Mourning Has Broken: Love, Loss And Reclaiming Joy by Erin DavisMourning Has Broken: Love, Loss And Reclaiming Joy by Erin Davis

Mourning Has Broken: Love, Loss And Reclaiming Joy

byErin Davis

Hardcover | February 26, 2019

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On the morning of May 11, 2015, Erin Davis, one of Canada’s most beloved radio personalities, suffered a devastating blow when her daughter Lauren, who had marked a joyous Mother’s Day with her husband and young son only hours before, failed to awaken to her baby’s cries.

Thus began Erin’s journey of grieving out loud with her family, friends and listeners, and of demonstrating by example how to pick up and keep going after suffering the worst loss a parent can endure.

For months after Lauren’s heart stopped beating, the reason for which the coroner said might never be known, Erin would awaken from a restless night’s sleep and look at the clock wondering, Is this the time she died? How could a mother sleep through the night when a part of herself had been torn from this life? How did my heart not stop too? she wondered.

Title:Mourning Has Broken: Love, Loss And Reclaiming JoyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 1.25 inPublished:February 26, 2019Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:144345463X

ISBN - 13:9781443454636

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a love story first .... An incredible homage to daughter Lauren...who is clearly so loved and very much missed, every day. It is impossible to imagine the pain endured by Erin and husband Rob as they cry, stumble, fall and slowly rejoin the world following the tragic loss of their beloved daughter. My copy of Mourning Has Broken is filled with tear-stained pages but also with dog-eared chapters as Erin shares raw, unvarnished details of her own doubts and imperfections. I laughed. I cried. I loved every word.
Date published: 2019-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Beautiful Read I've been an avid fan of Erin Davis from her CHFI days. I also love reading her daily journal, so when I heard she was writing a book, I had no doubt it would be on the best seller list as she is an awesome writer. Mourning Has Broken is the most precious book I have ever, and will ever, read and own. I took my time to read each delicate page by page, giving each page the respect and appreciation it deserved. Such a labour of love this book must have been for Erin and her husband, Rob recounting the unimaginable loss of their beautiful daughter, Lauren. While taking us on her own very personal, poignant journey, Erin helps those who have also experienced loss and are grieving, and she does it with such grace, honesty and even humour. A beautiful read. Hard to put it down, yet you don't want it to end. Tip: Have a box of tissues close by!
Date published: 2019-05-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A Personal Memoir Erin Davis provides a vivid account of the grief that consumed her following the sudden and unexplained death of her only child, Lauren. The book is an act of courage and of love. Written in the style of personal memoir it provides an honest look at the anguish that befalls a parent who loses a child and the darkness that follows. The book is deeply personal and renders the past as present. Erin Davis offers what currently works for her grieving and moving forward but doesn't pretend to offer universal plans for overcoming grief. The book is quite repetitive and a good editor would enhance it greatly. It is a book for family and close friends to honour Lauren's untimely death and understand Erin's grieving process as well as the love that exists between her and her daughter. The title of the book proves to be an oxymoron of sorts and perhaps best sums up death's effect on the living. In looking for an antidote to grief perhaps Shakespeare said it best in his sonnet "No longer mourn for me..."
Date published: 2019-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Devastatingly beautiful This book will make you laugh, it will make you cry, it’s one of those stories where even if you don’t know the person you feel their pain, their joy, their loss. Erin made a story about the absolute worst moments in her life something that everyone can grab and relate too. Highly recommend!
Date published: 2019-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love It! Would highly recommend it! Loved the book Mourning Has Broken about Erin and Rob's beautiful daughter Lauren. It was heartwarming, sad, funny and honest. I am planning on reading it again. Thank you Erin and Rob.
Date published: 2019-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I would highly recommend this book. It's well worth the price of admission. Well done, Erin! Where to start? First, let me say what a wonderful tribute Erin’s book is to her and her husband Rob’s only child, Lauren. Second, and certainly not any less important, what a no-holds-barred baring of her soul. She takes the reader on a whirlwind tour of the ups, downs, upside down and downside up of the life that most who know her, or think they know her, have never seen, or even thought could be possible. When the average person (and I’m talking about me) looks at people in general, but more so, people in the limelight, they think that everyone is way more … and have more … and have less problems, etc. than me. Yet, when reading this book, I was amazed at how much we had in common. I think it is human nature to think that everyone else is better … than me, while the reality is that we all go through good times, bad times, sad times, happy times and it’s what we do when the tough times come along that really defines us. We all have bad things happen in our lives and you can either get bitter or get better. Our family chose the latter and it looks like Erin and Rob did as well. Again, looking from the outside in, or vice versa, you think your own family is the only one to have suffered so much loss of young lives. The unnatural order of things – children are supposed to bury their parents, not the other way around. It seems that Erin’s family is not much different from ours, or anyone else's. Besides losing parents and grandparents, we lost our precious daughter at the age of 18 ½. In the years that followed, a 27 year old nephew, a 19 year old cousin and a 36 year old cousin who left a wife and 2 children behind. As Erin describes in her book, often people don’t know what to say and fail to think deeply about what they do end up saying. Erin talks about never saying the “At least …” statements that people let slip without thinking about the consequences. I agree wholeheartedly and never once have I uttered the words, at least, although I’m sure others have. Erin also talks about people saying that another angel was needed. God has all the angels He could ever need – He created them, before the beginning of time. Our family has also never said to ourselves or anyone else that another angel was needed, although I’m sure others have. Erin goes into detailed discussion about the awkwardness when the subject of children comes up. She makes some suggestions about how to deal with that as well. She also tells the reader that they should keep the memory of their lost loved one alive, by talking about them, displaying pictures of them, etc. It not only keeps the memories of our loved ones active, but it honours the lives that they lived. However, she also says that each case of loss is uniquely different and what works for one may not be the best for another. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who has suffered the loss of a child, friend, relative or anyone that they have loved and lost. It’s well worth the price of admission.
Date published: 2019-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loved and lost. It’s worth the price of admission. Well done, Erin! Where to start? First, let me say what a wonderful tribute Erin’s book is to her and her husband Rob’s only child, Lauren. Second, and certainly not any less important, what a no-holds-barred baring of her soul. She takes the reader on a whirlwind tour of the ups, downs, upside down and downside up of the life that most who know her, or think they know her, have never seen, or even thought could be possible. When the average person (and I’m talking about me) looks at people in general, but more so, people in the limelight, they think that everyone is way more … and have more … and have less problems, etc. than me. Yet, when reading this book, I was amazed at how much we had in common. I think it is human nature to think that everyone else is better … than me, while the reality is that we all go through good times, bad times, sad times, happy times and it’s what we do when the tough times come along that really defines us. We all have bad things happen in our lives and you can either get bitter or get better. Our family chose the latter and it looks like Erin and Rob did as well. Again, looking from the outside in, or vice versa, you think your own family is the only one to have suffered so much loss of young lives. The unnatural order of things – children are supposed to bury their parents, not the other way around. It seems that Erin’s family is not much different from ours, or anyone else's. Besides losing parents and grandparents, we lost our precious daughter at the age of 18 ½. In the years that followed, a 27 year old nephew, a 19 year old cousin and a 36 year old cousin who left a wife and 2 children behind. As Erin describes in her book, often people don’t know what to say and fail to think deeply about what they do end up saying. Erin talks about never saying the “At least …” statements that people let slip without thinking about the consequences. I agree wholeheartedly and never once have I uttered the words, at least, although I’m sure others have. Erin also talks about people saying that another angel was needed. God has all the angels He could ever need – He created them, before the beginning of time. Our family has also never said to ourselves or anyone else that another angel was needed, although I’m sure others have. Erin goes into detailed discussion about the awkwardness when the subject of children comes up. She makes some suggestions about how to deal with that as well. She also tells the reader that they should keep the memory of their lost loved one alive, by talking about them, displaying pictures of them, etc. It not only keeps the memories of our loved ones active, but it honours the lives that they lived. However, she also says that each case of loss is uniquely different and what works for one may not be the best for another. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who has suffered the loss of a child, friend, relative or anyone that they have loved and lost. It’s well worth the price of admission.
Date published: 2019-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartwarming Book I bought this book just a few days after it was released and read it in a week....would have been faster but work got in the way. It is honestly one of the best books I have ever read. I have followed Erin Davis for over 25 years and thought perhaps my opinion was a little biased, but my 25 year old daughter bought the book as well, after my suggestion, and she sent me a message today saying "you were right, this is genuinely a good book - I haven't had a book keep me up past my bedtime in a while." I have learned a lot about how to interact with people that are grieving, from this book. I don't think there is a person out there that wouldn't benefit from reading it. Thank you, Erin, for sharing your story and helping us be more understanding of the grieving process.
Date published: 2019-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read I just finished this beautifully written book. Once I started it I couldn’t put it down. It made me smile and it made my heart hurt. Erin Davis the author has such a wonderful way with words. I highly recommend this book. ❤️
Date published: 2019-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read. I am deeply touched by the writings of Erin Davis as she shares her deepest emotions in countless ways to reach the hearts and souls of anyone who has ever experienced the grief of losing a loved one. "Mourning Has Broken, Love, Loss And Reclaiming Joy" gives light, love and inspiration, beyond words, to keep our loved ones living amongst us through treasured spiritual moments and memories.
Date published: 2019-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The most moving book I have ever read. I am deeply touched by the writings of Erin Davis as she shares her deepest emotions in countless ways to reach the hearts and souls of anyone who has ever experienced the grief of a loved one. "Mourning Has Broken, Love, Loss And Reclaiming Joy" gives light, love and inspiration, beyond words, to keep our loved ones living amongst us through treasured spiritual moments and memories.
Date published: 2019-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifully written. I have just finished reading this. I can totally relate to this book through my own experience. Helped me a lot. So well written. Erin you are an amazing woman. Laura is so proud of you. God bless you & Rob. Yes life goes on just in a different way.
Date published: 2019-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartfelt Read Erin has written a very candid, heartfelt book with tears, laughter, care, concern and warmth.... she provides some excellent guidance for helping and responding to others in their time of grief.
Date published: 2019-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book will make your heart swell I have followed Erin Davis for years (on her blog, not in a weird stalkerish way) and she has always been open, honest and real with her readers (and listeners). This book is a look inside the lives of parents dealing with a loss so devastating I can't even begin to imagine it. This is a book that will help anyone dealing with a loss or trying to help someone who has experienced a loss. Its poignant, sad, funny and hopeful all at the same time (kind of like life). Erin writes in a way that you feel like you are sitting with her (and Rob, her husband who is her true partner). There were parts that she was so honest in her feelings that I felt like I was intruding but at the same time helped me heal from my own loss by letting me know I wasn't alone in feeling the way I was feeling. This book does not dwell on sadness, it acknowledges it, discusses it and accepts it but it also shows us that joy can happen in the healing. I recommend this book highly!!
Date published: 2019-03-04

Editorial Reviews

“[Erin] details her very personal journey from grief to hope with the same open-hearted candour that makes her such a beloved broadcaster. For anyone seeking to create life beyond grief, this book will be a treasured companion.”