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DURHAM, N.C. (RNS) Duke Divinity School Professor Richard Lischer has written a memoir about the death of his son to cancer more than seven years ago. While memoirs about grief are plentiful, Lischer's book is a testament to how people of faith grapple with loss and try to make sense of death.


  1. This is a beautiful book exploring the letting go while living with the terrible truth of what that will mean. I have read many books about parting with a loved one; this is one of the best.

  2. My son was 44 he died of Melanoma it will be a year on 23rd oct. it still feels like yesterday we miss him so much its heartbreaking to think of what he went through he had it in his spine, brain ,behind his eyes in all his organs he was in tremendous pain and lived 3 months when he was given a year to live the feeling of guilt that you should have done more and that you should have told him just how much you loved him i did but i should have told him 10 times a day oh how i wish i could now ,

    • Eyes and ears are human qualities to which
      your son is no longer bound.
      He is as transient as the divine energy that brought him into this world,
      but he is not gone.
      Regret nothing,
      he is closer now than he has ever been.
      There is no such thing as “empty” space.
      Have a beautiful day madam <3

  1. [...] The journey, Lischer writes, took him from “the bitter gall” of feeling his son’s death was a “robbery” to a “settled sorrow” that proclaims: “He was my son, and I give thanks for him.” …. Read this in full at… [...]

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