Dear Elena

Hope and Sadness


  • Unfinished Business

  • What to Say to Mourners

  • On Choosing a Wife

  • Two Religions

  • Newspaper Announcement

  • Sisters

  • Why No Pictures

  • Not Moving

  • Writer's Block

  • Why

  • If Elena Were With Us

  • Maggie Rose

  • A Call from Above

  • One Days

  • ... and more


My youngest daughter Elena died suddenly one week shy of her seventh birthday.

This book is a collection of the first five months of posts I wrote in a blog I started the morning after Elena died.

The daily posts helped me through this unbelievable time. I wrote them for me.

They may not resonate with you. You may not find them interesting or helpful.

On the other hand, enough people have told me that there was a post here or there that made them a better or more grateful parent that I thought it was worth publishing.

The book is available as an ePub from the iBooks Store.