When Every Day Matters, A Mother's Memoir on Love, Loss and Life Paperback – Import, 1 October 2008
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- Publisher : Simple Abundance Press (1 October 2008)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 300 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0981780903
- ISBN-13 : 978-0981780900
- Item Weight : 444 g
- Dimensions : 15.24 x 1.7 x 22.86 cm
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Brant holds nothing back in her chronicle of a decade-long, life-altering crisis. She poignantly shares sentiments only a mother would know, from the sacred space of losing a child. From Katie's diagnosis in her freshman year of college, through excruciating brain surgeries and treatment, attempts to find "normal" in continuing storms, and a family's resolve to never quit, Brant reveals the passion of a family struggling to save their child.
"When Every Day Matters" takes a microscopic look at the heart of parental grief, a reality that every parent hopes to never experience. But, for a variety of reasons, many parents outlive their offspring. The remaining question, "What now?" often rings hollow. Brant's book provides a brave insight into daring to face tomorrow, finding life again, and learning to honor a lost child.
Following the advice of close friends to "write herself back to sanity, serenity and wholeness," the author carefully chronicles her journey through the first year of grief following her daughter's death. In the process of writing letters to Katie, she constructs an honest, intimate and loving memoir brimming with the unconditional love between mother and child, as she describes her successful efforts to champion her daughter to live her life to the fullest, reach her lofty goals and fulfill her destiny, despite the very short time this remarkable young woman was given on this earth. (While enduring treatments of her own, Katie Brant worked tirelessly to establish Katie's Kids for the Cure, aimed at finding a cure to rid children of brain tumors.)
The author peppers her writing with occasional "Looking Back Reflections" that offer additional insights, wisdom and understanding about life, love and loss, based not only on Hurley Brant's personal experience but on her education and training as a certified group psychotherapist and Human Relations Counselor as well. This example (on page 208) is a simple and eloquent description of how to help another in grief, and certainly echoes the sentiments of every bereaved parent mourning the death of a child:
"When I think about what I really needed at this time I would have to say that I needed someone to hold my hand and give me a hug. I needed someone to say something wonderful about Katie. I needed to hear someone say her name out loud. I also needed someone to tell me that while I would never be the same again that I would make it."
This is a beautiful book, and one that I would recommend highly both to caregivers and to bereaved parents as an example of determination and resilience, and a comforting source of inspiration and hope.