Grief Is Not The End chronicles the journey of a family that traumatically lost a daughter and sister.
The descriptions of loss, grief, and restoration are punctuated with the wisdom of those who have grieved. What does a mother, father, brother, and sister experience in the wake of such loss? What was helpful to them? What stood in the way of processing their grief? How did they finally find hope? These and many other questions find answers in Grief Is Not The End. Join us for the journey. Whether you yourself have felt the sting of grief or you know someone who has, or is currently grieving, what you learn here can straighten your path to good grieving or teach you how to compassionately deal with others who grieve. Grief really isn’t the end. There is hope.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Bill Trask has practiced law, focusing on financial services, since 1994. In addition, he has donated thousands of hours of pro bono legal work, supporting religious liberty and free speech to a number of not–for-profit organizations, including the Alliance Defending Freedom, the National Center for Law and Policy, the Pacific Justice Institute, Life Legal Defense Fund, and Liberty Council. Prior to practicing law, Bill served on the pastoral staff of a local Baptist church and for the Youth for Christ program. Later, Bill ran a subsidiary of a Fortune Five Hundred company for over ten years and during his last four years of tenure, attended law school in the evening. Bill was a founding board member of College Area Pregnancy Services and has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Center for Law and Policy since 2008. Bill lives with his wife in Oak Point, Texas and is involved in his local church. Most of all, Bill has journeyed through the loss of his twenty-two year old daughter, Leah, and has discovered and continues to explore how to grieve well. He has a passion for grieving people and sharing what he has learned, and continues to learn, through living the processes of grief and hope.
Vicky Trask is the mother of Leah, Simon, and Hannah and Bill’s wife for the past 38 years. Simon and Hannah are Bill and Vicky’s surviving son and daughter who have eased their parents’ concern over raising children by making them as proud as any parent could be.
In the midst of grief, some push on towards learning how to live with the loss, to step out beyond the four walls of their current state. Others choose to let the current of grief take them where it pleases, remaining in the relative comfort of the grief they know. They lose control of their own lives, emotions, and relationships and let the grief decide what they can or cannot accomplish. Either way, loss is a struggle. Where one struggles to find a new way of living, the other struggles to merely stay alive.
Vicky and I have birthed and raised three children to adulthood. Leah was the youngest, the baby, and in our minds, the last.
Her brother is creative and analytical. Her sister is creative and confident. Leah was creative and, well, I’ll share the rest of her with you through the stories and comments in this chapter.
The day she was born could have been yesterday. Vicky and I were watching Late Night with David Letterman. They threw a pair of pantyhose filled with pudding off a five story building. Just after the pudding hit the pavement, I heard a time-stopping statement spoken by Vicky only twice before, a phrase that put my male “I can fix anything mindset” on high alert: “It’s time.” I performed all of the rush to the hospital tasks and we were off.
On the day of the memorial service, I did something that only the numbness could allow. I recounted the events of Leah’s life and the meaning of her loss to the hundreds in attendance much as I’ve done in these two chapters. When all was said and done, Vicky I returned to our home. For several years we had made a home with just the two of us, but somehow, the house now seemed cold, hollow, and empty.
We live in a culture that treats loss as something that really should not happen. The object of life has become to succeed. Not winning little battles here and there, but winning in spectacular ways. To live life’s every second to its fullest which really means to pack as much as I can into my life and succeed in all of it. The measure of achievement has actually expanded far beyond how much money I can earn to how often I can win, deconstructing our lives to simple competition.
This book about grief is a first-hand account from nationally recognized author and speaker Bill Trask. Among Christian books on grief, this touching personal story ranks among the best books on grief and loss.
Grief Is Not The End is a book on grief and loss that chronicles the journey of a family that traumatically lost a daughter and sister. The descriptions of loss, grief, and restoration are punctuated with the wisdom of those who have grieved. What does a mother, father, brother, and sister experience in the wake of such loss? What was helpful to them? What stood in the way of processing their grief? How did they finally find hope? These and many other questions find answers in one of the best books on dealing with grief, Grief Is Not The End. Join us for the journey. Whether you have felt the sting of grief or you know someone who has, or is currently dealing with grief, what you learn here can straighten your path to good grieving or teach you how to compassionately deal with others who grieve.
Grief really isn’t the end. There is hope.
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