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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite
A Mother's Journey of Love, Death, and Forgiveness by Jackie Loret De Mola is a compilation of social media posts, photographs, and journaling that she had the presence of mind to articulate in the aftermath of the death of her son, Frank Loret de Mola. Frank was taken tragically and unexpectedly, following a car accident that left those who loved him overwhelmed with grief over the loss of such a young man. His mother, in a position no parent should ever be in, harnessed the grief and spun it into a project full of hope and love. As the compilation progresses, the stages of grief unfold as a mother takes one step at a time to a place of acceptance and understanding...and even forgiveness.
Jackie Loret De Mola writes with profound honesty in A Mother's Journey of Love, Death, and Forgiveness. The rawness of emotion as the wound that never heals is at its mightiest is palpable, but so too is the remarkable way in which these posts and entries are given. If they were not dated I would have certainly believed them to be written in retrospect and not written in real time as she moves slowly through it. The scripture included is lovely and the photographs transform Frank from a tragic tale of someone I didn't know into a personal connection I didn't know I could have. My favorite part was following Jackie as she made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, and the moments in the book where she states her “Franktitude”, a word her son's girlfriend created in the spirit of his gratitude. The organ donation is incredible and through those who received them, Frank's body lives on and continues to enrich the lives of others. This is a wonderful anthology of emotion and it will be on my mind all the way through Franksgiving, and ever after.