Monday, December 26, 2011

Book Review: The Legacy Letters: Messages of life and hope from 9/11 family members

A beautiful tribute to those individuals who lost their lives on September 11, 2011, The Legacy Letters: Messages of Life and Hope from 9/11 Family Members is a must read for anyone seeking appreciation for life or seeking to learn more about the familial impact of that tragic day in our nation's history.

Each "chapter" starts with a brief biography of the individual who perished on 9/11. A letter written by a family member follows, almost always with a photo of the writer and the deceased. Do not attempt to read this book without tissue nearby. The loving words and raw emotion of those left behind is palpable. As the parent of young children I often felt a kick to my stomach reading about families very similar to mine who lost someone that day.

I find the title a bit confusing. Legacy letters are usually letters written by the deceased, directed towards the next generation. Instead, these letters are a tribute to the departed. More of a eulogy ten years after the death. I happened upon it by accident; thinking it would be about traditional legacy letters.

Reading this book helps put life in perspective. Life is short. The little moments matter. One never knows when tragedy will strike, out of no where on a clear blue fall day. Enjoy the moment, and find peace. That is what I took from this collection.

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