“Grief is a tidal wave that over takes you, smashes down upon you with unimaginable force, sweeps you up into its darkness, where you tumble and crush against unidentifiable surfaces, only to be thrown out on an unknown beach, bruised, reshaped….. grief will make a new person out of you, if it doesn’t kill you in the making.” Stephanie Ericsson.
Today is exactly a year to the day when my book My dad and Me: A journey of Love, Loss and Life was published and made available on Amazon. Thinking back to that day, I remember seeing the Amazon page and feeling emotional, I so wanted to show the front cover of the book to my dad because his name is in print. Never in my wildest imagination did I think I would write let alone have a book published. With hindsight it was easy because in my book I have talked about something so personal yet so universal, love, loss and life.
I want to thank the many friends and kind souls who supported me, read my book and took the trouble to tell me what they thought. Thank you is not enough as I have felt humbled and encouraged by the kindness of those who sat down and read through, often with tears in their eyes as my words touched their soul. I am thankful I have this opportunity to share my pain with the world as if one person, just one person finds comfort to help them walk through their journey of grief, the purpose of grieving so publicly will have served it’s purpose.
I was blessed to receive feedback from some wonderful people and here, I share a letter I received from the esteemed Mr. Matthew Parris.
Thank you kind world and thank you kind souls!
7th December, 2021.