By Elsie K. Neufeld
Paperback by means of Elsie okay. Neufeld. On behalf of herself and all mourners, Elsie ok. Neufeld recollects her brother, stocks her tears, strives to forgive, and asks the place within the darkness God dances.
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We face the truth, the life John left behind in his small house. I drive the route I'd driven all my life, two empty boxes by my sidethey were all I had. How foolish can you be? I ask myself when I arrive and see my sister with several dozen. " we say in unison. "I'll start here," she says. " How do you pack a life away in boxes? With pain, with pain. Each item wrapped in boxes cushioned only with tears. Each jar and can is held and smelled and opened; each plate and cup examined. Each blanket, sheet, and pillow is touched, caressed, each shirt is held against one's face.
Burial or Resurrection? 44 My Photo Album 5. Growing-up Years 51 6. Growing Apart 61 7. Brothers and Friends 68 Mourning Bells Are Ringing 8. Grieving 81 9. The Journey 95 Who Is My Neighbor? 10. Facing My Neighbor 119 11. The Trial 135 12. Forgiving and Freeing 145 Where Was God? 13. God With Us! 157 14. Hope in God 165 Page 8 New Pathways 15. Grief Recovery 173 16. Dancing with God 186 Bibliography 197 The Author 199 Page 9 FOREWORD Loss connects. Connection brings support, release, renewal of hope.
ARE YOU SLEEPING, BROTHER JOHN? Page 31 2 The Sting of Death February 23, 1988 What shall I recount tonight, as I listen to Mozart's Requiem? Which part shall be the least painful? And how can I say any of it adequately? There is no language to describe the hell that enters your soul, that permeates your entire mind and body when death occupies your home. If I could have entered my screams, never to return, I would have. Is that how people go crazy? I wonderhow do you let yourself enter that other world?