Mental health is a topic very close to my heart and it is always a pleasure reviewing books that deal with the topic. Today I bring you such a book and it is one of the most beautiful I have read in a while.
Finding Blossoms in the Darkness is a wonderful book by Simin Sarikhani, a refugee from revolutionary Iran who fled her home, leaving all that she had to make a new life on the other side of the world. Although no stranger to life’s challenges, she would face none so great as the death of her only child, Zhubin, at the age of 21.
This heartfelt account describes one mother’s journey through the unbearable pain of a child’s death to find what had seemed forever lost: hope, meaning, love and even joy.
Guided by the letters her son wrote to her to be read after his death, and his other insightful writings, Simin was able to find light in the darkness. In this book, she shares not only her own story but also Zhubin’s simple words, with the wish that they may also bring some comfort to other bereaved parents.
This is going to be a short review, not because I didn’t like the book but because I could never do it justice. You really need to read Finding Blossoms in the Darkness yourself to see just how beautiful and well-articulated the book is. The emotions I felt can not be expressed well here. You must experience yourself the feelings of happiness, immense sadness, fear, hope, and courage to truly understand Simin’s powerful story and how she coped with the devastating death of her only child.
What I can tell you here is that you won’t leave Finding Blossoms in the Darkness empty-handed. From this amazing book, you will leave with the strength to get through whatever hardship you are currently experiencing. Personally, I’m so grateful to Simin for have written this book that is sure to bring much-needed awareness around mental health and also to Zhubin, who without his journey and wisdom this book would never have existed.
Apologies that this is not the usual length and style of other reviews. I just truly believe that Finding Blossoms in the Darkness is a book you have to read for yourself to experience its beauty. Please do pick up a copy. I promise you won’t regret it.
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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