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.

Mamta Madhavan

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 story of grief, healing, and self recovery. Sandy Peckinpah loses her sixteen-year-old son to bacterial meningitis. She finds herself drowned in grief and despair and her life changes forever. She finds herself on the road to recovery when someone introduces her to writing. She discovers the magic of words and their power and it helps her to cope with the loss and live life without her son. The book tells readers how to handle loss, the stages of handling loneliness, and how to talk about your loss.

By sharing her story with readers, the author also shares an important part of her life with them. The book is sensitive and every reader who has undergone loss of a family member has something to gain by reading the author's story. It teaches you to live despite the loss and the author puts it effectively: 'The first step in your grief recovery is to take care of you.' There is a lot of pain, and at the same time wisdom in these pages, and the book speaks about understanding and healing very effectively.

The book can be looked at as a guide, too, because it gives tips on self discovery, handling grief, and suggestions of activities that can take one on a road to self recovery.

Faridah Nassozi

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 self-help book aimed at helping parents through their worst nightmare - the loss of a child. Everybody's grief is different but in the end we all go through the same grief stages. Sandy gives you practical step-by-step techniques on how to live through these stages, what to expect, and how to heal. Through different techniques like expressing your feeling through writing, leaning on the love and support of your friends and family, sharing your story and many more, the book shows you how to live through this nightmare and finally move on with life.

How to Survive the Worst That Can Happen is a book that teaches you how to heal after losing a child. Sandy Peckinpah starts the book off with her personal story, her own journey through the loss of her 16-year-old boy and this sets the mood right away for the book and creates that special connection with the reader. It is not about forgetting the past, but about the healing process through accepting the loss and moving on, keeping the memories of your departed child. Sandy's words feel genuine all through the book, probably because she has been there and she is not just writing theories but tackling a topic that is very dear to her heart. It is simply amazing how she handles this very delicate subject in a way that is both sad and comforting; giving you hope that losing your child, as painful as it might be, is not the end of your life. It will hurt like hell and will change your life forever, but you will learn to live again.