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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
Emalia: A Mother-Daughter Journey from Here to Beyond by Brooke A. Brown, Ph.D. is a celebration of the life of a loved one who is lost too soon. Brown takes you on a journey into her heart as she shares the life story of her daughter Emalia. From the day she is born to the day she passes away, clinical psychologist Brown shares the impact Emalia had on those around her. It explores themes of love, loss, grief, and resilience as Brown comes to terms with the devastating loss of her daughter and finds a way to continue living with purpose and meaning. Her diagnosis of cancer should change them, but it only brings them together.
Through five different parts, Emalia offers a valuable perspective on the grieving process and the importance of finding hope and healing in the face of adversity. Brooke Brown is honest and raw as she conveys the depth of her emotions in a way that is both relatable and inspiring. I cannot imagine the grief such a devastating loss can bring into a person’s life, but Brown’s narrative made her grief mine. However, even though the premise of this story is beyond sad, it doesn’t feel that way. It feels like a tribute to a beloved friend, mother, wife, daughter, and lifelong companion who is still very much loved. I love how Brown uses her grief and the overcoming process to help others. Grieving loved ones takes courage and this beautiful narrative teaches us to hope instead of cry and look to celebrate the life of a loved one rather than grieve over them. I highly recommend this story to anyone who needs a strong shoulder to lean on as they navigate grief after the loss of a beloved.