Rarely have I picked up a book about grieving that has been as touching and riveting a read as this true-life account by Kristine Carlson.

Kristine Carlson lived an idyllic life as loving mother to two daughters, and life partner of Richard Carlson. Richard was the man behind the bestselling self-help book “Don’t sweat the small stuff’. Kristine’s life was shattered when her husband Richard unexpectedly suffered a pulmonary embolism on a typical flight to New York.

The sudden loss catapulted Kristine into heartbreak and uncertainly. This book , which she describes as a ” memoir through loss to self-discovery” is a look back at her journey into the underworld of mourning.

How do you pick up the pieces of life when death robs you of a loved one?

After the loss Kristine discovered she not only had to deal with her own personal grief but she had to learn to be a single parent, learn to love herself and allow herself to love deeply again. And she had to do all this as she struggled to rebuild a sense of self confidence that collapsed after her loss.

This is a courageous, honest and wise book with a central message -that loss too is a passage in life that one can emerge from with new life-lessons.

For Kristine, the mantra, “surrender, trust, accept” became a guiding light.

This lyrical book reads like a personal diary, and has an important message of inspiration for anyone who has suffered any loss of any kind.

If you have lost someone you love and want to hear from someone who has emerged from the other side of grief that feels it has blown a hole in your heart forever, pick up this book by Kristine Carlson who has learnt to survive and thrive through grief no one wishes on anyone else.