By Jackie Hance
This is a very important memoir. It is written by Jackie Hance, who lost her three daughters in a tragic auto accident. Jackie shares with us the collateral damage of such an emotional and physical loss, and its effects on her, her husband, and their marriage. Her very faith was shaken to the core.
The auto was driven by the girl’s Aunt Diane. The story was told extensively in the media at the time. One haunting detail was that before the accident, the girls talked to their parents on a cell phone. They said, “Something is wrong with Aunt Diane”. The girls knew something was not right and were afraid.
As time went by, undeniable facts were proven through testing that Aunt Diane was the cause of the accident. Jackie and Warren struggle together and separately to deal with the loss of their daughters, Emma, Alyson and Katie. They must also deal with the reality of the cause of it, another loved one: Warren’s sister, Diane. The stress and emotional toll was overpowering.
In writing this profound and brave memoir, Jackie shows how she and Warren find their way back to each other. She also shows how they learn to forgive each other and themselves as well as others involved in the tragedy.
Through their journey of love and healing, they survive to ultimately celebrate the lives of their daughters. They also are able to celebrate their new daughter, Kasey. This is an amazing story of a family, tragedy and eventual triumph.