20+ Parents Who Shared Their Stories to Attend Book-Signing Event
SAVANNAH, GA (July 5, 2023) – A new book compiled by Jimmy DeLoach Jr. to help grieving parents will be released at a public book-signing event on Friday, Aug. 11, 2023, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Clyde Venue in Savannah, Georgia. “A Journey We Share: A Healing Path for Parents Who Grieve” is a journal for grieving parents by parents who have opened their hearts to tell their personal stories of love, loss and encouragement.
DeLoach, a local father who lost his 21-year-old daughter, Abbie, in a fatal accident in 2015, conceived the idea for the book and spent more than a year compiling it. “A Journey We Share” features 54 parents from across the country who bravely shared their experiences, representing a total of 59 cherished children.
“Our contributing writers have experienced the unimaginable, and they understand the journey of seeking new meaning and purpose in life,” said Deloach, who serves as both a contributing author and president of ADF Resources, the book’s publisher. “Another common thread is their desire to help others. No matter where they happen to be or the time of day, grieving readers may gather strength and solace from other parents’ stories and know they aren’t alone.”
Captivating watercolor portraits of the children remembered, and other beautiful design elements, appear throughout the 237-page book to inspire readers to reflect, write and revisit the pages over time. “Through the 54 different viewpoints of the parents who shared their stories, I hope readers discover options for coping with their grief in a way that fits their lifestyle or need,” added DeLoach.
“A Journey We Share” includes a foreword by Eddie Deloach, Jimmy’s brother, who served as the 66th mayor of Savannah and a commissioner for Chatham County’s 7th District from 1992 to 2000.
Here are a few comments from parents who contributed to the book:
“So much love is in this book.”
“It feels solid and weighty in my hands, as if it holds something important, which it does.”
“I teared up at its quality and presentation.”
“What a sweet way to honor our children’s memory.”
For those wanting to attend the book-signing event, the Clyde Venue is located at 223 Martin Luther King Blvd., Savannah, GA 31401. To obtain a copy of the book, please visit the book’s website at AJourneyWeShare.com.
About ADF Resources LLC
ADF Resources is a publishing entity created in 2022 by Jimmy DeLoach Jr. and a subsidiary of the Abbie DeLoach Foundation Inc. Its first book, “A Journey We Share: A Healing Path for Parents Who Grieve,” launched in 2023, is dedicated in loving memory to Abbie DeLoach, one of five Georgia Southern University nursing students tragically killed in a tractor-trailer collision on April 22, 2015.
Since his daughter’s passing, DeLoach has become a Grief Recovery Method Specialist, certified by the Grief Recovery Institute, and has been a speaker at the Bereaved Parents USA and The Compassionate Friends national conferences. To help other grieving parents who have lost a child, DeLoach took the initiative to find and invite other parents to share their stories not only to remember and celebrate their children’s lives, but also to assist loved ones as they cope with the loss. For more information, visit AJourneyWeShare.com.