From a Grieving Mother's Heart

Non-Fiction - Grief/Hardship
142 Pages
Reviewed on 06/16/2011
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Author Biography

At the age of 16, Terri Ann sat in her bedroom in a small farmhouse in Northern Minnesota and knew that she would someday be a writer. That dream stayed with her as she became a wife, a mother, and a business woman. Throughout the years Terri continued to write, putting her stories, ideas, and thoughts into file drawers with the intention that she would do something with them "someday."

That someday has come. Her first published books "From a Grieving Mother's Heart" and "For a Grieving Heart" are a result of her experience of losing her twenty-year-old son in a motorcycle accident in 1991. According to Terri, during her ordeal of grief, she searched for books that would speak "heart to heart" instead of "head to head" and found very few available. Because writing is a passion and a release for her, she journaled on ongoing dialogue of her feelings and experiences through her tremendous loss and has now turned them into books that can help others "put words to their emotions and feelings to their confusion."

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lynette Fowlston for Readers' Favorite

From a Grieving Mother’s Heart by Terri Ann Leidich is a mother's journal after the death of her son. What does one feel when awakened with a telephone call that informs her that her son has been in an accident? Only twenty years old, Terri's son's short life was ended while on a trip to McDonald's, thus beginning his mother's grief. From having to say goodbye, to the funeral, to the days that lay ahead, Terri’s life was changed. Yes, she believes in God and knows her son is in a better place, but she can’t help question why God chose to take her son from her. From celebrating his birthday with friends, to visiting his grave as often as possible, to wondering how the man who hit her son got away with the things he has done, Terri has a hard time living with her grief even though the rest of the family moves on. Through ups and downs, pain and laughter, she manages to get through it.

This is a powerful story in which the author takes the reader on a journey of struggling with the grief that has left her heart with an empty space. Only someone who has gone through such an ordeal can understand what she went through. With such beautiful poetry throughout the book, one cannot help but feel the torment and grief that the mother went through. If you know someone who has gone through this, then I would highly recommend this book as a gift. Not only will this help her to survive, as did Terri, it will make her whole again. It's a beautiful book.

Cheryl Campbell

Terri's story is heartbreaking and as a Mother I don't know how I would cope, she is very strong and this strengh comes through in her book. Her story is very powerful.
I have recommended her book to our Pastor's for use in grief counseling, both thought it would be an excellent additional to their library for that purpose.