Shattered: Surviving the Loss of a Child
Gary Roe, Gary Roe
A USA Best Book Award Finalist
"A truly healing book." - Glen Lord, President, The Compassionate Friends
Unthinkable. Unbelievable. Heartbreaking.
Whatever words we choose, they all fall far short of the reality. The loss of a child is a terrible thing.
How do you survive this? Can you?
Multiple award-winning author, hospice chaplain, and grief specialist Gary Roe uses his three decades of experience interacting with grieving parents to give us this heartfelt, easy-to-read, and intensely practical book. In Shattered, Roe walks the reader through the powerful impact a child's death can have - emotionally, mentally, physically, relationally, and spiritually.
Shattered unpacks the depth of this loss, describing how...
-Intense, unpredictable emotions can hijack us at a moment's notice.
-Our minds spin. We can't concentrate. It feels like we're going crazy.
-Our bodies get hit. Symptoms surface. Our health can be impacted.
-Our souls feel crushed. Guilt shakes us. What we believe gets challenged.
-Our relationships change. Marriage, family, friendships, and workplaces feel the impact.
-Our plans and dreams are shattered. The future has changed.
Yes, the loss of a child affects everything.
In Shattered, you will discover how you can...
-Deal with the volatile, unpredictable emotions assaulting you.
-Manage the massive changes that are occurring in your life.
-Take care of yourself and your health amid all the upheaval.
-Love those around you, even with a broken heart
-Navigate spiritual issues and faith questions.
-Turn couple, family, and relational changes into personal growth.
-Support your other children and parent well through this.
-Find the people and resources you need to begin to recover.
-Live life as well as possible while in great pain.
-Make your child's life count in deep and powerful ways.
Shattered isn't a magic pill. The death of a child cannot be fixed. But comfort, compassion, guidance, and hope can be found in these pages.