THE AUTHOR DIANNE PORTER TALKS ABOUT THIS BOOK
During the period covering the death of my parents, Geoffrey and Helen Byrne, I found keeping a journal immensely helpful. In my journal I recorded detailed information about the issues I dealt with and the emotions I faced when my father died suddenly and later my mother died more slowly of cancer.
My emotional reactions to the events that occurred were intense and very stressful for me at this time, I noticed details I needed to recall kept falling out of my memory. To overcome this problem I often sent copies of the reflections I wrote in my journal to people involved in my mother’s care.
This book is a collection of those that have a more universal message about what it is like to face the emotions generated by the death of people we love dearly.
The silent character in this book is my husband who became my inadvertent muse. I wrote many of these reflections to share with him what was happening so he could understand what I was going through. At the time the emotions I felt were so intense I couldn’t speak.
On several occasions my husband said to me “This stuff you are writing is just brilliant – it’s so good you should write a book!” followed by his rider “… and I should know because I am a librarian and I catalogue books all day for a living!”
If you love what I have written thank my husband Michael Porter, he has encouraged me to share my heart with you all.
This book is a collection of the relevant journal entries I made during the period covering my parent’s death and the disposal of their estate, it reflects my inmost thoughts and feelings. Dianne Porter May 2013