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5.0 out of 5 stars reading this makes you hold your loved ones close, 26 July 2010
This review is from: After You: Letters of Love, and Loss, to a Husband and Father (Hardcover)
Like C.S Lewis' work, cited often in After You, this too was a grief observed - as much by the public as the participants due to the author's public profile. Reading it, what's striking is how the unfathomably impossible - looking after two small boys and a baby, while trying to literally keep a roof over your head and somehow deal with the sudden death of your young healthy soulmate - becomes the very thing that gets McElhone through the days; not having the luxury of shutting down and hiding away. In addition, she conveys in heart-rending detail the "mammothness" of her loss; it's a visceral tangible emotional agony and like her and her children you find yourself wishing desperately he could come back for one last conversation, one last hug, the chance to say goodbye. But despite all this - and with the help of Baby - the book closes with the sense that while honouring his memory this family will thrive and move on in lives filled with love.
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