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Strengthening others even while she grieves - Mother launches book in memory of infant daughter

Published:Saturday | May 19, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarl Gilchrist/Gleaner Writer
Trudean Scott-Elliott (right) autographs a book for Denise Samuels, managing director of CornMed Pharmacy, Montego Bay, one of the outlets for the book.
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It has been a difficult period for educational psychologist Trudean Scott-Elliott.

After losing her daughter, Elianah, at just three months old, to a condition known as patent ductus arteriosus (PDA), Scott-Elliott's world was plunged into chaos.

But even while she was grieving, Scott-Elliott was visualising how she could help other mothers who might have similar problems in the future and also how she could help the medical facility where her beautiful daughter eventually died.

Last Sunday, at Bettino at the Marina Village in Drax Hall, St Ann, Scott-Elliott, a Seventh-Day Adventist, launched the end result of that suffering: a book titled A Mother's Song How I Learnt To Praise Through Pain.

The event also saw the launch of the Elianah Elliott Foundation, with part proceeds from the book earmarked for the foundation, which will seek to educate mothers about PDA and assist those whose babies are suffering.

A Mother's Song - How I Learnt To Praise Through Pain "unpacks a mother's crippling and vulnerable grief story since she suddenly lost her daughter to a congenital heart condition known as PDA", said a release to the media.

"After losing my daughter at three months and a day old, I had to write to reveal to others that God is real and His power is available to anyone no matter the issue," Scott-Elliott shared with Family & Religion.

"My pain was deep and is still real. My journey had to be recorded because I trusted that He would make it all better. This vulnerability and victory I needed to share."

The book, indeed, shares Scott-Elliott's experiences and how she was able to lift herself out of depression and pain and move to a more comfortable position in life.

The 83-page book, which is available, on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other outlets, goes beyond the account of Elianah's illness and subsequent passing to include a chapter on the heart-breaking issue of infidelity that Scott-Elliott also had to endure before reaching this stage in her life.

But it also speaks to the strength gained from her belief and faith in God as may be read in Ephesians 6:10: "Be strong in the Lord and the power of His might."

Indeed, that passage is exactly what the author hopes readers will take away from reading this book.

"God cares and He can make our troubles hurt a lot less," Scott-Elliott said. "Once we are faithful to His calling, we will see our babies again, in Heaven. This keeps me thriving, and I offer it to mothers and all those who suffer loss. Pray! Believe Him and see!"

 

LEARNING TO HEAL

 

She shares her victory quite expressively through the book, not for one moment drifting far from her faith in God.

For grieving mothers and all other readers, Scott-Elliott writes: "Understanding helps to bring healing. I am truly sorry for whatever despair and pain you are experiencing right now. Life can be quite cruel at times and, therefore, the future seems dismal, and, honestly, sometimes pointless. Consider as you read through my darkest and lightest days that the process is very normal and know that I had help in God.

"None of my words or efforts woven within these pages would have existed if it were not for Him. The uplifting wonder of my experience is worth sharing with you. As you heal, you will, in turn, help others, too. This book is intended to save and restore lives like mine by extending an invitation for you to experience the joy in how I found my song."

The launch was highlighted by several touching moments, including a reading of excerpts from the book by attorney-at-law Sachoy Ellis-Tate.

The book is available in bookstores locally for $2,200 per copy.

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