Living with Grief

36 Lessons from Life

Non-Fiction - Grief/Hardship
310 Pages
Reviewed on 04/27/2019
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Author Biography

David Pierce co-founded Friends Along the Road with his wife Judy after the death of Lilli, their only child and best friend.

In 2002, David embraced the philosophy of Sanctuary and Caring Support. Finding that there are many misconceptions about death and grief, he came to understand that grief is an entirely personal experience, and that no one should suggest how another ought to go about it. However, he and Judy were encouraged by wonderful professional counseling organizations and healing networks that adhere to the ideas of safety, comfort, and unconditional positive regard.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Saifunnissa Hassam for Readers' Favorite

David Pierce's Living with Grief: 36 Lessons from Life is an anthology in which 36 authors share their personal experiences of the loss of a loved one, of grief, anguish and heartbreak, and of finding ways to live and love again. The anthology is a result of David and Judy Pierce's own life journey of loss and grief when their fourteen-year-old daughter Lillian was killed in an auto accident in 1999. They realized grief is an intensely personal experience and created "Friends Along the Road" to reach out through caring and supportive sanctuaries to people living with grief. This anthology is a literary sanctuary in which authors share their own unique experiences, bringing different perspectives to how grief can change life in deeply profound ways, and how to find hope and renewal again. David and Judy Pierce bring their own perspectives in "Friends along the Road Sanctuary for those in Grief " and "Letter to Lilli: The Essence of Your Smile."

When I finished reading David Pierce's Living with Grief: 36 Lessons from Life, I felt a deep sense of gratitude to the authors for sharing their own loss and grief, and equally for sharing their search to find meaning and purpose in their lives again. I appreciated the openness with which each author writes about their struggles with grief: grief has no set time limits; memories resurface; life moves on, albeit in a different way. I reread some of the essays and poems because they made me reflect on loved ones who died many years ago; about "forgotten" memories and "unspoken" grief. To mention just a few of the stories, essays and poems: “No Exemption from Grief” (I.J. Woods); “Echoes of My Breaking Heart” (Cheryl Olczak); “Can We Address Grief Before We Jump to Healing?” (Kara L.C. Jones); and “Grace Notes I” (Barbara Tillman).

Elizabet Weber

This book is a sincere labor of love. I had the good fortune to be a part of the process of creating this book and it was remarkable to witness. David Pierce, the editor and creator, lost his beloved daughter at the tender age of fourteen and has been on a love-fueled journey of understanding ever since. So this book represents countless hours of research and writing, of dialogue and debate, of community building, of learning and growing, of mistakes, mis-steps, and forgiveness, and finally a deep understanding that emerged on the value and sanctity of offering sanctuary.