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Diana Sims bares her soul as she shares her experience of losing her third son just days before he was due to be born. Her book, Forever King: Surviving The Loss of My Unborn Child, reaches well beyond the concept of a heartbreaking memoir. Instead, Sims shares her story, then she shares various pieces of advice and wisdom to help other mothers who have lost their babies. Coming from a devout Christian perspective, Forever King includes common symptoms of grief and tips on how to move through them. Sims offers suggestions on religious practices, including reading Bible verses and other inspirational Christian books, to help others not only survive the tragedy, but come out on the other side whole as a human being and as a mother.
Losing a child during pregnancy, during their childhood or during their adulthood is probably the most challenging experience any parent ever has to face. For those who are inclined toward Christianity, Diana Sims' Forever King can be a great source of support, guidance and awareness that the reader is not alone. Not only can they turn to their Heavenly Father, but they can find support from other mothers who have lost their babies, too. No matter the tragedy that brought about the writing of Forever King, it is very well-written and offers a much needed story and much needed support to guide others through their own horrifically painful experiences of pain, confusion, anger and doubts in their own faith. For Christians who have lost a child and for those Christians who are very close to someone who has lost a child, Diana Sims' Forever King is a must-read.