Wednesday, 2 March 2022

Notes on Grief

I stumbled upon this book recently in Goodreads. The title was disheartening. I mean who wants to read notes on grief? We all look forward to happy notes, don't we? But then it is written by a renowned author. And has only 80 pages!! I could read 80 pages, I told myself. However, when i read the blurb to realise it is autobiographical, talking about how the author dealt with the sudden death of her father in the middle of pandemic, it tugged at my heart. I wanted to read it
They say love is an universal emotional; that everyone understands it. Trust me when i say grief is more universal than that. Especially the grief caused by the death of someone we love.   Specifically death of a parent. Until that happens, we take our parents for granted. We believe that they are going to be around forever. We fail to notice the signs of aging. The gradual slowdown. This book speaks about that. It connects with us

There are lot of reflections. Memories. Although there are only 80 pages, the writing was so powerful that i felt like i know her father now who is encouraging, humorous and full of life.  It spoke to me in a way i understood - in the language of father-daughter bond

If you think this book will make you sad, it won't. It just lets you pass and reflect. Losing a loved one is one thing and losing a loved one when there are pandemic restrictions is another thing altogether. The closed borders, social distancing and the risk of getting or transmitting the virus only makes mourning more stressful

I don't want to rate this book because it is wrong. We can't rate a heartfelt memoir. But i do highly recommend this one to all.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the recommendation. Sounds like the book and movie Love Story. Book was written by Erich Segal. Movie was starring Ali MacGraw and Ryan O'Neal. The very first opening line of the book/movie says the whole thing.

    "What can you say about a twenty-five-year-old girl who died? That she was beautiful. And Brilliant. That she loved Mozart and Bach. And the Beatles. And me."

    I am sure you must have read this book already.