by Lucy Dineen
In My Camino through Grief, Lucy Dineen records her journey on the Camino de Santiago in northern Spain in 2017 when she and her husband, Gerard, undertook the pilgrimage to help them come to a greater understanding of their grief following the sudden death of their son, Robert, at the age of twenty-five. Lucy kept a daily diary of their thirty-eight-day journey during which she and Gerard faced the physical challenge of walking for up to eight hours each day in searing temperatures and challenging conditions.
Each morning brought with it not just another day of walking but also the space to remember. Memories are sparked randomly as Lucy recalls how family life was disrupted when Robert, aged ten, began to suffer from seizures. She details how, for fifteen years he lived bravely and fully, refusing to be defined or limited by his illness.
Determined that her son not be forgotten, Lucy decided to write about Robertís life. She found that the Camino de Santiago provided the framework not only for the journey ahead, but also for the journey of remembering. Lucy remembers Robertís life, the joy that he brought to all who knew him and the courage with which he faced each challenge.
Inspired by his courage and her need to understand how to live without him, Lucy details and shares her Camino of grief in a book that Ė ultimately Ė inspires through its honest exploration of grief and sharing of the fact that pain is part of every life and that redemption can only be found by rediscovering our true selves and connecting in a real way with the beauty of the natural world and those we travel with while on our life journey.
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