This healing memoir was written after the tragic death of Forbes’ 6 1/2 half-year-old daughter Charlotte, to non triggered malignant hyperthermia in August of 2004.
Forbes writes much about her family history and New England upbringing in a stoic blue – blooded family. Like Emerson, the Forbes family tended to be spiritual more than religious and very connected to the earth. This memoir chronicles Forbes years spent soul-searching in order to come to grips with the loss of her beloved child.
Much of what is in this book I understood. I have lost many people very dear to me throughout my life and with each passing, I ask myself many of the same questions this grieving mother asked herself.
I think this novel would be very helpful to anyone who has lost someone they love, in particular, a child. I believe a mother’s loss of her child must be one of the most difficult things to bear. How do you go on living? Forbes found a way to confront her grief, suffering, and pain through diligent effort and a change in consciousness.
This book is a beautiful tribute to Charlotte. It is also a helpful guide for others who find themselves struggling with a similar loss of great magnitude.