A Far Cry …From Home

 

Embarking on the Journey of “A Far Cry…From Home may:

  • help you understand why some friends can’t handle the loss of your child…
  • prompt you to never miss an opportunity to tell someone how proud you are of them and that you love them…
  • reinforce the importance of a support system to heal…
  • open your heart to signs from your loved one…
  • be your guide to understanding a grieving person’s heartbreak…
  • nurture journaling to promote healing…
  • be a testimonial to the intense pain of a broken heart…
  • usher you down the path of your “new normal” life…

 


 

Fate, love and a writing competition collided in November 2011 to bring to life A Far Cry…From Home.

“To life”…together, those are two interesting words, for without the loss of life, this story would not be told. The events of a sunny afternoon in September 2003 set off a chain of events that caused my family to embark on a journey of unrelenting heartbreak, discovery, and eventual healing.

HEARTBREAK CAME CHARGING IN ON A BLACK STALLION, DETERMINED TO CRUSH US UNDER THE WEIGHT OF THE UNEXPECTED DEATH OF OUR SON, TYLER.

Discovery visited daily, dressed in the damp, heavy cloak of disbelief. We learned new details about the wonders of our child. We experienced the tremendous outpouring of support from family, friends, and strangers. We came to understand that death shakes our world, and drops us piece by piece into the black abyss of loss until we touch upon the point of no return. It is at this lowest place when healing begins to occur. Minute by minute, day by day, month by month, the mind begins to wrap itself around the cold, hard fact that life has been drastically altered…forever.

During November 2011’s National Novel Writing Month, affectionately known as NaNoWriMo, I was determined to repair my damaged heart by capturing, on paper, the story of Tyler’s death in a car accident. I had the bright idea that this would be a cathartic and healing process. In some ways, it was; in other ways, all I managed to do was dredge up feelings I thought had been safely buried over the years. Near the end of the month-long competition, I realized that the story told from my point of view may not be the best way to portray the journey. It was then that I decided to modify the story and tell it from Tyler’s point of view…through the eyes of an angel.

The decision to have Tyler narrate our story was a simple one: he is the only person with true first-hand knowledge of every shockwave, teardrop, revelation and re-birth that rocked our world.

This decision also presented a few issues. A Far Cry…From Home is a true story utilizing a few literary liberties. For example, when Tyler entered heaven, his description of the experience is one that I believe he would have told. Since I cannot specifically speak or write to how Tyler’s Dad felt, how Tyler’s brother suffered, or how Tyler’s death affected his friends, I was left with a story that was written exclusively between a mother and her son. Make no mistake, Tyler loved and adored his Dad and his brother. Tyler cherished his friends. But this book belongs to Tyler and me. He watched as I heard the news, withstood the challenges of the funeral and adjusted to the “new normal” life that was forced upon me.

With this knowledge, my hope is that you will become enveloped in our world for a short time. Upon finishing the book, perhaps you will have caught a glimpse of the ray of hope glimmering through the devastation. With family, friends, love and kindness, healing gradually begins to mend the countless pieces of this mother’s broken heart.

 


 

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