Author Shows Way through Grief

Courtesy photo    Life After Death is a 279-page book that includes a guide to documenting 30 days of gratitude.

Alameda author Tisha S. Caldwell’s Life after Death: A Journey to Hope and Healing takes an intimate look into the way one woman deals with the death of her son, fights through the grieving process and emerges into a way of living that is both positive and encouraging.

It is difficult to bare your soul to anyone, yet Caldwell has done that. It is difficult to expose your raw places to anyone but to do it before an unknown public takes courage. Caldwell has done that. When a person can see personal tragedy, intimate pain and the awful horror of grief through another person’s eyes, somehow it becomes more of a manageable problem in their own life. 

Life After Death is a story of how believing and surrendering to God’s will was a necessary part of the time after her son Jumai’s death to reclaim a healthy and productive life. 

There is no easy way to work through the grieving process. Many people say, “It just takes time.” Caldwell shows how to spend that time in a constructive fashion. Depression is a crippling condition and moving through that to the other side is an accomplishment.

Caldwell suggests ways to help a person travel through the grieving process and emerge into a life they can be proud of.

  • Have faith in God or a Higher Power.
  • Keep good company.
  • Forgive yourself.
  • Develop better habits.
  • Have the courage to do these things repeatedly.

The last part of the book contains blank, lined pages readers can use to begin the process of working through their own grief. 

The lessons we learn through the course of a single lifetime are always important. Using the catalyst of loss to further explore and to test our own faith is difficult. Yet, everyone who lives long enough to love will experience loss and the lessons offered by that loss are important to the growth and strengthening of their soul.

The encouragement Caldwell gives is important. The gratitude readers may express on the blank pages of the book is a way toward healing. It is so much easier to fall into bad habits when you are in pain. It is easier to isolate yourself than it is to embrace people. An easier way is to eat more. An easier way is to isolate yourself. An easier way is to become dependent on people who are not “right” for us. An easier way is to curse. An easier way is to become that very bad example for loved ones. 

The harder part in all of this is to realize there are choices; one is to not be a victim. This is a story about not taking the easy way out. Life after Death: A Journey to Hope and Healing tells the story of taking control of one’s own life and moving through the grieving process to living a life one can be proud of.