In the Shadow of Your Wings & Awake and Alive!
With Carole Sluski
Carole Sluski is a mother of two daughters and an accomplished entrepreneur in business and creative arts. She is also a victim of the worst loss a mother can know; the loss of her child. Through devotion in faith, she reached out to God for help to survive the immense mental and physical pain of grief.
After thirty years, Carole obeyed a calling to share her journey of learning how to live out life with peace and well-being. Her book Thirty: A Mother's Spiritual Journey After Losing Her Child is the topic of our conversation. Over the course of decades, Carole has gathered her expertise, knowledge, and experiences to remain on the path to recovery, to benefit those she loves and give help and hope to as many people as she can.
In part 1 of this episode, Carole shares some of the events of that terrible morning in 1992 when she first realised her daughter was not going to open her eyes again. We talk about the early stages of her journey and how her heart remained open to all that God offered to keep her with Him.
In part 2, we continue the discussion of faith and recovery from the loss of a child. Carole shares more of her story of recovery over the months and years after Paula's passing. We talk about how important structure was to daily life; how substituting parental habits with good things was crucial as she developed serious illnesses and underwent surgeries as a result of the stress of grieving. We discuss the importance of accepting God's plan, His blessings and love and keeping that channel of love open within us even after our child has passed.
All of the scriptures discussed are referenced below using the World English Bible version unless otherwise stated.
Mark 5:27 - 28
having heard the things concerning Jesus, came up behind him in the crowd, and touched his clothes. For she said, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be made well.”
For we don’t have a high priest who can’t be touched with the feeling of our infirmities, but one who has been in all points tempted like we are, yet without sin.
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Photography courtesy of Carole J. Sluski