“Conscience is no more than the dead speaking to us.” – Jim Carroll
Author Karen Chaston’s book ‘Beyond a Mother’s Worst Nightmare: Allowing yourself to live and love again after a death of a child’ is an autobiographical memoir of sorts. It chronicles the author’s recuperation after the untimely death of her son. In this inspiring account, she shares the details of her journey dealing with her loss and the way she learnt to cope with it. This love filled offering is bound to help others dealing with a similar tragedy to overcome their pain and keep the memory of their loved ones alive forever.
While many may not be able to imagine what it feels like to lose a child, you will still admire and appreciate the bravery and the brazenness of the author in portraying such honest emotions while sharing such personal and heartfelt stories. You will chuckle and cry with her as you undertake this journey with her. This book is bound to calm your mind and make you re-evaluate your priorities and the chores you do on a day-to-day basis. It’s such a well written and clean book that you really ought to offer this book to others after you’re done reading it, to let them know that they are not alone in this tragedy.
An oft repeated theme of this book has been to pay closer attention to the voice inside you, call it your subconscious mind or your intuition, following its advice can only lead to good. Another recurring thought is that – each and every one of us has the same ending to our story and we’re all here only for a short while, so we should make the best use of that time and do what our heart really wishes for.
The end of each chapter has a section called the contemplation section, where the reader is advised to pen down their own thoughts and reflect on the theme discussed in each chapter. I thought this was a good touch because it makes the book highly interactive too. The photographs in this book offer a small and yet significant peek into the life of an individual (Dan) and what that person stood for and what he meant to these group of people (friends & family).
The author, Karen does a great job of telling a personal story, detailing what it’s like to lose a child in such an unfortunate manner. You will be transported into a different reality and you will become part of her family and get a good sense of what she and her family went through. You will also come away highly impressed by reading about the author’s moments of hope and optimism in the midst of this tragedy.
Beyond a Mother’s Worst Nightmare is a well written non-fiction book that offers plenty of hope and helps you speedup the healing process.
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Kazand Investments Pty Ltd (November 2, 2014)