Song of Cy – Understanding Grief: Book Review

Are you a step-parent, parent, sibling, grandparent or friend of a deceased person? Then this book is for you!

A delicately written and moving piece of work that is electrically charged with Katlyn Stewart’s love and grief for her daughter. Join in the celebration of life through Katlyn’s tale recounting her daughter’s life and learn about the grieving process.

Katlyn discusses the loss, grief, comfort and understanding that one encounters in their journey through grief. She shows how even the smallest of moments in daily living is greatly altered. The author tenderly reveals the loss of identity one experiences and the necessity of finding support and re-evaluating what is important. Very difficult times in the grieving process are heightened during a variety of holidays and Katlyn walks the reader through paths that help to ease the pain.

Startling facts are also discussed. For instance, did you know that 80% of grieving couples divorce after the loss of a child? Or that employers typically allow only three days for an employee to grieve? Have we ever stopped to consider the differences between how children, teens, men and women grieve? Are you feeling at a loss for what to do for a grieving family? All these issues, and more, are within the pages of this book.

I shed huge crocodile tears as I experienced my own loss during the reading of Song of Cy. I know I will draw strength from its content when dealing with the loss of my ailing parents in the near future. The author has developed an excellent book that deserves very high ratings.

ISBN#: 1-5937-4349-1
Author: Katlyn Stewart
Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press

~ Book Reviewer: Lillian Brummet – Co-author of the book Trash Talk, a guide for anyone concerned about his or her impact on the environment . Author of Towards Understanding, a collection of poetry. (http://www.sunshinecable.com/~drumit)

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  • Wayne Loder says:

    While I have not read ?Song of Cy,? based on this book review, there is one point to which I must respond. The reviewer says, referring to the book, ?Did you know that 80% of grieving couples divorce after the loss of a child?? It is unfortunately that author Katlyn Stewart appears to have bought into the often repeated statistic that 60-80% of couples will divorce after the death of a child. Two surveys commissioned by The Compassionate Friends, one in 1999 and one just released in 2006, statistically show that these high divorce rates so often cited within the media and by professionals are just plain false. The 1999 study found a divorce rate of 12% with a margin of error of +/-3.4% and the 2006 survey found a slightly higher rate of 16% with a margin of error of +/- 4.3%. Both surveys were of random bereaved parents within the general public of the United States and were administered by companies that specialize in surveys.

    The 1999 survey was taken by telephone while the 2006 survey was taken by Internet E-Panel. As coordinator for The Compassionate Friends of the 2006 survey, I can say with confidence that these surveys accurately reflect that the divorce rate among bereaved parents is far, far lower than that of the general public. The surveys also examined two other areas: how those working outside the home viewed the support they received from their employer and; awareness of various support organizations by bereaved parents and the general public. To read the survey summaries and methodology, visit http://www.compassionatefriends.org. and click on ?When a Child Dies 1999 Survey Summary? and ?When a Child Dies 2006 Survey Summary.?

  • Sandra Mason says:

    I read Song Of Cy, and found it to be very compelling, as well as extremely helpful in the strange fog of losing a loved one. In my case a sister.
    This book is about the child that Ms. Stewart has lost, gives a beautiful insight in to this beloved child as well as help us to understand the many emotions we feel….from sadness to anger and everything in between. I applaud Ms. Stewart’s book, will save it in my library and will recommend it to others dealing with a tragic loss. Thank you Ms. Brummet for your wonderful review.