I just finished reading “Sunset: On the Passing of Those We Love” by S. Michael Wilcox.
Quick Take: Not the doctrinal commentary on death I had hoped for, but I can imagine this would be a great book for anyone struggling with the loss of someone very close to them.
After an on-and-off battle with cancer, my wife's mother recently passed away. I was asked to speak at the funeral service. In preparations for this I decided to read “Sunset: On the Passing of Those We Love” by S. Michael Wilcox.
I had hoped for a doctrinal commentary on how followers of Jesus Christ can deal with the loss of a loved one. While there was occasional commentary and testimony related to how the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints view death, the majority of the book is biographical in nature. Wilcox discusses in detail the struggles he has encountered after the sudden loss of his wife.
Because “Sunset” was not the resource I had hoped for in preparing my remarks, and because I struggled to fully empathize with someone who has lost a spouse, this book did not really resonate with me. But I can imagine it would be highly beneficial for anyone struggling with the grief that comes from losing someone very close to them. I would definitely recommend this to anyone in that situation.
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