Shalom Rabbi Glazer,
I finished reading your book and wanted to let you know my reactions…
- It was easy to read
- I enjoyed it
- I felt as if you and I had been friends for a long time as your philosophy and mine are so very similar
- I loved the “both and:” and will try to train myself to incorporate this!
- I never thought of our greatest fear as being powerful beyond measure….I am still thinking about this
- Your 10 steps that begin healing are wonderful
Thank you for making this wonderful resource available to us and for reminding us about the gift of HOPE.
My husband passed away in June 2010, suddenly/unexpectedly in New York where we live. My friend mailed me a copy of your book, And God Created Hope, sensing my profound grief. I read the entire book in an afternoon and asked her for your E-mail so that I might write to acknowledge the profound positive impact your words have had on me.
In the seven weeks since my dear husband left me, I doubt that any other words of consolation from supportive and caring family (including children) and friends, has resonated with me as much. While reading your book I felt as if you where here beside me, comforting and counseling me. I especially liked your references to biblical commentaries and stories as I taught religious school in the past and have a love of Jewish learning.
Finally, the passage that explained how in grief the dead are kept alive while the living mourners die (on the inside) instead, rang true to how I have been living since my husband’s death. While I cannot change my sadness/depression over this tremendous loss overnight, I realize you are right; although disappointed in God, his decision was to leave me behind on earth for a purpose I have yet to understand.
Thank you ten-fold, for your beautiful insights and analogies. I know I am only at the very beginning of my grief-process, but your book may have been the wisdom I needed/need to not lose myself in sorrow.
With deep gratitude and appreciation!