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Reviewed by Essien Asian for Readers' Favorite
The loss of a loved one can be a highly painful experience, but it is even worse when that loss could have been avoided. On the 5th of May 2014, Patricia Elliot came face to face with this harrowing event when her son, Bruce, took his own life. She experienced various emotions from shock to disbelief before having to face the hard truth and the difficult steps that would follow. Having a domineering partner in the picture did not help matters nor was the process of facing her other children, friends, and associates, with answers to their questions. The Weight Of Emptiness is her account of the ordeal she battled both physically and mentally as well as some pointers to help others in similar situations.
The Weight Of Emptiness by Patricia Elliot is a touching account of dealing with loss from the point of view of those left behind. Her writing is emotional as she recounts the discovery of her son's body and her initial reactions. She is most objective in analyzing the warning signs which could, in hindsight, have prevented the tragedy and the experiences she had to go through in dealing with a manipulative ex-husband both before and in the aftermath of Bruce's death. The coping exercises she enumerates may sound simplistic at first but are quite effective. I cannot imagine what it took her to share the contents of her child's farewell note. This is a book I would encourage everyone to read. We do not all deal with loss in the same way, but sometimes, trying out something different can go a long way to help.