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Reviewed by Gracie Bradford for Readers' Favorite
Sometimes I Cry In The Shower: A Grieving Father’s Journey To Wholeness And Healing is written by R. Glenn Kelly. This is a true story of a father’s unexpectedly loss of his 16-year-old son who was undergoing a routine medical procedure. It was not supposed to happen. The author narrates his journey through the five stages of the grieving process which he asserts are different for men than women. His mind became his playground of internalized feelings, thoughts, and unanswered questions. His faith was put to the supreme test, as well as his ability to understand and accept the return of the spirit after his son's crossover. The father struggled to find normalcy, eventually realizing it would not be easy to recover. The shower becomes his “fortress of solitude” where no one could see a “macho” man crying over his loss. This 151-page book is an excellent read for any male undergoing a similar loss.
The author did extensive research on how men grieved differently from women and formed many of his opinions and beliefs based upon his ordeal. The father’s life changed from being a self-centered, not spiritual, strong marine to a man of humility. The story is well written and provides an insight into social issues surrounding healthcare in today’s society. This father would never let go or accept that his son would not grow up healthy without the ache of pain and suffering. Ironically, the story has minimum mention of the role of the mother in the son’s journey. One can admire the devotion of this father towards his son. One will probably understand the father’s guilt after realizing his involvement in his son’s life. And even more important, the reader will understand the intermingling of rage and guilt felt by this father.