Love Never Dies: A Mother's Journey from Loss to Love
Written by Sandy Goodman
Published by Jodere Group
Retail $17.95 (hardback)
This book is a most interesting look at the continued connections we have with our children after their deaths. It is one of the most tangible insights to how and why we continue to be parents. And I can understand that it is sort of an "edgy" look at the reality many bereaved parents live after the death of a child.
I say this because of my own experience with my own son's stillbirth. I was doing hypno-therapy and hypno-birthing during my pregnancy. And there were some very clear visits from my son during that time and since his death. But people tend to look at me like I've lost my mind when I am straight about this. So sometimes I call these visits "Dreams" or "Visions" or "Daydreams." But I am very clear -- even if some of you think I'm insane -- that the spirit of my son has talked with me, comforted me, picked his own name, even told me when and how he was going to die.
And Sandy Goodman is very straight about her journey of discovery of these same kinds of connections with her son after his death as she writes this book. There are so many synchronistic moments or coincidences or whatever you want to call them -- such a series of things that Sandy goes through as she makes her way through grief toward discovery. She talks about and offers resources for meditation, after-death communications, and mediumship. She weaves poetry with her insights and with her son's communications -- call them automatic writing or true channeling or whatever you wish -- this is powerful stuff that I challenge you to "fluff" off when you *know* the goosebumps are rising on your arm!
Ultimately, I think that any bereaved parent, regardless of your spiritual beliefs, could really and truly appreciate and understand the level of continued connection Goodman has with her son after his death -- and the profound effect/affect on the rest of the family who is on this jouney with her. If you have had experiences that have been challenged by your "support" people or by your current "religious" supports, etc -- then there is a good chance you'll get some serious validation for your experiences here. And if you are already finding support and are in a life situation that supports your experiences like this after the death of your child, then you will find some great companionship here.
I don't want to give more of it away -- I want you to just read it and experience Goodman's journey for yourself. I'm certain that something here will add to your own journey as you go thru life after the death of your own child!
Kara Jones lives on Vashon Island which is a much more awesome place than she ever imagined it would be. She is a poet, bookmaker, wife, teacher, bereaved mom, facilitator, receptionist, founder, struggling p.t.barnum, turtle faithful, editor, artist, and a million other things that will prevent you from putting her in any one particular label box! Kara teaches through local art centers, artists in the schools programs, KotaPress and independently. To find out more about her just click!
Love Never Dies is a breath of fresh air for bereaved parents! Sandy Goodman writes about grief with a sense of humor and realistic perspective that I can truly relate to. I laughed out loud when she gave the award for the most irrational platitude, "time heals all wounds", and let my tears flow when she too revealed spending hours at the scene of the accident. Her honest and intimate account brings understanding and relief to those bereaved parents waiting to be affirmed in their journeys as well as their after-death communications with their children. Sandy and Jason prove that love is forever."
------Carla Blowey, author of Dreaming Kevin: The Path To Healing"
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