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Family & Relationships, Death, Grief, Bereavement, Faith, Memoir, Mennonite

The Day You Went Away
by Sharon Kehler

June 8, 2015 was the end of a long weekend for Derek & Helena as they enjoyed one more night in a cabin in Sydney, Australia’s Blue Mountains. Back home in Canada it is the start of spring. A beautiful Sunday evening where the weekend has also come to an end.

A parent’s worst nightmare evolves as a phone call delivers the news of their son’s death.

News of the accident spread quickly as headlines all over the world posted:

“Canadian musician found dead along with his Australian girlfriend”

This painfully honest memoir is one mom’s journey as she and her family draw strength and healing from their lifelong spiritual faith. The cherished memories from the past become a strong tool for survival as they process their tremendous loss.

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Debut non-fiction author Sharon Kehler wrote The Day You Went Away to help her and her family heal after the sudden death of Derek and Helena. Sharon and Del live in Grunthal, Manitoba. Their daughter, Mandy, and her husband, Shane, have two young children – Mia and Jaleel – who adore their Nana Sharon and Grandpa Del and live close by.


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