Into the Mourning Light
by Andrea Corrie

Perfect Publishers Ltd, 2013. ISBN 978-1-905-39989-5.
Reviewed by Jude Whelley
Posted on 07/30/2014

Nonfiction: Memoir; Nonfiction: Faith/Spirituality/Inspiration

Any mother's worst fear is losing her child. Andrea Corrie's son drowned at age 19. In Into the Mourning Light, Andrea takes us with her, step by agonizing step, as she travels the grief path. It is a difficult and painful journey and took great courage to share so explicitly. She does so to honor her child and to give hope to others in similar situations.

One of Corrie's most helpful coping mechanisms was writing. We are with her as she begins with journaling, adds poetry, writes to enact change to prevent future drownings, and finally authors this book to send into the world as comfort and encouragement to others who have lost a child or loved one.

This story is raw and unflinching in its portrayal of the agony of loss. But it is, at its essence, a story about love. Even though she has lost her son, her love for him continues. It is what carries her through the pain to a place where she can remember her son, celebrate his life, and in his memory, help others.

There were a few places I found confusing, mostly when Corrie incorporated others' stories into her own.

If you know of anyone experiencing this kind of loss, I would highly recommend putting this book into their hands. They will recognize each layer of grief and be uplifted by the way Corrie coped. They will find a safe place to pause and process their experience. They will find useful, practical ways to move to a place of healing.

Andrea Corrie is a medical secretary by profession who has always written fiction and non-fiction poetry and prose in her leisure time. Visit her website and her FaceBook page.

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