This book took a number of years to write. I tried several times to complete it, but early on, my emotions prevailed and I simply set aside any notes I had managed to pen, with the thought that someday I would be able to write with a clear mind; I would be able to collect my thoughts and finish what I had set out to accomplish. I subscribe to the idea that “time heals all wounds.” At last, I have completed my story.
My wish for you is that you will benefit from this real-life story of how a father battled back from the devastation of losing a son, to finding not only peace, but a new view of life.
My hope is that you may receive insight and gain a sense of personal healing and happiness similar to that which I received, and for which I am forever grateful.
H. R. Maly & Cover design or artwork by Charles Stratman
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About the Book
A Blade of Grass: A Journey Transcending Grief and Loss is the story of a father’s journey with his fifteen-year-old son, Daniel, who dies of cancer. It captures the agony, courage, and love a family experiences during a three-year battle trying to save him. It is rich with vivid flashbacks detailing how a father, devastated by the loss of a son, struggles through untenable life situations and finally re-invents himself as a means of personal survival. Confronting alcoholism, deep anger, and resentment toward his church and his God, he emerges with a profound clarity of purpose in life, supported by a deepened spirituality based on love and forgiveness. The author shares insights gained through meditation and the use of powerful affirmations, which provide the backdrop of how he moved beyond the morass of confusion and doubt to a life of serenity and peace.
About the Author
Hank’s professional career spans over forty years as a teacher, university administrator, and consultant. He is currently the president of Maly Executive Search, which provides professional staffing services to social service agencies, foundations, and organizations in higher education and healthcare. Hank and his wife, Maggie, live in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, and have five children.