming accident as he was trying to rescue a friend) with quotes from other sources that she found helpful in dealing with her own personal struggles. What I like best about this book is that you don't have to read it all the way through every time you are looking for peace and a way to cope. You can go to a particular chapter and read one, two, or more quotes and receive the encouragement and strength you are seeking. I've already given three copies away to family members who recently suffered the loss of their sister. Every home should have this book in their personal library.
This is a beautiful, compassionate, heart-wrenching book about loss and grief. I read it desiring to understand how to mourn with some friends who have suffered devastating losses - and I finished it with a lump in my throat, many tears shed and a deep sense of reverence and respect for life, love and those who must continue on without their loved ones here. I am thankful to the author for her brave and valiant soul - this is a book to be read by all.
Love this book! From firsthand experience, Melissa takes readers--those who may have lost a loved one or those who wish to offer support to them--with her on her journey through the darkness of the Valley of Sorrow through her tender experiences with the loss of her son Parker, and brings them into the light of hope and peace. And she does this all in deep and poignant and beautifully written prose as well as through the thoughts of others who have gone through similar experiences. The spirit of this book is like a warm embrace and comforting shoulder. What a blessing it will be for grieving family members who seek solace amidst their heartache!
Whether you are suffering a loss in your own life or want to comfort someone who is, this is a book to keep by your bedside during times of mourning. It is not a book to just finish, but like a book of scripture, to taste its verses and thoughts one at a time. Those samplings will bring a heart of understanding to a topic that is so easily misunderstood or mishandled. The author tutors all of us with the thoughts she has collected and the personal narratives she offers in how we might better respond to those who grieve with empathy rather than just sympathy. from Teresa Hirst
Dalton-Bradford intertwines her beautiful and heart-wrenching essays about the loss of her son with quotes from those who have experienced grief in this book. She also includes an appendix with a guide for those who are unsure of how to comfort a friend. This should be the guide for anyone who has lost a family member or friend, and the guide for those struggling to aid those mourning. A must-read. (Also I would leave my name -- Ellie -- but this log-in system is having issues. I'm a real person!)