Book Review: “Aftermath” by Margaret McSweeneyAugust 14, 2012 at 4:07 am | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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From the back cover: Experience Grace in Grief.
Comforting, wise and practical–with the outpouring of her own mother’s words about grief–the author shares emotions experienced along the spectrum of loss after her parents’ deaths.
Five sections give: common emotions – comfort Scripture lists – counsel from grief experts – chronicling sections with detailed helps – tangible handles on dealing with grief during holidays – capturing loved ones’ legacy, and more.
If you read the the “Peanuts” comic strip then you know that the main character, Charlie Brown, is famous for saying, “good grief.” Let me say that there is no such thing. The Dictionary defines grief as, “deep and poignant distress caused by or as if by bereavement”. Sometimes grief can be so deep that a person never gets over it, suffers physical ailments and/or emotional distress causing them to withdraw from people and, sometimes , lose their jobs. No matter how you look at it grief is a painful, personal experience that all of us go through. It is how we deal with it that allows us to come through at the end. Margaret McSweeney shares stories from her own experiences with grief from the loss of both parents and her mother’s poetry from her book on grief after the loss of her husband. Reading “Aftermath” shows us that we all need the grace of God to deal with our loss, after all God does tell us, “My grace is sufficient for thee.” Each of the thirteen chapters: Grief Needs No Introduction, Shock, Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, Acceptance, A Comfort Box, Handles for Helping, Footprints of Faith, Leaving a Legacy, Learning to Fly, and Grace in the Wilderness have a chronicling section at the end that gives thought provoking questions to help you deal with that chapters topic. You will not want to part with this book to refer to it again and again as the need arises. This is a book to give to all your family and friends as we all will face grief. It will be a book that they will read and thank you for. ”Aftermath” is a keeper.
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