My Reflection: This book hit close to home for me because I also lost my father. This story reminded me of the importance of being a friend who listens and hangs out with another friend dealing with grief. It isn't the time to ignore them. It is the time to show support.
My Reflection: This book surprised me at the end (Spoiler Alert!) as I came to really like the dad and knew the mom was worried about his health but wasn't expecting him to actually die. As the reader, I think I went through the stages of grief a bit and if his sons were my friends, I would have hung out and tried to ease their loss.
My Reflection: This article named the Five Stages of Grief: DENIAL, ANGER, BARGAINING, DEPRESSION and ACCEPTANCE. It helped me to recall this information. And then be aware that it is normal to feel this way when experiencing grief.
My Reflection: Since I am a big fan of Broadway plays, I immediately thought of Our Town as an example of how people deal with loss. These 2 novels reminded me of this play and now I plan to reread it!
My Reflection: Personally, I find music to be very soothing when I'm feeling down. Then I recall how President Obama broke into the spiritual after delivering the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa C. Pinckney, the slain South Carolina state senator and former pastor of Emanuel A.M.E. Church. He also understands the power of music, especially Amazing Grace!
My Reflection: After recalling Obama's song, I also recalled when Princess Diana died. Musician, Elton John helped a country heal through his song.