Book Review: Colors of Goodbye

Colors of Goodbye
A Memoir of holding on, letting go, and reclaiming joy in the wake of loss
By September Vaudrey

"Never another brush stroke, never another piece of clay to be formed. Any fingerprints Katie was to leave upon this world have been left, and no more will be added. The portfolio of her life is complete... And I am left wondering, What beauty can possibly be cultivated by this level of pain?" Colors of Goodbye is a tale of joy and tragedy in tandem; a profoundly personal memoir from a life forever changed by one empty place at the table. September Audrey takes us to the depths of grief and heights of love in a poignant, raw search to discover whether, despiete even the worst of losses, life can be beautiful still. 

Before May 31, 2008, September Vaudrey’s life was beautiful. But on that day, with one phone call from the ER, her whole world—everything she knew and believed—was shaken to the core. Katie, her 19-year-old artist daughter, had been in a car accident and would not survive. How does a family live in the wake of devastating tragedy? When darkness colors every moment, is it possible to find light? Can God still be good, even after goodbye?
With the depth of C. S. Lewis’s A Grief Observed and the poignancy of Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical ThinkingColors of Goodbye offers a moving glimpse into a mother’s heart. Combining literary narrative and raw reflection, September Vaudrey walks through one of life’s worst losses—the death of a child—and slowly becomes open to watching for the unexpected ways God carries her through it. It’s a story of love and tragedy in tandem; a deeply personal memoir from a life forever changed by one empty place. And at its core, Colors of Goodbye calls to the deepest part of our spirits to know that death is not the end . . . and that life can be beautiful still. 

My Thoughts: While this is a 300+ page book I read it in a little over two days. I couldn't put it down. It's heartbreaking yet uplifting and captures both emotion and joy. While they're grieving the loss of their child they also have to manage being a parent to their other children who are also grieving the loss of their sister. The author September Vaudrey opens her heart in this book for anyone it see. While it isn't labeled as a "how to deal with loss/grief" book it is just that, through the story of one mother and her family.

* I received a copy of this book from the publisher but all opinions are my own. 

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