This award-winning page-turner of a memoir is poignant and powerful. In WHEN ALL THAT’S LEFT OF ME IS LOVE, Linda Campanella provides an intimate look inside her family and her heart as she relives— and takes readers on an emotional journey through—the joy-filled year and long goodbye leading to her terminally ill mother’s death in 2009. In the process, Campanella comes to terms with the permanence of her loss and finds comfort in profound gratitude for many unexpected gifts.
At once heart-wrenching and heartwarming, WHEN ALL THAT’S LEFT OF ME IS LOVE is about living fully and purposefully after learning someone very dear to us will be gone too soon. Though born of death, the book itself is full of life. It is a moving love story, a spiritual journey, a poetry lesson, even a case for happy hour. It reminds us all to cherish loving relationships and each new day. Intensely personal, its themes – love, family, faith, courage, grief – are universal.
Campanella’s beautiful story of bonds that do not break and love that never dies will inspire not only those who face or fear death but also those who love and embrace life.
“Calling it her own type of therapy, Campanella’s book is like a comforting touch from a friend — who doesn’t know exactly what to say to you when you are going through grief, but just wants you to know that he or she is there.” – Rebecca Holland, Macon Books, examiner.com
“In a clear and eloquent voice, Linda Campanella shares with us her final journey with her mother who is terminally ill. This book, conceived in love and written as witness and testimony, offers us in the healing professions a rare opportunity to observe and experience the meaning of the phrase ‘a good death.’ Both mother and daughter understand that dying, like being born, is in the nature of life’s journey and is to be shared with those we love.” – Dr. James Block, 2009 recipient of the inaugural American Cancer Society Pathfinder in Palliative Care Award
“This combination of meticulous chronicle and heartfelt emotion is both inspiring and informative.” – Rabbi Stephen Fuchs
“The book serves not only as an example of coming to terms with significant loss, but also as a model for caregivers looking to embrace and focus on living and loving as much as dying and letting go. Clearly the author is a living example of the legacy of gratitude and love she inherited from her mother, and her book is a glowing reflection of that love. An uplifting and inspiring read.” – Marty Tousley, RN, author and grief counselor
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