How to Survive the Worst That Can Happen

A Parent's Step by Step Guide to Healing After the Loss of a Child

Non-Fiction - Grief/Hardship
168 Pages
Reviewed on 04/09/2014
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Author Biography

Sandy Peckinpah discovered the power in storytelling when she was inspired to write her first book after her daughter was born with a facial defect, a cleft. Rosey…the Imperfect Angel was a magical fairy tale that focused on the beauty of imperfection.
The fairy tale was recorded as a CD, produced by Tony Award Winner, Michael Alden and starred the voice of actress and former SAG President, Melissa Gilbert (best known for “Little House on the Prairie”). The CD made it all the way to the Grammy Ballot in 2009.
Her second book, Chester the Imperfect All Star, followed with the same media attention. Her fairy tales continue to be used in schools, hospitals, and clinics to raise awareness and help children with self-esteem.
After the death of her child, Sandy’s passion was to write a book that could help parents through such a devastating loss. How to Survive the Worst that can Happen is a parent’s step by step guide to healing after the loss of a child. It won the Pinnacle Book Award for 2014 in the self-help category.
In addition to writing, she works as a real estate agent and also co-hosts a weekly radio show, “Passion by Design” on AM Talk Radio. She focuses on projects that make a difference in people’s lives.
Sandy lives in sunny Southern California with her husband and children.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Dr. Oliva Dsouza for Readers' Favorite

Sandy Peckinpah has been through any parent's worst nightmare. Losing her son at the tender age of sixteen to an unexpected illness, within a day's time was not what she had ever thought about. The sadness and overwhelming grief that she had to deal with makes her what she is today. Life's true lessons are an outcome of tragedy. By sharing her life and helping a grieving parent to cope with life after the passing away of their child is what Sandy sets out to do with this book.

How to Survive the Worst That Can Happen: A Parent's Step by Step Guide to Healing After the Loss of a Child by Sandy Peckinpah is a "must read" book for those of us who are struggling to cope with the most heartrendingly painful tragedy. Through her step by step approach, she guides you on maintaining a journal that will act as your best tool to survive and go on. Her compassionate approach helps one feel that things will someday get better. Her words of wisdom encourage you to believe that love and healing wait around the toughest corner. Just pick yourself up and rally all the help that you can to mend your way back to life. The loss of a child is unfathomable and one always wonders if it will ever make any sense. Sandy gives you the much needed hope and reassurance to fight your fears. She gently tells you to accept the loss and celebrate the life of your child. Remember the joy that your child brought into your life. Preserve the essence of your child's presence in your life forever.