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When the Bough Broke

Photo Courtesy of Elise Normile

What do you do when your world falls apart? This was the question Mom Congress delegate Elise Normile had to ask herself this year after her 2-year-old boy Charlie was killed in a drowning accident. She chose the road less traveled. She chose to stay strong and bring hope to others, to use his death as an opportunity to reach out.

We’ve followed the story of Elise’s family on Facebook and on this blog and their efforts to rise from the ashes of their grief stronger and more empathetic. I don’t think a single person who reads her poignant thoughts escapes untouched.

Now she’s written her thoughts in a 183-page book And When The Bough Broke so that their story can continue to lift and comfort others suffering grief and loss.

Elise says, “If you have lost someone you love, I offer you company. If you love someone who has lost, I offer you advice. If you think dying brings death, I bring you hope. Dying doesn't end life. Dying ends in life... a life eternal. This is my tale of holding hope, finding faith, and chasing Charlie.”

Purchasing this book will help the family through what has turned out to be a difficult financial time and reading it will open you up to a new understanding of this family’s journey, a universal experience of loss that will likely resonate with you for a long time.

Kathryn Thompson is a mom to two school-aged kids, a toddler and a deceased betta fish. She can also be found at The Parenting Post, and occasionally the gym.