Aftermath by Margaret McSweeney | Blog Tour

Welcome to the blog tour for Margaret McSweeney’s newest release, Aftermath.

{More about Aftermath}

Loss is a four-letter word that grips our hearts and gridlocks our lives. Grief can hold us captive until we surrender it to God. How do we find the necessary grace to journey through the mourning process?

Juxtaposed to the outpouring of her mother’s words about grief, the author shares her parallel journey from the emotional abyss of grief after becoming an adult orphan. With candor, the author shares her own emotions experienced along the spectrum of loss after her parents’ deaths: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance—adding interactive options for readers.

Five sections cover these common emotions and provide:

• comfort Scripture lists

• counsel sections from grief experts

• chronicling sections with detailed helps

• tangible handles on dealing with grief during holidays, capturing loved ones’ legacy, and more.

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Margaret McSweeney

{More About Margaret McSweeney}

Margaret McSweeney is well -published author (A Mother’s Heart Knows, Go Back and Be Happy, Pearl Girls, Mother of Pearl, Aftermath) and the founder of Pearl Girls™. Through Pearl Girls™, Margaret collaborates with other writers on projects to help fund a safe house for WINGS, an organization that helps women and their children who are victims of domestic violence, and to build wells for schoolchildren in Uganda through Hands of Hope. For the past 10 years she has served on the board of directors and leadership advisory board for WINGS. Margaret lives with her husband and 2 daughters in the Chicago suburbs.

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“I wholeheartedly recommend Aftermath, an honest story through the losses of loved ones. Purchase this book and keep it for those unexpected moments and purchase another copy for the friend who sorrows.” –Daniel Darling, senior pastor and author of iFaith: Connecting with God in the 21st Century

“For anyone who has experienced loss, this book will be a tender companion. You will find yourself encircled with a hug from heavan … surprised when you discover the hidden gem of God’s grace in the midst of the grief.” –Robin Jones Gunn, best-selling author of Cottage By the Sea



Julie | More of Him The whole book was wonderful and I had a hard time putting it down. It touched me deeply and I know that I will refer back to this book again and again.


Susan | In This Together A beautiful memoir that will comfort and encourage any reader.


Vic’s Media Room You will not want to part with this book to refer to it again and again as the need arises. This is a book to give to all your family and friends as we all will face grief. It will be a book that they will read and thank you for. ”Aftermath” is a keeper.

Deanna’s Corner What timing for this to arrive -on my way to meet the funeral director to set up for visitation. It feels like a cruel joke after losing such a precious friend in our lives. Immediately the Scripture soothes me. That is enough for one day so I put it down. The next day I pick it up and read a little more. I find just a little more that gives me what I need to process and to give my son the words he needs to deal with his own grief. Day by day we have used this little book to hopefully teach my boys how to handle grief in a healthier way than I have.


Pamela’s Heavenly Treats This book is a must read for those who have experienced the loss of a loved one. I really wish I had this book years ago when we experienced the death of my brother, who died at the age of 22 in a car accident, I could have sure used everything that she had to say in this book.


Victoria | Snail Pace Transforamations During the pages of Aftermath I found myself nodding my head with a great big “she gets it” over and over while reading both Margaret McSweeney’s words and those of her belated mother’s. If you are struggling with grieving a loved one, or if you have a loved one struggling with grief, I would highly recommend this book to you. I wish I had it available in those tender grieving moments I experiences shortly after my mother’s death.

Stephanie | Coupon Clippin’ Mommy Aftermath is not just a book to read after you have experienced lose but a guide you can use now. Have you ever wondered what to say when someone you care about is grieving? This book provides scripture and questions to help process through the loss. If you have the book on hand you will even be able to pass it along when someone you know experiences a loss.

Lisa | Seeking with all Yur Heart Aftermath is a very accurate word for learning how to grow into our new “normal.” No one on the earth has been unaffected or untouched by grief, whether it is a personal experience or impersonal. By impersonal, it is what tugs on our hearts, causes prayers to flow from our lips or tears to spill from our eyes when news of tragedy has struck whether it is near or far, we grieve the same. Now, mind you, I am not saying we grieve in the same way, just stating we feel or grieve regardless of many factors.


Lois | The Minister’s Wife Stamps & Saves Margaret took me down a path that was difficult for me, but so needed. I read, no devoured the words she and her mother both wrote. And yes, I cried along with them. Some of the words hit home as I remembered times when I was so inept at what to do. I am very thankful for this book to be in my library now and I would highly recommend it for anyone who ministers to people. I also think it would be a good gift for those who have lost a loved one.

Christina | Kennedy Reviews Compiled with personal stories of the author, thought-provoking statements and inquiries, perception-changing insightful nuggets, encouraging words, and wonderful poems, this book is one that you will want to keep nearby to read small sections whenever you have a free moment. Traveling the rocky solitude journey of grief is a challenging one, but you are not alone because God is with you.

LaTawnia | Kintz Reviews I found Aftermath to be a helpful book for myself. It allowed me to look at what I went through when I lost my own mother to cancer. It opened up areas I didn’t realize I had closed off, and has allowed the healing love of God to come in and apply His balm over these places in my heart.


Hayley | Hanging Off The Wire Even after a year almost, I am still heavily grieving for my son Mason. This book is a great help. I love the interactive parts of this book, and I am grateful to the author for sharing her personal feelings and stories. This book is now dog-eared and highlighted, and heavily read. A great resource for anyone who is grieving.


Annette | A Well-Watered Garden Aftermath, Growing in Grace Through Grief is exactly what I needed to read. My mother died March 2, 2008. It was not only her death that I have grieved; but the eighteen years of Alzheimer’s before her death, this in itself is a constant stream of memories to grieve over.

Autumn | Taking Your Stand The whole book was wonderful and if would be perfect as a gift to a friend who is in grief of someone who passed.

Michele | My Blessings From Above Sharing excerpts from her mother’s book and Ms. McSweeney’s own stories and experiences, this book will touch you in your deepest places. Helping us to deal with our own struggle with grief and helping to deal with our losses


Michelle | Texas Homemaking At some point in time, we will all lose someone we love; it is inevitable. Author Margaret McSweeney hopes to ease the loss and suffering we may feel through her newest book, Aftermath: Growing in Grace Through Grief.

Sarah | Growing for Christ All of us have either experienced some type of grief or will at some point and with Margaret’s book, Aftermath, will help you in getting through the grief process and grow in your faith at the same time. Using poetry written by her mother as she worked through her own grief going through the stages of depression, anger and acceptance – we see how others around are affected by grief.

Leila | All Meant To Shine  This book touched on several good points including a brief touch on what people should not say to those who are mourning. I found that part very refreshing.

Loni | Writing Canvas I highly recommend Aftermath for anyone to read . . . and would even be good for a family anticipating the death of a loved one, in things to prepare for and memories that can be made.

Heather | Faith, Family and Fun  Grief touches us all and I want to understand ways to help. I am about halfway through this book, and so far, I feel I have more tools to understand grief and ways to help people who are grieving. I especially like Margaret’s openness about her relationships, the poetry in the book and the tips from grief experts.

Krystal | Live To Read   I’ve always respected – and been impressed by a grandparent’s words of wisdom . In the book, Grandpa Turnage’s journal lines, written so many years ago, startled me into reevaluating how “Christian” or spiritual my home is.

Maopa | Luscious Deals I love the beautiful poems and the story gives a message of hope and help for those that are grieving over the loss of a loved one.

Crystal | Cinnamon Hollow  I realized, while reading this book, that I’ve not fully dealt with the loss of my mom almost 9 years ago. Aftermath opened my eyes and my heart and allowed me to let myself feel again. It helped me to see that shutting down didn’t benefit my family. Instead I was keeping myself from them and they need me fully.

Deb’s Here Reading this book was just what I needed. As I sat reading it, I couldn’t believe how close to home it hit. It took me to all the stages that I went through {and still do}and I learned that it is OK for me to be angry and hurt at times.

  • Jill Page says:

    Aftermath is a well-written, heartfelt comfort when you need inspiration and hope.

  • Besides featuring some of her mother’s beautiful writings and Margaret‘s own wisdom, I really appreciated that in Aftermath: Growing in Grace Through Grief she included comforting sections of scriptures and excerpts from the writings of grief experts and counselors at the end of each chapter. This book is truly an excellent companion for those who are grieving, or for anyone who wants to help someone who has lost a loved one. It will help to reassure that the aftermath of grief is indeed grace.

  • Sarah says:

    All of us have either experienced some type of grief or will at some point and with Margaret’s book, Aftermath, will help you in getting through the grief process and grow in your faith at the same time. Using poetry written by her mother as she worked through her own grief going through the stages of depression, anger and acceptance – we see how others around are affected by grief.

  • Tristine says:

    I would also recommend this book to anyone who has a friend or loved one who is going through the grieving process. One thing I have discovered through my own grief is that people tend to steer clear of those who are grieving. McSweeny offers loving and thoughtful advice for those who just don’t know what to say or do in times of death.

  • Jill Page says:

    “Aftermath” was a great way to show me that each person’s experience after losses in their lives are unique, how they grieve differently, and how they heal differently.

  • Christy says:

    Aftermath holds your hand every step of the way, whether your grief is recent, or even decades later. It deals with the various initial stages of the grieving process, each with its own chapter. Then there are plenty of tools and ideas given in the book to help you well beyond those first few months. I love how the author shares her own insights, interwoven with biblical passages and her own mother’s beautiful writing and poetry. While it’s a very resourceful books, I found it to be a very touching tribute to a mother from her daughter as well.

  • Jennifer says:

    There is something about grieving that is so healing. I learned a lot about that in this new book that I just finished reading –Aftermath: Growing in Grace through Grief.

  • Aftermath is a comforting excursion through her grief process, organized around the Kubler-Ross five stages of grief – denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. She adds shock in the beginning. In each chapter, she shares excerpts of her mother’s journals as she dealt with the death of her husband. McSweeney weaves in her own experiences of the same loss. Then she offers comfort from the Scriptures and counsel from experts. Each chapter has room for journaling, making it ideal for a grief group or for your own personal processing.

  • Andrew says:

    The scriptures that Margaret shared were such an accommodating feature of the book. The Bible verses had the impact of bringing personally recovering and healing from the trials and heartbreak of grief. If you’re struggling to find hope again after losing someone you profoundly loved and care for this book will supply much needed comfort.

  • We all grieve differently and what works for some, may in fact not work for others. Aftermath I found was a book that can help one either in preparation for the loss of a dear one or after the loss has already happened. Margaret takes us on her personal grief journey and helps the reader find a way through the fog of the loss. While reading the book you feel as a close family member or friend has written it and truly cares about helping the reader “get through it” No matter if you are buying this book for someone that you just did not know how to help or you needed some help for yourself this book is perfect!