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Reviewed by Angela Beck-Kalnins for Readers' Favorite
Gone Before: How The Here And There Are Not As Far Apart As We Might Think by Judy Fisher is a biographical and spiritual recounting of the time she spent with her mother — during her mother’s last days — and how witnessing that passing changed her life and possibly her own future death. I’m not usually much of an autobiography reader, especially when the person being detailed is not someone I know of — not Abraham Lincoln or Princess Diana. However, the title and description of this book intrigued me and I am so glad it did.
Judy Fisher, the author of Gone Before, is an incredibly talented writer. She pulled me into her story — a very sad and depressing subject matter —with humor, real-life experiences (that in so many cases mirrored my own), and truly fascinating aspects of her situation that thrilled me and made me explore my own feelings on the subject of death and passing from this world into the next. There were times in this book that I actually cried. Judy made me feel that I was in the room as her mother lay dying. That’s a good thing. It takes talent on the part of an author — of which Judy Fisher has much — to bring someone into your story, to feel it as vividly as you do, as if it were their own.
I would very much recommend this fascinating story by Judy Fisher to anyone who might need a different perspective on the way they see death.