“When Will it Stop Hurting?”: One Man’s Journey Through Grief, by Glenn Cameron

Eight stars

First and foremost, a large thank you to Glenn Cameron for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review.

Glenn Cameron recently reached out to me, asking if I would read and review his heartfelt book about a personal journey through grief. Having made my own trek numerous times, including a long stroll as a young adult close to two decades ago, I was ready to tackle this book to see what parallels and divergences I could find between our stories. Cameron, who lost his wife of closer to forty years to cancer, tells a story of trying to come to terms with that death. Crystle was his everything and he was not sure how he would be able to function after losing her. Cameron tackles grief head-on, discussing how simple motivation to shower and eat could sometimes be a challenge, something to which I can relate. He also talks about the ongoing struggle to find himself and solace, be it through literature—epic fail—a reconnection to God, or even through the spirit world. Glenn Cameron’s journey through grief was one he compares to a forest, where each step leads the individual in a direction that is uncertain. While it is sometimes an event that must be done alone, being isolated is the worst part of the experience. No two grief experiences are the same, as Cameron mentions in his introduction, but to understand grief is to be able to properly help someone. Vapid cards and mind numbing self-help manuals are of little help to the grieving individual, who only seeks support and a way out. Cameron found his way, though to answer his question from the title, the pain will always remain. A strong piece of writing that will be beneficial to many, though likely only understood on all levels by the reader who has faced grief and significant loss.

I do not shy away from talking about my father’s death when I was twenty-one, but I am also not one to bring it up in general conversation. I know the pain and sorrow that Glenn Cameron mentions in this short work, which is why I knew he was on the right path as I read it. Cameron seeks not to they’ll the reader how to work through grief, but offers his own views and situations that helped him. The reader can collect these insights as useful, or decline anything to do with them. Cameron’s honest writing reminds me of the pieces my father wrote in his book, the grief and coming to terms with being a cancer patient, as well as the outlook of surviving and never giving up. Bare honesty goes a long way and Cameron cannot be faulted for expressing his own opinions. He is not preachy, but rather helpful as he shows just how down to earth he can be. A quick read with ten insightful chapters, Glenn Cameron will touch the soul of the reader who comes from a position of understand of the requisite pain and foggy mindedness that grief saddles upon many. Well worth a read and thoughtful contemplation.

Kudos, Mr. Cameron, for a piece that had me thinking and feeling relief at the same time. Your raw honesty does more than any book seeking to provide answers could ever do.

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