Yes, I know this is not a book of poetry, and I know that most of you academics will not go for "inspirational" materials like this. But too bad. I dig this kind of reading. There's nothing pretentious or fake about it. And, frankly, as a bereaved parent, I have days where I think I'm down right insane. And on those days, I read books like this and find that many people have thoughts and feelings just like I do. Either it is collective insanity, or it's a fabulous innovation to have people coming out of the closet with their own healing processes.
Must give a "heads-up" to other bereaved parents, especially newly bereaved: There are parts of this collection that will be too difficult to read. As always I say to do what you need to get the gems out of this kind of book. Skip the stories that push your bereaved buttons and read the rest. You won't be sorry!
That said, there are several stories included here that address various grief and healing topics. Each one provides an amazing and insightful perspective to grief, survival, and the general "ins and outs" of living life after the death of a loved one. And within these 50 or so stories, every topic you can imagine is touched upon in one way or another. You just have to dig in and enjoy to see what I mean. I will say that in particular, you should be sure to read the following:
Summer Solstice by Christine M. Caldwell
A Gift from My Ex by Kathryn E. Dawson
Surprise Party by Rita Marie Keller
The Tiger and the Butterfly by Nancy Baker
Angel in Camouflage by Theresa Marie Heim
Love Lessons by Pat Curtis
Love Sees No Color by Judith E. Dixon
A Midwest Miracle by Maureen O'Connor Hayden
A Song in My Heart by Wendy Marvel Redmond
Breaking the Silence by Sylvia E. Sheets
McDonald - A FIVE STAR STORY!!!
Sacred Vow by Beth Lynn Clegg
It must be heart-wrenching for editor Colleen Sell to read stories like these all day long and then only be able to publish 50 or so of them in each volume of the "Comfort" series. The stories I mention above are just a small selection of what is included in this volume. There are many more topics and inspirations from many other authors, so don't miss this one, folks!