Friday, August 24, 2012

Book Blog Tour: Aftermath by Margaret McSweeney

My review of Aftermath:

Aftermath: Growing in Grace through Grief reaches out to people who are hurting over losing loved ones. It shares stories about Margaret Sweeney’s “aftermath” experiences and how she has healed and continues to heal from those losses in her life. It also shares letters, poems, and other writings from Margaret’s mother Carolyn Rhea from her “aftermath” experiences. The stories that are shared are used to help encourage people to go through all the stages of grief and explains there is no definite order that they happen. The readers will constantly be shown how notes of affirmation are important and will be encouraged to even send email and text affirmations because they are also beneficial for people to receive.

Aftermath described to me what came later after I’d been to many funerals in my life over a short period of time, and in some cases when I couldn’t get to some of the funerals and had to find the realness of the losses without them. Even though I didn’t understand it was the “aftermath” of what happened from those events at the time, this book has shown me that is what I was experiencing. It’s the shattered feeling I sometimes felt after someone died and then the picking up of the pieces one broken piece at a time. It’s the “what do I do now?” moments and the times where I sat in one place in silence for hours from the shock. It’s the words I wanted to speak but couldn’t get out of my mouth, the silent moments when people knew I was hurting but didn’t know what they could do to take the pain away. It’s also the path of finding people who went through similar experiences that I could talk to and the healing that came from not only talking to them but just being there with them, sitting beside them, speaking a little bit or being totally silent as we were going through the same experiences. Reading “Aftermath” was a great way to show me that each person’s experience after losses in their lives are unique, how they grieve differently, and how they heal differently.

This would be great book to add to lists of suggested reading material for people being helped through bereavement ministries.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity Group for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

More About the Book: 

Growing in Grace Through Grief

Loss is a four-letter word that grips our hearts and gridlocks our lives. Grief can hold us captive until we surrender it to God. How do we find the necessary grace to journey through the mourning process?

Juxtaposed to the outpouring of her mother’s words about grief, the author shares her parallel journey from the emotional abyss of grief after becoming an adult orphan. With candor, the author shares her own emotions experienced along the spectrum of loss after her parents’ deaths: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance—adding interactive options for readers.

Five sections cover these common emotions and provide:

• comfort Scripture lists

• counsel sections from grief experts

• chronicling sections with detailed helps

• tangible handles on dealing with grief during holidays, capturing loved ones’ legacy, and more.

About Margaret: 

Margaret McSweeney is a well-published author often writing online articles for Make It Better (the former North Shore Magazine) and freelance articles for the Daily Herald, the largest suburban Chicago newspaper. In addition, she has authored and compiled several books including A Mother’s Heart Knows; Go Back and Be Happy; Pearl Girls: Encountering Grit, Experiencing Grace and most recently, Mother of Pearl.

Margaret has a master’s degree from the University of South Carolina in international business. As is the founder of Pearl Girls, Margaret collaborates with other writers on projects to help fund a safe house for WINGS, an organization that helps women and their children who are victims of domestic violence, and to build wells for schoolchildren in Uganda through Hands of Hope. For the past 10 years she has served on the board of directors and leadership advisory board for WINGS. Margaret lives with her husband and 2 daughters in the Chicago suburbs. Learn more about Margaret and the work of Pearl Girls at

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