A Lively Death tells the story of growth and transformation after a death in the family. Parents and families face a life of despair and relentless sorrow after the death of a child – but it can be different. When Heather Carpenter’s 24-year-old son died in a skateboarding accident, her life changed in an instant; suddenly the ‘bottomless pit of despair’ opened up before her. At the same time, however, she received a gift: she realized she could embrace the wonderful possibility that her son was alive in spirit and reaching out to provide comfort and love. Heather found ways to live with hope, joy and an ongoing connection to her son; and she recounts how the inspirational and healing lessons from her ‘son in spirit’ became her journey to a new transformed life. This book addresses the pain of grief and offers practical strategies for those who may need it.
‘What is truly amazing is how life offers you healing, even in the haze of grief. Even a very simple gesture, my hand to my heart, provided warmth and comfort, and in my mind symbolized my love for my son. Simple is important, because that is all you can mange at that time … instead of despair, I had to decide to love. I see now that this in itself was a transforming path.’
This book charts a journey of the heart and of the spirit, and offers hope to those who cherish the belief that love transcends death, and that we are never truly parted from those whom we love.