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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 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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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 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....

50 review for Life Came to a Standstill: True Accounts of Loss, Love, and Hope

  1. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie Borchardt

    Life Came to a Standstill is a poignant, difficult but great read for those who have experienced loss of a loved one or those who are supporting them. It is beautiful portrayal of the journey from the deep shock and pain of grief through to strength and healing, and ministering to others from what they themselves have experienced. My dear friend Helen Jay wrote of her amazing son Adrian who in his too short journey here left a profound mark on our world and those who knew and loved him. We walke Life Came to a Standstill is a poignant, difficult but great read for those who have experienced loss of a loved one or those who are supporting them. It is beautiful portrayal of the journey from the deep shock and pain of grief through to strength and healing, and ministering to others from what they themselves have experienced. My dear friend Helen Jay wrote of her amazing son Adrian who in his too short journey here left a profound mark on our world and those who knew and loved him. We walked our grief walk together and she is a support to me even in her own journey. I loved the "poem break" and the Addendum of resources for self help and Counselors. As a Chaplain and Marriage and Family Therapist I walk through loss and grief with many families and this book will become an integral part of my library of resources to share. I am also taking it with me to Zambia where we teach and bring resources to IWAWA who support those whose lives are impacted by HIV-AIDS. Thank you Gwendolyn, Helen and all who had the courage to share your deepest feelings.

  2. 4 out of 5

    misty campbell

    Wonderful read - excellent author , was a privilege to get to read 🥰

  3. 5 out of 5

    William LeClair

    Life Came to a Standstill details eight poignant stories about love, loss and hope after the painful loss of a loved one. Life Came to a Standstill follows the journey of the eight authors and how to maneuver the pain of grief after losing a loved one and find a path to a different life after their loss. I highly recommend Life Came to a Standstill to anyone who has lost a loved one. Great read.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Diana Mack

    I have a morbid obsession with the deaths of children. My brother died when I was a child. Now, as a mother myself, I am terrified of losing one of my children and in awe of my parents who somehow managed to live the rest of their lives to the best of their abilities. These 7 stories were just heartbreaking. The moments when they discovered their child was gone. How to continue. All of these parents received help from bereaved parents groups. Were these even around in 1976? All I know is my pare I have a morbid obsession with the deaths of children. My brother died when I was a child. Now, as a mother myself, I am terrified of losing one of my children and in awe of my parents who somehow managed to live the rest of their lives to the best of their abilities. These 7 stories were just heartbreaking. The moments when they discovered their child was gone. How to continue. All of these parents received help from bereaved parents groups. Were these even around in 1976? All I know is my parents suffered alone. I wonder if they would have helped. I remember thinking, as my parents grieved, "but I'm still here. Do I not matter"? and feeling so guilty over thinking that. This was brought up in one of the stories. The common threads were eye opening yet at the same time not surprising at all It isnt easy reading. But I sure want to rush home right now and hug my children tight

  5. 4 out of 5

    Deb Gripp

    This book is a valuable resource for parents who have lost a child and also the people who support those parents. The book is written by seven parents and one sister who have suffered the devastating loss of a child or sibling. The grief journeys are all different and in the end hopeful. It is clear that people do not get over a loss of this magnitude, but these parents (and sibling) have found a way to navigate through the darkness and find a different life to live in the light.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    Helpful book on grieving and loss. this was a goodreads giveaway

  7. 4 out of 5

    Daniel

    I never could imagine the pain a parent would feel when losing a child, but this book really brought me closer to such emotions. Foundational and encouraging advice!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    I havs finished reading Life Came to a Standstill (True accounts of ss, love and hope) by Gwendolyn Broadmore. Poignant true stories by seven mothers and one sister about their loss of a child (sister) and how they coped with their losses. A handy appendix at the end of the book to help find resources in coping with grief.

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