I bought this book months ago as a resource to deal with serious grief problems I was having. Since that time, I've gotten to know Joanne Mazzotta through social media and consider her a friend. She is a lovely woman with a delightful sense of humor and a deep wisdom. Joanne is an old soul.
I didn't have
the courage to read this book until a week ago. It sat on my Kindle, and I'd
pass it by each time I selected a new book. I always thought,"Not yet." I am
thankful that I finally opened it. This book is a tremendous resource not just
for survivors of suicide but for anyone dealing with grief. I felt many of the
same emotions expressed by Joanne. I cried at points reading her story.
Sometimes, I would wake my wife so I could read her a portion of it as I stayed
up late at night unable to turn off my Kindle. I got to know her beloved Danny.
I travelled through a large portion of her life and truly felt like all of
Joanne's children and weebles were my friends. I was shocked at the utter
honesty at points. Nothing is hidden from the reader which is the main point of
whole thing. Why whisper? It is a gripping story.
Yet Joanne is just a
regular woman. But for the grace of God, this could be any of us. Joanne just
had the courage to tell her story.
This is such an honest look at
suicide, death, family, religion, and what's important that I recommend it to
anyone. It's worth reading. I've read many other books about grief but none
quite like this one. Most are more like a "how to" manual. Joanne's is a journey
through a real life. If you have yet to experience grief that rocks you to your
soul, consider yourself lucky. We all will at some point. This story will show
you that you're not alone.
Thank you, Joanne.