Only Spring: On Mourning the Death of My Son

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9781569243510: Only Spring: On Mourning the Death of My Son

The loss of a child is every parent's most unspeakable fear. Gordon Livingston survived that tragedy not once but twice in a 13-month period, losing one son to suicide and another to leukemia. Only Spring, based on the journal he began keeping when the family received six-year-old Lucas's diagnosis, traces the excruciating ordeal of witnessing his child's courageous battle and the agonizing cycle of faith lost and hope regained. As a memorial, Only Spring will introduce you to a remarkable child whose legacy of hope and love can enrich each of us. As a portrait of survival, it will infuse us with the strength and faith to confront the most profound challenges in our lives.

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GORDON LIVINGSTON, M.D., a graduate of West Point and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, has been a physician since 1967. He is a psychiatrist and writer who contributes frequently to the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Baltimore Sun, and Reader's Digest. Awarded the Bronze Star for valor in Vietnam, he is also the author of Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart. He lives and works in Columbia, Maryland.


A poignant account of an anguishing life-changing experience -- Publishers Weekly

An enduring monument to his beloved son--and a permanent addition to the literature of mourning. -- San Francisco Examiner

Anyone who has mourned the death of a beloved child will take comfort from Gordon Livingston's unsparing but ultimately heartening narrative of loss, grief, and healing -- Nancy Mairs, author of Ordinary Time

Beautifully written, Only Spring is a deeply moving and inspiring testimonial. -- Jerome Frank, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins University

Day by day, Only Spring takes us along the arduous path that comes with the loss of a child. There is no way around this dreadful, aching grief, but as Gordon Livingston demonstrates, what we learn by going through it is the deepest, purest form of love -- Elizabeth Mehren, author of Born Too Soon and After the Darkest Hour

Don't wait for a tragedy to teach you about the preciousness of life and love. Let Lucas's life and Only Spring be your teachers. -- Bernie Siegel, M.D., author of Love, Medicine, and Miracles

Like explorers before him, Livingston charts his terrible journey through grief, properly humbled by its unrelenting terrain. He rages, he questions, he mourns--all with brave honesty. -- Anne McCracken and Mary Semel, editors of A Broken Heart Still Beats: After Your Child Dies

This book has the power of a sledgehammer and the tenderness of the saddest love story. Be prepared to cry your heart out and learn about coping, about strength, and about hope -- Ben Bradlee, former executive editor, Washington Post

This extraordinary book will truly haunt the reader with the places that the author goes in his mind and soul in response to the harshness of his fate. -- Frank Conroy, director of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and author of Body and Soul

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