When my grandma lost her husband of 53 years to cancer, she said, “nobody understands what I am going through”. We tried to encourage her to go to support groups but it was not something she was comfortable with. Oh, how she loved to read. How I wish I was able to give her a copy of Chicken Soup for the Soul Grieving and Recovery.
I said she loved to read, as she has recently passed away. How I admired my grandma for so many reasons. Her faith in God and her love for her family and others was unshakable. She was a foster parent when I was a kid, she was “mom” to more than 100 kids. She knew how to love.
I’ve talked about my grandma before, how she was my biggest support when I lost my first baby to a miscarriage, she was my rock.
When my grandpa died, part of my grandma died. She was so lonely, so sad, yet she continued to love others and her God. Her faith in God grew, as did her love. She was an inspiration.
On her death bed, as I was saying goodbye to a weak, thin woman who could no longer eat, drink, talk, or even open her eyes, she still loved us and God. When I tried to say words of encouragement to this struggling woman who was in pain from cancer, I reminded her of the love she had for her family, for more than 100 kids that she loved and cared for, how she got me through my miscarriage, how she was a testament to everyone she met about God’s love. She scrunched her forehead in a way that said she was grateful for the reminders and that she knew she was loved.
She wasn’t able to say goodbye that day or open her eyes or hug me, we had done that during several other visits before. I knew though that she was ready to go be with her God and with her husband in Heaven. I’m sure she is holding and loving the 3 babies she lost to miscarriage and my angel as well. I was at peace knowing that I was able to say goodbye and tell her how much she meant to me, her family and so many people.
Chicken Soup for the Soul Grieving and Recovery Review
Chicken Soup for the Soul Grieving and Recovery is all about people going through the grief of losing their friends, parents, siblings, kids, and loved ones. It is a peek into the journey that ties the entire human race together, dying. It is about treasuring today’s moments with your loved ones. It is a collection of 101 inspirational and comforting stories about surviving the loss of a loved one. Just as I have shared my experience with losing my grandma, this book is a tear jerker with hope as you read through others’ stories.
One story really gripped me. She author realized that “in order to heal, to move on, I had to let go, not forget, but refuse to cling to what might have been.” “The awful pain and emptiness declined as I persisted in enjoying the memories of the occasions we’d spent together – not dwelling on the lives we’d never have.” What a realization!
Another quote that stroke me was, “The walls we build around us to keep sadness out also keeps out the joy”. Everyone grieves, heals, and recovers on their own terms, in their own way, and in their own time. Chicken Soup for the Soul Grieving and Recovery may be the book that helps you along that difficult journey that each of us will face in this lifetime.
I hope that Chicken Soup for the Soul Grieving and Recovery will help you or someone you love that is going through the dark valley of grieving and recovery.
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This was not a paid post. My own opinions were used based on my perceptions and experience. Thank you to Chicken Soup for the Soul who provided the products for review & giveaway.