Synopsis – Goodreads
Writing from the unique point of view of a suicide survivor who is also a psychologist, Sarah Neustadter presents a selection of the emails she sent to John, her deceased beloved, over a three-year period following his death. Documenting the raw emotions she experienced during this time period—grief, despair, abandonment, confusion, and the seductive feeling of wanting to die—she seeks to answer the hard existential and psychological questions: Why is this happening? What does this mean about mortality? How do I go on with the rest of my life without my beloved? How do I heal my broken heart? Will I ever love again?
Love You Like the Sky is a companion guide and roadmap for supporting younger women and men through intense and complicated grief as an access point toward deeper transformation—shifting awareness from despair to beauty.
Special thanks to Book Sparks and Dr. Sarah Neustadter PhD for an Advanced Reader’s Copy. Receiving this ARC did not affect my rating or my review.
I have so many notes, I almost feel like I wrote a term paper for this book. But first things first, Trigger Warnings.
TW: Suicide, Grief, Mourning, Death
This book is for a specific audience. One that addresses the pain and grief of a loved one who committed suicide. Whether you have experienced this particular type of grief or grief from the loss of a loved one in general, I found this book to be extremely helpful.
Dr. Sarah Neustadter PhD wove together a self-help book where she bares her entire 10+ years journey, after losing her beloved to suicide. She takes the reader on a journey of pain, anguish, confusion, hurt, anger and finally hope or in her own words beauty.
I myself, have both loss someone to suicide and someone whose very close and important to me within the last ten years. Love You Like the Sky felt more like a companion than a self-help book. I identified with the author in so many ways that I felt like she was penning my own story. I also appreciated her writing style and format. Neustadter splits the book into three sections. And shows us her pain and love story through the email messages she sends to her beloved’s account after he’s passed. At the end of each section she offers a road map to better understand where she was during this period of time and how she got through it. She also offers advice to those who might also be at similar points of their own grieving process, who may feel alone or lost. And at the end of the book, Neustadter offers what she calls, transformational practices. Or ways to channel some of the emotions and to find the beauty beyond life after death.
I have not yet seen the light at the end of my own tunnel. But Love You Like the Sky has given me a sense of hope for the future.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who’s currently mourning or grieving the loss of a loved one. Although the author is mostly speaking to those who are on the other side of suicide, I do believe this book will be help all grieving journeys.
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