Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Book Review: A Gift of a Memory: A Keepsake to Commemorate the Loss of a Loved One, by Marianne Richmond

A Gift of a Memory: A Keepsake to Commemorate the Loss of a Loved One, by Marianne Richmond

We spent the night before my grandfather's funeral at my mother's house since we all had to be up early. This would have required an inhumane (and quite possibly traffic-jammed) departure time from our home, so it was much easier for all of us to spend the night at my mom's.

In the guest room, she had a a copy of this wonderful picture book for the kids. Betty, Boo, and I sprawled out on the bed and listened as my mom read it aloud to us. (I wonder how long it had been since my mom read me a bedtime story...?) I was immediately captivated and comforted (by a little more than just the book, I'll admit.)

Some things seemed so usual
on that remembered day
The sun arose, the birds awoke
and kids came out to play

For most of us, the hours passed
much like the days before
We lost ourselves in busyness
and rushed from task to chore ...

This is one of those books that may seem intended for children but is really a comfort for all ages. It gently guides the reader along the grief process, and there's something soothing about the soft pastel illustrations and gentle lyrical rhymes that is akin to a balm for the grieving heart, whether you're a child or a grownup. My mom mentioned that she purchased this for a child we know who lost her father very suddenly and unexpectedly, as well as for one of her best friends.

My father died when I was a teenager; had someone given me A Gift of a Memory back then, I would have treasured this.

Included in the book are several blank pages, as would be in a journal, to write memories and special thoughts of the loved one who has passed away. This would be a thoughtful gift for anyone, young or old, who has lost someone special.

1 comment:

Lori said...

It sounds beautiful and I'm going to pass it on to a friend of mine who was just looking for a way to help remember a loved one. THanks!