4 out of 4 stars
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The Ultimate Love by Sherine Anniruth is a nonfiction book about coping with grief especially after the loss of a child. Sherine Anniruth wrote The Ultimate Love to share her personal struggle with grief after the death of her son. This statement in the introduction struck me: "I'm a bereaved parent who wishes there was a term like orphan or widow to describe my status. Some say there is no such title because the death of a child is too awful to put into words." It had never crossed my mind that there was no particular term for bereaved parents. She states that the book was written to share in the reader's grief and provide both understanding and tools to guide readers through the tunnel.
The style of writing is simple, clear, and direct, with no ambiguity. The words are honest and appear to have been written from the heart. The book contained quotes and artwork that added to my enjoyment of the book. My favorite quote was this: "Grief is the last act of love we can give to those we loved. Where there is deep grief, there was great love."
I salute the author's courage for sharing her personal pain and grief process. I appreciate her finding signs of her son's presence in nature and things around her. Still, I must admit that, as she says, it may not work for everybody. I agree with the author that the most common stages of grief such as denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance can occur in any order for grieving people and that the process is different for everyone. I also agree that grief helps people recognize how important it is to manage time well.
This closing sentence in chapter 6 was particularly inspiring to me: "The biggest challenges should be met with even more spirit and hope than the smaller ones and not despair." The author opines that grief is a time to travel through, not a place to live. She says that time does not reduce the pain but that the griever learns to cope better with the sorrow. She urges readers not to lose faith and hope in life.
This was a beautifully written book with lots of helpful tips on how to cope with grief. There was nothing to dislike about this book. I think this book was professionally edited because I only managed to find a few minor errors. I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars because it was an enjoyable read. It will make a useful addition to the church, school, and hospital libraries.
The ultimate love
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