When a parent dies during a child's growing-up years, the change is monumental. An alternate shaping of life and self begins; an influence is lost; the creation of memories is lost. Life is so significantly shaped by the loss that other forces often pale by comparison. The reader will be moved to tears by the heartfelt insights of adults who experienced the early death of a parent--a parent that cannot be present at graduations, weddings, births, and everyday conversations--a parent that is not available to give advice or be a grandparent. Woven throughout this very personal book are Dr. Darren Daugherty's own insights from the early loss of his father and the recognition of God's grace. Darren's book will help readers to understand this loss and those who live with it. It also offers hope to anyone connected to the early loss of a parent who desire to help their children through the loss. Helping a grieving child.