They say death is inevitable, and the Bible teaches that it is appointed unto man once to die. In an instant it comes, in an unexpected moment. It never leaves empty handed when it visits us. It takes those we treasure, those we center our lives and identities around, those we live for. Death is the easy part. Putting together the shattered pieces of life after the death of a loved one is what’s difficult. Most give up, unable to live on. Others such as the Olsen family fight on knowing that love never dies.
Not knowing what type of journey I would experience reading this memoir, I cleared my schedule, dedicating my day to it. I began, and as I read I wished I was reading fiction. I wished that I would get to the end and have my heart comforted that this wasn’t reality. Instead it was from the imaginations of two brilliant authors. But this was no fiction. This was someone’s reality. This was the pain of a family.
Beth and Rick Olsen walks us through the horrific dilemma that left their two young children, Joshua and Jessica dead. They bared their raw souls, leaving no emotion in the dark. They showed us how the death of their ‘little worlds’ changed their relationships with family, friends and even God. It was a powerful story and gripped my heart and refused to release it.
We never left you teaches that the road to healing is no one way street. There is no right or wrong way. Also for most, the road to recovery requires an extension of one’s boundaries. It may require one to move from what is regarded as the norms.
This book isn’t a How-To-Guide, as everyone must deal with their grief in the best way they know how. However, this book is a great start to remind the one who grieves that they are not alone, and they can overcome the trauma. Memories will never vanish, but the suffering doesn’t need to continue. Not only those that grieve should have a read, we all should. As it will teach us to be sensitive to those who are trying to patch their lives together after the loss.
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