Babies are supposed to be born, not die. Except sometimes, they do. When his two-month-old daughter died from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), Seth Clyman's belief in God was shaken to his very core. As he tried to make sense of the inexplicable during the seven days of shivah (the week-long period of mourning in the Jewish religion), he began a journey that changed him forever.
In Touching the World of Angels, the grief-stricken father articulates the pain and darkness of unbearable loss as he questions the meaning of our existence on Earth and his own Judaic faith. More a spiritual guidebook than a religious tome, the book provides a powerful combination of raw insight into universal human emotions and a life-affirming pathway to healing after loss, no matter what the readers' faith or religion.
Using birth and death as metaphors to illustrate his own 'birth' of awareness that there is more to life than appears on the surface, Seth takes the reader on a spiritual voyage that is a lifeline for anyone who has ever lost a loved one. He weaves vignettes throughout of parables, anecdotes from his own past, Judaic teachings, and his own stream-of-consciousness, all to illustrate the trek from birth in this world to birth in the afterlife. When Seth emerges at the end of the seven days of mourning, a new world has been created out of the nothingness of his grief, and he has the profound realization that death is actually the way one looks at life-death is not just an end, but also a beginning.
- Religion + Beliefs, Family + Relationships
- Death + Grief + Bereavement, Judaism / Beliefs + Practices + Rituals
- March 1, 2011
- March 1, 2011
- Seth Clyman