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Losing a loved one is never easy. But toward the end of one's life, people can sometimes forge inexplicable connections that force us to rethink our own preconceived notions. What is the meaning of life? What happens in the afterlife? In her moving memoir, Shared Crossing – The Final Journey, Deborah Harkin, a licensed psychotherapist at the Family Therapy Institute, explores the answers to these questions by chronicling her own experiences with her mother toward the end of her life. After her mother was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2008, Deborah and her sisters shared the responsibility of caring for her. As her mother's health got progressively worse with the onset of dementia, Deborah had to navigate her own stress levels and work while finding suitable hospice care and holding on to her mother's essence as she slowly transcended beyond her physical self.
Death is a teacher that accentuates the preciousness of life. Shared Crossing – The Final Journey is a poignant reminder of this adage. In a touching tribute to her mother's life, Deborah Harkin shares her story and how her mother's last days impacted her own life and led her to find love and connection to her mother in the most unique ways. No matter what phase of life you're in, watching someone you care about reach their end takes a lot out of you and comes with its own set of challenges. Harkin showcases that brilliantly with an emotionally powerful narrative that is bound to resonate with anyone who has ever lost someone they love. It will also compel you to contemplate some of life's biggest mysteries. It's a riveting memoir that I will highly recommend.