Even Here by Ivy Gikonyo
They say experience is the best teacher. What a tragedy it is, that the saying applies to grief as well. Previously, I thought it was a word that describes the sadness that comes with the demise of a loved one. However, through experience, I know grief is unexplainable anguish that seems to have no end. It is not just one emotion. No. It is a bitter cocktail of them all.
Grief is not remembering what life was like before it and wondering whether there will ever be a semblance of that life in the future. Grief is asking God to show up but wondering whether He will and feeling guilty about the waning faith. Grief is untold loneliness, even with company – the kind that makes us feel like no one could ever understand us.
Ivy Gikonyo is a born-again Christian and an advocate of the High Court of Kenya. She holds a Master’s Degree in International Law from Oxford Brookes University, Oxford; a Postgraduate Diploma in Law from Kenya School of Law and a Bachelor’s degree in Law from Kenyatta University, Nairobi. If circumstances allowed, she would be a life-long student, never leaving school. In her spare time, she is a professional bathroom singer. She lives in Nairobi, Kenya.
“This book is courageous and honest, acknowledging that grief is a natural and appropriate response to loss that tears the soul and causes one to question God our maker, not unlike Job of Ur of the Chaldees. Ivy’s groundedness in her faith shines powerfully through and she lays out practical steps towards recovering from such loss.”
– Wanjiku Mugane, Lawyer, Investment Banker & Entrepreneur
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