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From Despair To Hope: Survival Guide For Bereaved Parents by Linda Zelik is the painful and heartrending story of a mother who lost her child. Linda gives advice on how to cope with emotions, different stages of grief, and how to take care so that the journey can be less painful. It is a book about hope, acceptance, and healing and advises all grieving parents on how to come to terms with their loss and grief and start living again. The author's personal experience of losing a child, her emotions and stages of grief are tangible and will give confidence to other parents who are going through similar loss, pain, and grief.
The book is divided into three sections. Part 1 is about the author's loss of her son and a glimpse into the family; Part 2 gives practical suggestions in dealing with the many stages of grief, and Part 3 is about after-death communications and signs which are demystified. The author gives tips and suggestions that will help readers deal with the challenges arising from grief so that grieving parents can find meaning in their lives and get back to normalcy. The black and white photographs in the book help readers connect with the author's story and her family. The journey of grief will become easier once this book is read. The author's story will reach out to readers and her suggestions to get respite from the pain of mourning will help many readers who are devastated by the loss of their child.