New Memoir, ‘Heaven’s Child,’ Explores Spiritual Journey of Loss & Love

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Author Caroline Flohr says the death of her 16-year-old twin daughter showed her how tragedy can enrich your life.

In her new book, “Heaven’s Child,” (, Caroline Flohr details the many phases she and her family went through on their path to accepting – and embracing – a grievous loss.

“I don’t think any parent ever gets over the loss of a child,” says Flohr, whose memoir recounts the transformative aftermath of the death of her 16-year-old twin daughter, Sarah.

“I have been amazed by the power of family, love and faith in healing,” she says. “I have learned that death defines not the end of the journey, but a beginning.”

Amazon reviewer Kristin Snapp writes:

“Her (Flohr’s) courage in exposing all the painful details of her personal journey, and that of her family … sends a message of hope to others experiencing devastating loss. The author shows the reader how the human spirit can overcome even the most terrible tragedy with faith, hope and the conscience decision to choose love.”

Heartbreaking and heartwarming, “Heaven's Child” immerses readers in the raw emotions of a fatal car accident. Like teens across the country, Sarah had parents who cared, attended a good school and lived in a safe community. And yet, life carries no guarantees. Flohr flings open the doors to her family life for public viewing, painting an intimate portrait of a nightmare in a small community and a family's determination to triumph after tragedy.

“Heaven’s Child” celebrates the enduring strength of family and the power of love and faith to heal the heart even after unimaginable loss. By learning to weave the pain of loss into the fabric of her family and her life, Flohr finds herself enriched – not diminished – by her experience.

“I normally stay away from books with heartbreaking backdrops but make exceptions for really good books that have that special magic,” writes Amazon reviewer Kathy Schramke.

“The idea that people can be better after a tragedy than before is one I embrace. I read the book while dealing with breast cancer and found it inspirational. The author's belief that when we go through something difficult we get something for it if we try is encouraging. There are gifts in tragedy and we are all tested. This book made me feel like a better person for having read it.”

About Caroline Flohr

Caroline Flohr was a busy wife and mother to five children when her 16-year-old twin daughter, Sarah, was killed in an accident. She was forced to dig into the deeper meaning of existence and came away with profound edification. Flohr lives with her husband and children on Bainbridge Island, a suburb of Seattle.

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