Unthinkable. Unbelievable. Heartbreaking.
Whatever words we choose, they all fall far short of the reality.The loss of a child is a terrible thing.
How do you survive this? Can you?
Shattered: Surviving the Loss of a Child was written to help.
Roe utilizes the stories and journeys of many bereaved parents to walk the reader from shock to hope. Gary is no stranger to the reality of grief and utilizes his unique empathy and understanding gained though a lifetime of working with the bereaved to create a truly healing book.Glen Lord
Surviving the Loss of A Child
In Shattered, Gary uses his three decades of experience interacting with grieving parents to give us this heartfelt, easy-to-read, and intensely practical book. He walks the reader through the powerful impact a child’s death can have – emotionally, mentally, physically, relationally, and spiritually:
- Intense, unpredictable emotions can hijack us at a moment’s notice.
- Our minds spin. We forget things. It feels like we’re going crazy.
- Our bodies get hit. Our health can be impacted.
- Our souls feel crushed, shaking our faith and what we think we believe.
- Our relationships change. A deep loneliness of the heart can set in.
- Our plans and dreams are shattered. We’re now in uncharted territory.
Yes, the loss of a child affects everything.
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A Guidebook for Grieving
In Shattered, the reader will discover how to…
- Manage the massive changes that are occurring in your life
- Take care of yourself during this process
- Honor your child with your grief
- Love those around you, even with a broken heart
- Live life as well as possible while in the midst of great pain
- Make your child’s life count in deep and powerful ways
Shattered is not a magic pill. The death of a child cannot be fixed. But comfort, compassion, guidance, and hope can be found in these pages.
We will never be the same, but we can survive. And to some degree, we can heal. Shattered can help.
Open this book, and let the healing continue.
Few people truly comprehend the unique and challenging grief experiences of bereaved parents. Yet Gary Roe not only understands but also offers hope, healing, and compassion from a Christian perspective. As a bereaved parent and also as a professional who has worked with bereaved parents, I would highly recommend Shattered.Peggy Telg
Shattered is a sensitive, compassionate, and thorough treatment of an extremely emotional and difficult subject. Bereaved parents and grandparents everywhere will benefit from this heartfelt book and find some healing and hope in its pages.Paul Casale
Q&A with Gary
Q: Why did you write Shattered?
I wrote Shattered by request. For years, grieving parents have been asking me to produce a resource for them – something that would connect with their wounded hearts, validate their pain, and give them practical ways to process and survive this immense loss. Shattered is the result. My prayer is that this book will bring hurting parents everywhere comfort, encouragement, and hope.
Q: Who is Shattered written for?
Shattered was written for parents who have lost a child (no matter what age the child happened to be). It would also be extremely helpful for family and friends who want to understand and better support grieving parents.
Q: Can this book be used in groups?
Yes. I’ve included a section in the back of Shattered with suggestions and guidelines on how to use the book effectively in a group. We learn and heal so much more when we share with others who also know grief.
Q: Do you ever speak on this subject?
Yes. I share with groups of grieving parents in a variety of venues. If I can assist or encourage your group, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to Shattered, Gary Roe is the author of the award-winning bestsellers Please Be Patient, I’m Grieving, Heartbroken: Healing from the Loss of a Spouse and Surviving the Holidays Without You. He is also the co-author (with New York Times Bestseller Cecil Murphey) of Not Quite Healed and Saying Goodbye. Gary has been featured on Focus on the Family and CBN, and has more than 400 grief-related articles in print. He is a popular speaker at a wide variety of venues. He currently works as a chaplain and grief specialist with Hospice Brazos Valley in central Texas. Gary loves being a husband and father. He has seven adopted children, including three Colombian daughters. He enjoys swimming, hockey, corny jokes, and cool Hawaiian shirts. Gary and his wife Jen and family live in Texas.
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There isn’t a book that can be written to explain exactly how we feel, but Shattered is no doubt the closest I’ve seen. This book doesn’t only apply to those who’ve lost a child, but can also help those who are dealing with a friend or family member who has lost a child. Thanks to Gary Roe for helping us speak and giving our shattered lives a voice.Michelle Jeter
Your grief will be unique because your child was unique. Nevertheless, you will find something helpful in Shattered.Gary offers tons of practical advice about moving through this challenging time.
In Shattered, Gary Roe uniquely and delicately addresses the devastating subject of losing a child. This book will be an excellent resource, not only for bereaved parents, but also for those who support them.
There’s nothing more devastating and painful in life than the loss of a child. The challenge of living life after such an event is staggering. Shattered is a source of compassionate insight into a truly difficult topic, the handiwork of Gary Roe’s efforts to bring hope and healing.
Dr. Craig Borchardt