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On Loss and Living Onward: Collected Voices for the Grieving and Those Who Would Mourn with Them

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After experiencing the loss of her first-born son, Melissa Dalton-Bradford thrust herself into literature searching for those who have experienced similar, devastating loss. What she found was comfort and guidance to help her overcome the pain of losing a loved one and the faith to face her own life without him. InOn Loss and Living Onward, she has compiled the best resour ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 6th 2014 by Familius (first published January 1st 2014)
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May 08, 2014 Kel rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone grieving, who has lost, who wants to help those mourning
Loss: noun: failure to keep or to continue to have something

: the experience of having something taken from you or destroyed

Grief: noun: deep sadness caused especially by someone’s death

: a cause of deep sadness

: trouble or annoyance

There is no dictionary-wrapped definition which fully conveys or explains loss or grief. For all who have lost, who have mourned, who have been wracked by pain, every ache and stab, every fresh realisation and memory is a unique, isolating event. For those who stand
Apr 21, 2014 Ruth rated it it was amazing
I've just now finished my reading of "On Loss and Living Onward". It is a journey of anguish and grief; of joy and redemption. As Melissa writes in her introduction, in spite of every possible scientific and spiritual intervention death comes to us all. "Resurrection is for those on both sides of the tomb". "When your most beloved dies--you die too. . . Like a literal resurrection, [Melissa's] family's resurrection began from underground, buried in sorrow, entombed in grief." Vicariously, I ...more
Apr 24, 2014 Jameses6 rated it it was amazing
This book by Melissa Dalton-Bradford is insightful, personal and enlightening, and I would like recommend it. It is a book about grieving, and I found it beautifully written and very personal. Melissa doesn't tell us how to mourn, but is with us as we mourn. She is a beautiful, descriptive writer, and it is easy to feel connected to her through her writing. Her tragedy makes this a genuine journey that she shares. Yes, I highly recommend it for anyone who is grieving and anyone who wants to ...more
Teresa Hirst
Apr 25, 2014 Teresa Hirst rated it it was amazing
Whether you are suffering a loss in your own life or want to comfort someone who is, this is a book to keep by your bedside during times of mourning. It is not a book to just finish, but like a book of scripture, to taste its verses and thoughts one at a time. Those samplings will bring a heart of understanding to a topic that is so easily misunderstood or mishandled. The author tutors all of us with the thoughts she has collected and the personal narratives she offers in how we might better ...more
Apr 26, 2014 Louise rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful, compassionate, heart-wrenching book about loss and grief. I read it desiring to understand how to mourn with some friends who have suffered devastating losses - and I finished it with a lump in my throat, many tears shed and a deep sense of reverence and respect for life, love and those who must continue on without their loved ones here. I am thankful to the author for her brave and valiant soul - this is a book to be read by all.
Mary Kenyon
Apr 01, 2014 Mary Kenyon rated it it was amazing
Melissa writes beautifully about the loss of her son and the subsequent search for words regarding healing and loss. This is a book I will want to share with my daughter, whose own son died last year. Sometimes it helps to read the words of those who have traveled the path before you.
Russell Fox
This collections of short essays (mostly revolving around the author's family's tragic loss of their son in a random accident, and their efforts to deal with their feelings afterwards) and random quotations (all dealing with loss, grief, and healing, collected from a huge range of world literature) is not going to be everyone's cup of tea. It's not mine, to be honest; Dalton-Bradford lives the life of the global 1%, whether she'd admit to it or not, and the uncritical way in which she works out ...more
Instructive and So Inspiring!
I have been anticipating this book for years because I became acquainted with the author when she was compiling it. While I loved her recent memoir, I have been more eager to read this book. It grabs you from the introduction, the reason she needed to write this book and share it with the world. Her son, Parker Fairbourne Bradford.

My family often visited relatives in the Munich congregation where the author often taught Sunday School lessons back around 2009. My husb
May 14, 2014 K. rated it it was amazing
Part of life includes the painful and difficult experience of loss. The death of a loved one can be devastating and isolating for the bereaved. Dalton-Bradford does a great service in her book by inviting the bereaved to join others who have walked the difficult path of loss.

After the death of her oldest son Parker when he was only 18, Dalton-Bradford searched through hundreds of written works in order to find her path. She carefully selected and organized dozens of quotes into the following fi
Apr 28, 2014 Meredith rated it it was amazing
Melissa Dalton-Bradford speaks not only to those who have lost someone, but also those who may feel unequipped in supporting friends or family who are grieving. The writing, although sometimes painful, feels lyrical. I would find myself moved to tears on one page, and then feel such a sense of hope on the next by just the right quote. Grief hurts, it's not pretty. Losing someone you love is the one thing that no one on this earth will escape from, and the one thing that we all dread. It bonds us ...more
Dec 21, 2014 Betsy rated it it was amazing
Everyone should read this book, because everyone will experience loss and have dear people in their lives experience loss. The book consists of Dalton-Bradford's personal essays on the unexpected death of her son Parker at age 18, as well as quotes from a wide spectrum of literature that the author found to resonate with her experience.

The first half or so of the book has much to say about the experience of grief and loss, and what the bereaved need from those close to them. The more I think on
May 23, 2014 Carynpayzant rated it it was amazing
A wonderful resource for those who are grieving and suffered loss. Melissa weaves her own experience with death (loosing her teenage son in a swimming accident as he was trying to rescue a friend) with quotes from other sources that she found helpful in dealing with her own personal struggles. What I like best about this book is that you don't have to read it all the way through every time you are looking for peace and a way to cope. You can go to a particular chapter and read one, two, or more ...more
Apr 30, 2014 Angela rated it it was amazing
When Melissa Dalton-Bradford lost her oldest son, Parker, to a tragic accident, she turned to the words of poets, philosophers, spiritual leaders, and ordinary men and women who had suffered similar losses to find strength and healing. Melissa has compiled these wise words--and as a poet, philosopher, spiritual leader, and grieving mother herself, has added her own profound insights as she eloquently and honestly shares her experience. This book is a gift to anyone who has lost a loved one, in ...more
Aug 02, 2014 Bridget rated it really liked it
Melissa Dalton-Bradford's story touched me deeply and (unbeknownst to her) we shared tears together.

Each chapter is preceded by various quotes from various grief books/writings that she has come across. While some of these are great, I found many of them to be long and I wasn't interested or emotionally invested into what these other authors were saying. I just wanted to hear about the author's experience with Parker's death. Consequently, I skipped over most of them, especially the longer ones
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Apr 29, 2014 Michele P rated it it was amazing
Love this book! From firsthand experience, Melissa takes readers--those who may have lost a loved one or those who wish to offer support to them--with her on her journey through the darkness of the Valley of Sorrow through her tender experiences with the loss of her son Parker, and brings them into the light of hope and peace. And she does this all in deep and poignant and beautifully written prose as well as through the thoughts of others who have gone through similar experiences. The spirit of ...more
May 07, 2014 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Following the death of my young daughter, I poured through anything and everything to find comfort and solace. I needed to understand how to manage this gnarly planet of grief I now occupied. This new book "On Loss and Living Onward" grown from Melissa's own aching heart will help provide that understanding to anyone living in that same awful place. For the innocent...still untouched by death and watching someone you love grieve, this book is essential reading. Oh if I could hand one of these ...more
Lana Wood
Dec 30, 2014 Lana Wood rated it it was amazing
Touching! This is a "must keep in my reference section" book collection. I want to buy it so I can be reminded of what it feels like and what to say/do to a person who's lost a loved one. It is a collection of famous people's authentic thoughts and feelings pertaining to death of their loved ones. It is a story of a Mormon woman's journey through the loss of her young son and what she discovered along the way.
Darlene Dion
May 26, 2014 Darlene Dion rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spiritual
Melissa and I attended church together in Munich. She has composed an excellent book of quotes intermingled with her family's story of loss that will help others to understand how to help those who are grieving.
Sharlee Mullins
Apr 24, 2014 Sharlee Mullins rated it it was amazing
This book is a gift to a needy world. It is a magnificent work, wise and compassionate, born of Melissa's own devastating loss, and is a must-have for anyone who has lost a loved one or who longs to offer comfort and something tangible and of real value to others who have been crushed by loss.
Apr 29, 2016 Kim rated it really liked it
I couldn't read this at night because I just wanted to wake up the kids and play with them. A moving memoir. I didn't read every quote she included, but anyone that experienced a devastating loss would want them in there.
Jun 08, 2015 Julie rated it liked it
Touching collection of poems and thoughts about grieving interspersed with authors experience grieving her son
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