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Colors of Goodbye: A Memoir of Holding On, Letting Go, and Reclaiming Joy in the Wake of Loss

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What happens "after" the worst happens?
Before May 31, 2008, September Vaudrey's life was beautiful. But on that day, with one phone call from the ER, her whole world--everything she knew and believed--was shaken to the core. Katie, her 19-year-old artist daughter, had been in a car accident and would not survive. How does a family live in the wake of devastating trag
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 5th 2016 by Tyndale Momentum
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Wendy Hudson
Apr 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
I know not everyone will want to read this book once they read the synopsis and I can completely relate. However, everyone should. Even if you haven't experienced loss first hand, this book can be a huge asset in helping someone who has. September gives a raw, unfiltered account of her feelings she experienced through all the stages of the grief process. She explains what things those close to her did to help her through one of the worst things that could possibly happen to a parent, that of los ...more
Todd Starowitz
Feb 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Working for a publisher, I have the opportunity to read a number of books, although far more cross my desk than I ever have an opportunity to read. I received an early manuscript of this book about a month ago in the form of a .pdf. I began reading the book on my phone and read the entire book on that platform in less than 24 hours. It is a 300-page book and not an easy read yet I was so drawn in by the richness of September's words and the manner in which she drew me in as a reader.

While I'm s
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Mazzou B
May 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
How can my words describe the beauty and value of this book? From the first chapter, I knew this book would be a favourite of mine. As I read, my first impression was not unfounded. This book really, really touched my heart. As I read the saga within, my heart ached for the family who lost their beloved and unforgettable 19-year old Katie! Yet, even while my heart was weeping, I sensed the great peace and joy that this family had, which can only come from a relationship with Jesus Christ! Since ...more
Michele Morin
Jun 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Living Fully with a Broken Heart

For ten lovely years we were six.
I loved being six. In fact, I loved it so much that my email address incorporates our last name and the number six.
However, numbers change as children grow up and take flight. After our oldest son married, we were mostly five, but sometimes seven; and when son number two left for college we became four on a day-to-day basis.
But sometimes – gloriously – we are eight because of a grandboy.
I am bles
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Anna LeBaron
Jul 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone experiencing grief.
Grief is like a ball of hopelessly tangled yarn. Unraveling it takes time. Colors of Goodbye helped me untangle some of the knots in my leftover ball of grief.

Knowing the subject matter I put off reading for a while and then inwardly braced myself when I cracked open the book. Shauna Niequist's forward was such a perfect opening. I walked through the doorway into the cavernous well of grief explored by the author after the tragic loss of her daughter. Each chapter's offering felt carefully measured ou
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Gigi
May 05, 2016 added it
After I ordered this book, I had buyer's remorse. Why would I want to read a book about losing a child? How sad! I am so glad I read it. All of us have dealt with loss. September Audrey wraps words around what it is like to lose something and think you cannot go on. And yet you go on.

She shares in vulnerability and rawness how God met her during this dark time. I am richer for having taken the steps on her journey with her by reading Colors of Goodbye. And I can digest my own losses more thorou
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Elizabeth
Jun 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I sometimes wonder if I am a glutton for punishment. There was no mistaking when I picked up Colors of Goodbye by September Vaudrey that it would be an emotional book, after all, it's a memoir of holding on, letting go, and reclaiming joy in the wake of loss.

I figured it wouldn't be as emotional for me since Katie was older (19) and died in a different way than my own (car accident after an aneurysm). I was wrong. Reading the pain, the memories, the thoughts of a mother who lost a child is just
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Jalynn Patterson
May 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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What happens "after" the worst happens?
Before May 31, 2008, September Vaudrey's life was beautiful. But on that day, with one phone call from the ER, her whole world--everything she knew and believed--was shaken to the core. Katie, her 19-year-old artist daughter, had been in a car accident and would not survive. How does a family live in the wake of devastating tragedy? When darkness colors every moment, is it possible to find light? Can God still be good, even
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Lindsey Silvestrini
May 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Colors of Goodbye is one of those books that touched me so deeply that I already know my mere words can not possibly adequately do it justice. September writes with such a raw honesty that you almost feel what she’s feeling. I cried so many times throughout this book for a family I don’t know and a girl whose life was cut short way too early.

I hadn’t experienced real grief until this past year when my dad died. I think before that maybe it wouldn’t have had the same effect on me. I f
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Carolyn Livingston
May 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am inadequate to write a worthy review of this book, but I can say I have been changed by reading it. It was difficult to read at times because it both touched my heart with her family's grief and reawakened feelings of my own griefs.

I was loaned a copy by a friend and only accepted and read it because I didn't want to say "no" to her when she offered it. If you, too, are reluctant to read it, I would encourage you to read a few of the 5-star reviews and reconsider. It is beautiful
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Misty Nordyke
May 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book tugged at my heartstrings!
I was pulled into this book and felt the hurt and loss this family was experiencing.

The Vaudrey family did not expect the sudden loss of their daughter and how it would change and effect their lives.
One minute she is a vibrant, beautiful, and artistic girl. The next she is in the hospital brain dead and the family must make choices about their daughter and up hold her wishes about organ donation.
The family can not imagine what life wil
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Crystal Carney
May 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book perfectly captures that thin line between joy and pain. This is a story about every parent's worst nightmare--suddenly losing your child. Not only do they have to deal with their own devastating loss, but they still have to care for their four other children who have lost their sister. This book tells of their journey and how one family showed incredible courage in the midst of a great loss.If you know someone who is dealing with hurt or loss, send them a copy of this book. If you want ...more
Bethany
Apr 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
As a new Mom myself this book was incredibly hard to read as it deals with the pain and suffering of a Mother going through one of the greatest tragedies a parent can face, the loss of a child. After losing her daughter in a fatal car accident the author writes of her struggles dealing with the grief, anger and trying to find beauty in life once again. Written with such raw emotion the author does not hold back on how she battled her feelings towards God who took her precious child away and how ...more
Kaitlyn Bouchillon
May 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Colors of Goodbye is one of the most moving, unforgettable books I've read in years. In the best of ways, it is tragically beautiful and beautifully tragic. September Vaudrey tells the story of her daughter's death, while honoring her life and being honest about her grief journey (as well as the journey of her husband and children).

I can't remember the last time I wept through a book, but for the first 200 pages I found that I couldn't stop crying at such honest writing. It would hav
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Mary Kenyon
Jun 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is beautifully written. I have to admit, having a 19-year-old artist daughter myself, I spent the majority of time reading this book with tears streaming down my face. I even sobbed through a couple sections. That said, I've been through tremendous loss myself, so it was a cathartic read. Though I've never lost a child, reading Vaudrey's story helped me understand my daughter's terrible loss. We all loved our Jacob, but for a mother to lose her child is heart-rending. Still, Vaudrey ma ...more
Ruth
Jun 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful. Love the format, quotes and art. This book spoke to me.

The comment above refers to the Kindle version which has lovely colour pictures which I feel are one of the cores of the book. I liked them so much I ordered a hard copy. Oh what a disappointment to find that almost each one as in grayscale. Such a letdown and nothing I can do about it as the look inside feature shows the grayscale pages, but I didn't check, just assumed the hard copy and kindle copy were the same.
Mary
Jun 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
The death of someone you love and care about is difficult regardless of your circumstances. The author shares her journey through loss and grief after the unexpected death of her young daughter. She is blessed to have an excellent support team and is not burdened with financial difficulties. Perhaps reading about this family's experience will help you deal with grief and show the importance of faith in our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Kristen Schumacher
May 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a remarkable, must-read book. Beautifully written and hard to put down, Colors of Goodbye vividly illustrates faith, honesty, perseverance and love. No matter what hardships you have faced or are currently facing in your life, this story will leave you with hope, peace and a real sense of God's healing presence.
Carol
May 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I could not put this book down, and I rarely say that. September is a wonderful writer, and tells the hear reading story of her daughters death with poise and grace and hope. Highly recommend for anyone!
Therese
May 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Stunningly beautiful.
Carol
May 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Amazing author gives a beautiful picture of her family and facing loss. Get your Kleenex ready, a cup of tea and dive in.
Cj Rey
Jun 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Amazing story that is completely beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time.
Kelly Schulz
Jun 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The way this mother invites her readers into the story of her loss and grief met by God's unchanging goodness profoundly impacted me!
Mom
Apr 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If I could give ten stars, I would. This is an astounding true account of an unthinkable tragedy. Beautifully written. My friend knows the author and suggested I read it. Tears flowed.
Jeanette
May 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book!!!!
September is an awesome writer and captures every mother's heart...
Wonderful tear jerking journey.
I want to be her friend after this read...
Susan Riggs
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well

It's a beautiful book about a ugly subject. Difficult to read. Yet we come out knowing this remarkably unwhole family.
Deana Dick
Jun 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is one book that will stay with me forever. It is powerful, heartbreaking, compassionate and a story that is every family's worst nightmare. There are really no words to say to a parent that would comfort them during this time, but this book definitely made me realize how short life can be. As the saying goes, "In a blink of an eye."

Katie Vaudrey was a vibrant young woman who had just finished her freshman year at college. She was beginning her first day of her new job . She was
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David E
Jul 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Colors of Goodbye is one of the most moving, raw, and healing books I have read in years. What a remarkable work of art.

Author, September Vaudry, eloquently, yet authentically, puts her pain, grief, and deepest questions on display for everyone to see- not to wallow in them or to generate pity, but to seek true, gut-level understanding - the kind that often cannot be put into words - and genuine redemption for one of the deepest pain that a human being could ever experience – the dea
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Melissa
Sep 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Picked this up at the library, and it was a great book for me to read at this time of year, when I'm reflecting on our own experiences with loss. Very authentic and well written book about a family whose 19 year old daughter/sister died in a car accident. Meaningful book .
Lynn Robinson
Apr 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Powerful walk through grief

September captures the essence of grief: facing it and walking through the days and years it takes to turn the pages of grief and moving through. Not turning away from, but growing through.
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