Braving Sorrow Together
by Ashleigh Slater
It’s not that my life had been absent of bereavement before 2010. I’d suffered my share of loss in my twenties (you’ll hear some of those stories throughout my book) and even prior to adulthood. Growing up, there were out-of-state moves every three to five years, a mom who almost died from a placental abruption when I was twelve, a sister born two months premature, and the 1993 “Storm of the Century” that flooded our home with nine-foot waves as we watched from a second-story balcony. But as hard as these childhood challenges were, as well as the ones that were scattered throughout my twenties, there was something about an intense, prolonged season of grief as a thirty-something adult and a mom myself, that changed me in ways I didn’t anticipate or expect.
This book is birthed from the changes that took place in me during those weeping years. Within these pages, you’ll find a collection of stories and reflections on loss and how it’s okay—good even—to allow ourselves and others time to gradually and fully grieve.
Yet, I hope that’s not all you find.
I pray that as you read, you’ll also be gently and lovingly reminded that the Author of my story, and yours, is present amid our loss and grief.
Ashleigh Slater is the author of the book Team Us: The Unifying Power of Grace, Commitment, and Cooperation in Marriage and Braving Sorrow: The Transformative Power of Faith and Community When Life is Hard. With over twenty years of writing experience and a master’s degree in communication, she loves to combine the power of a good story with practical application to encourage and inspire readers. She and her husband Ted married in 2002 and have four daughters.