I am so deeply gratified when readers tell me they can’t put the book down, or that they know several people they want to give it to. Here are just a few of the unsolicited comments that have come from actual readers. If you have a testimonial to share about the book, please send it to me via e-mail at Cheryl@ABeautifulDeath.net.
[From a reader who "Liked" my author page--this is so very humbling.] Cheryl, I read your wonderful book, A Beautiful Death, before, during and after my late husband’s dying process. I read each part as I was experiencing the phase about which you wrote…when I was ready to move on into that stage. I felt as though someone was holding my hand every step of the way and I am forever gratedful that this book found its way into my hands. I have lost two wonderful husbands to cancer, one in 2004 and now again in 2011, and am fighting a metastatic breast cancer diagnosis myself, so know that what you write about is authentic and close to the heart. Bless you and the work that you do.
On this beautiful day I finished your book. I could have read it straight through, as it was that good. But, I wanted to have it go on longer and so I read a bit at a time. What a profound, beautifully written and amazing book. Your writing is so magnificent and heart-felt. I’m inspired by your suffering, growth, transformation and deep spirituality. I’m in such admiration of your ability to write, with such remarkable clarity, your deep love for one another, the tenderness and learning between you, your care-taking, your spiritual path, your overwhelming grief, your fight for life and so much more….I hope this book at least makes its way to all who are either in the death process or losing a loved one. What great work you are doing. (M.N.M.)
Good afternoon, Cheryl. I am presently reading your book A Beautiful Death. I lost my husband a year ago to brain cancer and I was his caregiver. Your book is bringing back so many memories and thoughts and experiences. The tears roll down my face but I am finding it quite therapeutic. My husband’s birthday was Nov 12th too and he had many similar qualities. I am trying to find peace with my future. Thanks for a great book. (H.H.)
Yesterday I was talking to a patient and his partner. I could feel the anguish of a future separation reverberating in their souls as they contemplated the end of one of them. It would be sooner rather than later. And the question of hospice hung in the air. They were conflicted because of the great deep love and devotion they shared for the other. The leaving behind is unbearable. Not the death. I said to them both “death can be and is a beautiful thing.” The words hung in the air.
Today, I called the lady up to tell her I would leave a copy of your book at the nurse’s station for her with the secretary. She said “Dr ______, when you said those words, I had thought of the book. I was meaning to buy it and read it. I heard about the book from a friend. Now that you tell me you are leaving me a copy, I know it was meant to be.”
I left the book with the secretary at the desk. The secretary took one look at it and said that she needed this book. It was the perfect gift for her aunt who is facing a terminal struggle with pancreatic cancer. And so dear Cheryl, know that you are continuing a unique and special mission, your mission, with your Beloved on the other side. And many lives will be changed because you both walked through his beautiful death which is also His beautiful death. (M.M.)
I finished your book yesterday and found it very moving. It truly is a gift that you shared the time you had with Stephen in the physical realm– as well as the ongoing spiritual connection that I am sure you have, which is timeless.
Reading the book also helped me to think ahead and have a good sense of what I may be facing as my husband and I experience this journey together. We have hope for a complete remission, but also understand the reality of the situation and the possibility that it may simply be his time–sooner than later.
I also enjoyed getting to know you and Stephen better through this book. I found it kind of interesting that Stephen’s personality seems so similar to my husband’s in so many ways. And even though you are probably more extroverted than I am, I found so many similarities in our expressions, appreciation for beauty and creativity, and the need for verbal and written expression, etc.
Thank you for writing the book. I will certainly recommend it to others. (N.H.)
Today I met another person on the ward who came to visit Mr. F, who said that he knows about your book also. The lady friend who I gave the book to immediately opened it and started reading it in the hallway. She couldn’t put it down. She said she would love to meet you if you came out here to give a talk. She said she “felt cradled in the palm of your hand” as she read the first few pages. Your book will be a great success because it touches peoples wounds and allows them to begin the healing journey. (Dr. M.)