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  • 04/2021
  • 9781642280623 B093HMG6BV
  • 164 pages
  • $9.99
Paperback Book Details
  • 04/2021
  • 9781642280630 1642280631
  • 164 pages
  • $14.95
Judith Jones Togher
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I Am Here: Postcards from My Daughter in Spirit
I Am Here is about the endurance of love and communication even after death. It is a story of the loss of my adult daughter, the overwhelming grief, and finally healing through small messages - or what I call postcards - from her on the other side. It tells how you can find these postcards from your loved one too. You can find joy and healing from loss if you are open to your postcards from the afterlife.
Reviews
In her debut memoir, Togher presents wrenching and honest meditations on how to live after the passing of someone you love. When Togher’s daughter Suzanne was 8 years old and reeling from the death of a close family friend, Suzanne said to her mother: “...if I ever die, I will never leave you...We will always be together—we will make a pact.” Thirty-one years later, Suzanne passed away after a series of health complications. Togher’s memoir details her conviction that Suzanne kept their pact, and she offers what she sees as Suzanne’s communications from the spirit world—the “physical phenomena, sights, odors, movement of objects, and the playful use of lights”—as case studies for readers seeking ways to cope with loss. She encourages readers to be “open to the possibilities of the universe” and to interpret, say, a penny on the sidewalk as a message of support.

To some, death is a taboo subject, but Togher writes of her experience with courage and deep emotional intelligence. Her memoir reads as a therapeutic expression of her grief, a practical guide for readers seeking comfort after loss, and a celebration of Suzanne’s life. Togher gives concrete advice about her own grieving process, but also affirms that people grieve differently. While she feels spiritually connected to Suzanne still, and gives ample examples of how she has maintained contact with her in Spirit, she recognizes that “not everyone will wish to, or try to, see or hear messages from the other side of the veil” and acknowledges that that “is perfectly okay.”

Togher emphasizes the ways that someone can deepen their relationship to a loved one who has passed through automatic writing exchanges, mediums, and the messages that she calls “postcards” that suggest a presence and affirm that death does not mean someone is truly gone. Togher exemplifies how “the grief of your loss really can be made manageable and perhaps even turn to joy.”

Takeaway: Readers facing loss will find comfort and beauty in Togher’s enlightening approach to grief.

Great for fans of: Gail Caldwell’s Let’s Take the Long Way Home, Laura Lynn Jackson’s Signs: The Secret Language of the Universe.

Production grades
Cover: A
Design and typography: A-
Illustrations: N/A
Editing: A-
Marketing copy: A

Formats
Open Ebook Ebook Details
  • 04/2021
  • 9781642280623 B093HMG6BV
  • 164 pages
  • $9.99
Paperback Book Details
  • 04/2021
  • 9781642280630 1642280631
  • 164 pages
  • $14.95

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