May 13, 2006 Gordon dies.

May 14, 2006 Rebuilding begins.

The Losing of Gordon is the second book that Joni Aldrich has written about survival. The Saving of Gordon was written to help readers survive the struggles of cancer. Now she’s written The Losing of Gordon to help readers survive the struggles of grief.

The Losing of Gordon is written around a series of letters that Joni wrote to her husband, Gordon, during her grief “process.” Some are heartbreaking. Some are almost humorous lessons in perseverance. All are inspirational.

In this book, Joni teaches that although everyone grieves differently, the only way forward is to take one small step at a time. Stretch one hand out of the darkness. Remember that one heart still beats and must survive. Within each of us is the beacon that lights the way through the storm called “Grief.”

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Excerpt from The Broken Shell, by Joni James Aldrich

Not unlike humans in tough times,
when grieving breaks their stride.
Their broken shell can be repaired
with loving care and restored pride.

A purpose found and cause renewed
can be our human lifeline, too.
But not unlike the broken shell
we’ll drift until we make it through.

  “The beach was swept away by the twin forces of violent wind and waves. Days later, piles of broken shells were deposited onto the shore. Nature had begun the rebuilding process. This is much the same as the process we undergo when rebuilding our lives after suffering the catastrophic loss of someone we love…”

The Saving of Gordon
The Saving of Gordon: Lifelines to W-I-N Against Cancer—The story of Gordon Aldrich’s battle with cancer, the book offers straight-forward, step-by-step advice that will give readers the tools they need to have a fighting chance against cancer.
The Cancer Patient WIN Book
  The Cancer Patient W-I-N Book: Our Cancer Fight Journal—A companion to The Saving of Gordon this useful workbook offers a place for you to document information about your treatment, write notes at visits, organize your thoughts and feelings, and much more.  
Hope I hold it true, whate'er befall; I feel it when I sorrow most;
'Tis better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all.
~Alfred, Lord Tennyson