It would be fair to ask yourself at this very early stage: ‘Why am I reading this book?’, but there is no plain, simple or uncomplicated answer to this question. I can only assume that you, like me, have also had to endure the agony of losing a child or loved one. All passings are tragedies in their own right: finding a way to cope and somehow move forward seems to be something that not enough is written about.
This is my first book. Never for a moment did I think that I would be writing about something so personal and tragic as the passing of our son, Sam, in a horrific car accident on 3 May 2012. Sam did not pass on his own; two of his best mates, Raph and Jesse, were also with him and three beautiful souls were lost to this world that day. Three families were directly affected and many more were also stricken as the domino effect took hold and the realisation of what happened was fully grasped. The topic is not of my choosing, but in life you don’t always get to choose.
It is true to say that nothing prepares you for the loss of a child. It is usually totally unexpected and it certainly destroys the naturally perceived order of family succession. Not only do parents lose a child, but siblings lose their friend and first playmate. Life from here on is never truly complete, the void cannot be filled and the physical absence is always so painful and apparent.
For those of you who have experienced this indescribable pain and deep sense of loss, I hope so very much that our story will somehow help you deal with your own grief in a way that will ideally offer you a feeling of hope for the future, and a way of dulling the pain of today.
I truly wish that a book such as this one existed when Sam passed, because all I wanted was simple answers to seemingly impossible questions such as: ’Where has Sam actually gone and is he okay?’ It is my intention that some of your own questions will be answered as a direct result of me sharing our story, and my greater hope that you will be left feeling just that … hope.
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‘Loss and sorrow, passion and courage resonate through Kerry’s masterful and engaging storytelling style, which sweeps up the reader in this very personal story. A Mother’s Journey is Kerry’s invitation to travel with her as she ventures through life’s unchartered waters, from the depths of immeasurable grief, soaring to infinite love and hope, grounded in a rich spiritual confidence.’
– Mrs Susan Broughton and the Reverend Dr John Broughton (former Senior Chaplain, Victoria Police)
‘I commend this book to you if you are grieving, if you have ever experienced grief, if you have never grieved and even if you are foolish enough to think that grief can not touch you. In this searingly honest and personal book, Kerry Alderuccio shares her experiences of the life, death and after-life of her son, Sam. It is a story of hope and of finding a way forward from despair.’
– Associate Professor Ruth Stewart MBBS, PhD, FACRRM, DRANZCOG Adv
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1. Who we are
A Love & Write book
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