Award winning author Linda Lawrence Hunt does it again. An extraordinary book!  ~Ron C. White, Jr., author, A.Lincoln


A riveting, elegantly told account which will touch and help others in a deep way. I will recommend it forever.  ~Rev. Woody Garvin, Senior Pastor, Valley Presbyterian Church, Paradise Valley, Arizona


An excellent resource for parents and grief groups!  ~Rev. Marilyn Corvin, former hospital chaplain, Lucille Packard Children’s  Hospital, Palo Alto, CA


A beautifully written and comforting book! I will give it to many and reread often.  ~Jane Kirkpatrick, Author and Speaker, A Daughter’s Walk


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  • There is never enough good material on this subject. Too much that is written is trite and focussed on bringing the griever back to “normalcy.” I look forward to your book. Your cousin, Ted, brought this to my attention because he knew our daughter Molly who we lost four years ago and he knows our grief story. Guess he saw some parallels.

    • Hi William,

      I am saddened to hear of your loss of Molly and appreciate that Ted connected us. I also agree about the illusion of a return to “normalcy” which fails to embrace the depth of a parent’s lifelong loss, and often even misses the potential healing power of drawing from the resource of love we always will hold for a child. Have you seen Dr. Nancy Berns writings on the problems of our culture’s emphasis on “closure” language and the unnecessary pressure this creates? She has a TED talk you can access online which you might find of value and I will be writing about this in the next couple of weeks. Thank you for writing and hope we can stay in touch. Peace to you, Linda

    • You two are quicker than I thought. In reflecting on the “closure” concept it now seems like a bit of an oxymoron to me and sort of denies long term memory for the one who has left us. Molly and Bill worked on audio and video records so Molly can be remembered which was one of her desires. It seems like an ongoing celebration of life of the departed as well as continuing and thriving in one’s own life may be the ideal combination.
      We can never forget Molly, because we were married on her first birthday; and she left us on a full moon conjunction with Jupiter the day before our daughter, Jen’s, wedding anniversary. She loved the moon and had a dog named Luna.
      Also, every time I see a photo of Krista, whom I never really knew, her Hunt features remind me so much of my mother, Helen.
      Good luck on your book, Linda.

      • Hi Ted,
        Thank you for sharing this blog with William and for telling me more about Molly. How wise that they created permanent memories to share. It is still so sad to lose a woman at such a vital age. It sounds like your friendship is vital to him! That’s fun to hear about Krista and Helen.

  • thank you for writing this book. as a physician advise as your book gives is invaluable. lost my dad this year and although not a child, it helps to read others and how they cope. great luck with your book and thank you for sharing your story about the great person your daughter was

    • Thanks for writing, Jeff. Many readers who experience different kinds of losses, such as the death of your Dad, mention how the pathways in Pilgrimage through Loss parallel their own experiences in grief. When we love a parent, just as when we love a child, we cam profoundly miss their active presence in our lives.

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For everyone, life sometimes brings shipwreck moments.

Ours happened when four friends woke us one beautiful May dawn to break the news that our 25-year-old married daughter Krista had died 7000 miles away while volunteering in Bolivia. Our hearts shattered, much like the shards of her bus that plunged over a mountain cliff.
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+ Alliance of Hope for Suicide Survivors On-line forum and website

+ American Childhood Cancer Organization (ACCO) (Formerly Candlelighters Childhood Cancer)

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