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Song for Sarah
The bestselling account of life after heartbreaking loss
Song for Sarah
A Mother's Journey Through Grief and Beyond
D’Arcy’s collection of letters written before and after the death of her daughter trace her search for strength and hope through times of anguish. We walk with the young mother through the horror of the accident and like her, find our way illuminated by faith.
A mother's love for her unborn daughter pours from the early entries recorded in D'Arcy's journal. Written in the form of letters to the coming baby, the words convey all the thrill and uncertainty of pregnancy. Highlights of family fun—gardens and laughter and messes in the kitchen—follow as the baby is born and grows into a toddler. Then, after a car accident kills both her daughter and husband, D'Arcy's diary entries become full of pain and confusion. Her path through this nightmare and her resulting crisis of faith unfolds in the simple, heartfelt progression of messages to her daughter.
D'Arcy's story, told with profound generosity and vulnerability, offers healing to those enduring the loss of a loved one. Written in a tender, personal tone and drawn from direct experience, Song for Sarah will console mourners and is a valuable resource for counselors.
Reviews and endorsements
“A beautiful, well-written book.”
—Church and Synagogue Libraries
“A deeply moving book.”
“Paula D’Arcy has given totally of herself in this writing of this journal . . . began with such love and completed with such courage.”
—Joan Walsh Anglund, author of Prayer Is a Gentle Way of Being with God
“Thank you, Paula, for sharing with us your human heart and unmovable God.”
—Joni Eareckson Tada, coauthor of When God Weeps
“An unforgettable book. A moving simplicity, a natural eloquence mark these real letters of a young mother to her child—her child in her womb, her child in her arms, and her child dead. She is never sentimental but touchingly sincere in her joy and in her sadness—and both under God.”
—Sheldon Vanauken, author of A Severe Mercy
“This book will help anyone who experiences grief, so it will be a blessing to many.”
—Norman Vincent Peale