"The way to love anything is to realize it might be lost." –G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936), English writer known in his day as "The Prince of Paradox." Writers have a unique way of rising like a phoenix from the ashes, turning the devastating loss of a loved one into intimate accounts of overcoming grief. The stories that result comfort and inspire their readers.
Last week, we asked the community to blog about the one loss—an object, a person, a dream—that was hardest to bear. We were rewarded with dozens of stories of terrible loss and, ultimately, growth and lessons learned. From losing a Peter Rabbit book in the first grade to a friend lost to alcohol and drugs, Red Roomers showed how the meaning of a loss goes beyond the value of the thing itself.
Two posts stood in out in particular:
- Losing her three children in a bitter custody battle was member Merle J. Huerta's worst loss. She takes us to the hellish turmoil and back into hope in her post "Permissions."
- Twenty years since losing her grandmother, author Malena Lott relates in "A Thousand Deaths" how the memory of her life and death proved "that love, despite the pain, is worth it."
These bloggers will receive books by Red Room authors. Abigail Carter's The Alchemy of Loss: A Young Widow's Transformation is an inspirational and comforting memoir by who lost her husband in a moment - the 9/11 attacks - watched by the world. Susan "SARK" Kennedy's newest inspirer, Glad No
Matter What: Transforming Loss and Change Into Gift and Opportunity. Much more than a simplistic search for the silver lining in storm clouds, SARK's approach is a map, guidebook, and step-by-step strategy for profound, positive transformation through, rather than despite, life's inevitable travails.
All the loss blog posts are listed here. I hope you'll read many of them, and leave comments on your favorites, just click on the "Send To A Friend" link at the bottom of the page to share it by email. Red Room's past blog topics are listed here; we welcome suggestions for more. Thanks as always for blogging!
–Huntington W. Sharp, Senior Editor, Red Room