I came across a very good book the other day. Healing Hearts caught my eye and captured my heart. I had recently read an article about Dr. Nikaidoh and his book in a local neighborhood magazine and it moved me in a way only a grieving mother would know. Some readers know, most do not – but I lost my adult son almost 3 years ago, and yes, I’m still grieving. No one can place time on how long anyone should grieve…no one or no one should.
When I saw this book available to review through Business 2 Blogger, in which I participate in – I wanted to read it and review it. I don’t usually do book reviews for adults (plenty for children) because I just don’t read that much, but if I see a book that I can relate to, I’m going to read it.
Healing Hearts – A leading pediatric heart
surgeon learns about the journey from grief to life from eight inspiring
mothers of his lost patients.
After Dr. Hisashi Nikaidoh lost his adult son in a tragic accident he wanted answers on how to cope with his loss. He sought out his own patient’s mothers for the answers. These women tell their stories of loss, pain, anger, and their coping mechanism of losing a child.
I read this book on the airplane to Seattle for our yearly vacation. I wondered if the man sitting to the right of me noticed that I was crying. Not sure my husband could tell…I think he was asleep. The stories of these courageous women are sad, but their endings are happy. A few went to work in the same hospital where their child had actually died a year or so before. These stories will touch your heart.
Although most, if not all, lost their children when the child was very very young, I did not. My son was 30 years old when he passed. It’s all the same to me..losing a child is the most difficult thing a parent will go through – no matter at what age, no matter how they died. It just wasn’t in the plans.
I thank “Healing Hearts” and Dr. Hisashi Nikaidoh for giving me a little more healing about my own loss. This book is for anyone who likes to read inspiring and remarkable true stories about mothers who have lost a child and is living way beyond a person’s imagination.
About the Author – Hisashi Nikaidoh, MD, Pediatric heart surgeon, makes a living performing life-saving surgeries on hearts of the size of walnuts. In more than four decades he’s operated on thousands of them, and while many times the surgeries are successful, often patients pass away. Dr. Nikaidoh is now the Medical Director of Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis in Tulsa, OK and is a long-time teacher of the Gospel and served on multiple missions, domestic and abroad.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book mentioned above from the publisher for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”