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Reviewed by Ankita Shukla for Readers' Favorite
Ellen Krohne, the author, has opened her soul and heart in the memoir, We Lost Her. Ellen and her six siblings were raised in a happy and loving environment. Although their father was not openly affectionate, he loved his kids in his own special way. His actions spoke louder than words. Their mother was a woman with a very strong personality. They were not financially well off but, as the author said, in her childhood they were "rich in love." However, when their mother passed away, the whole family crumbled under this loss. To an outsider, they might have looked like a well-functioning family, but on the inside they were all struggling to cope with the pain. Their father attempted to find some sort of relief in alcohol, whereas all the kids tried to numb the pain in their own special ways.
This memoir would encourage general readers to extend as much support as they can to anybody who is grieving. On the other hand, We Lost Her would encourage the grievers to find an outlet for their pain. The author and her siblings did not grieve openly and kept all their emotions bottled up. This act changed their personalities. Fortunately, they managed to find their way back to their true selves. Of course, this transformation did not happen overnight, but their faith in God gradually healed their wounds. We Lost Her by Ellen Krohne is an inspiration to all of us. It does not promise to provide any magic potion that would eliminate all your sufferings; instead, it acts as a helping hand that guides us to find a healthy way to deal with pain. Losing somebody we love opens our eyes to the fragility of life. Knowing that once a loved one is gone he/she cannot come back teaches us to express our emotions whenever we get a chance because we might not get another.
The author has included several ways in which we can help someone who has lost a loved one and, also, the path that a griever may follow to find peace. Of course, she admits that every griever is different and one thing that helped someone may be useless to the other; however, it is very important to find a healthy outlet and not go into a self-destruction mode. I appreciate the author's intention and would recommend this book to people who are either grieving or trying to help someone get over the loss of someone close to them.