This November it will have been four years since Daniel departed Earth. Since then, here on the blog, we have examined feelings, thoughts and experiences about the loss, dealing with the loss with a clean autopsy, and all of the aspects of life and family life which have followed. Many times over the past four years, people, other authors, and occasionally publishers have asked why we had not yet written a book about Daniel's life and our experiences afterward. In all honesty, the focus was first surviving our loss, second, helping others who have endured a similar one, and third, raising awareness of several things. One, that children, teens and adults sometimes do suddenly drop dead, and upon autopsy no defined clear cause of death is found. Secondly, we wish to bring awareness to groups like SUDC, which advocates for those involved in the aftermath of Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood. Third, we wish to being awareness to the variety of disorders which are SADS, or Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome, in which an undiagnosed issue or exposure causes the heart rhythm to convert from a regular sinus rhythm to a rhythm disturbance which is incompatible with life. We had hoped that our blog not only supports those families who are left picking up the pieces, but that we could help to prevent some of those passings, and thus honor Daniel while doing so. It did not seem appropriate to "write a book" or "cash in". Now, as we approach later in the year, the fourth anniversary of Daniel's departure from us, it is time. It is time, while our other children are still nearby, or are nearly launched to remember him and to create a book in remembrance of him, which may help others when devastated by the sudden loss of a child.
We will still be here on blog, but the entire story of Daniel, what happened, with personal pictures, and non blog materials is now seeking a publisher, and will be refined until it is ready for market. I would love to hear what you would like to hear about, or which publishing house you believe should have a chance to publish it.