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Death and grief are always difficult to think and talk about, more so when the death is that of one's own child. However, in Jonathan, do you know me? Vince Leitao the author takes an alternative approach to death in dealing with the loss of his beloved son. He looks at death not as the end of life, but rather as passing through another milestone of our soul's eternal journey. The author makes a synthesis of the teachings on death from religious, spiritual and cultural perspectives through his personal reflections and study. The fruit of his personal growth is this book, which speaks about death in terms of eternal life, transcendence, mortality, relationships, awareness, and consciousness. In writing about his experience and his deeper insight into death, pain, suffering, and the loss of his beloved son, the author offers hope and inspiration to those who are grieving.
Vince Leitao, father of Jonathan, was born in Goa, India, and now lives in Richmond Hill, Canada. After a successful 26-year career in the pharmaceutical industry, Vince has transformed himself into an experiential student of grief. He explores and writes about death and its inevitability while at the same time living life as fully as possible. He volunteers at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, and reaches out to parents who are experiencing loss, grief and pain, by witnessing through his own experience that life does not end in death. Rather, life transcends the boundaries of time, space and death itself. He has led an effort to amend the Employment Standards Act in Ontario with Jonathan's Law - a bill dedicated to the memory of his son that requests a provision of a 52-week bereavement leave for parents who lose a child.
Raymond Antao, RP
- Psychotherapist and Counsellor at Christian Counselling Services and Toronto Counselling Centre for Teens.
- Member of the Educational Resource Team at Toronto Centre for Pastoral Counselling Education.

Jonathan, do you know me?

From loss of a child to spiritual awakening

Authored by Vince Leitao
Edition: 1

A personal story of loss and grief transcended by a spiritual awakening

How do we deal courageously, authentically and spiritually with death, either our own or that of a loved one? What can we do when the thought of death frightens us or is breaking our heart? When Vince Leitao's sixteen-year-old son, Jonathan, was diagnosed with terminal liver cancer, his family and friends across the globe prayed for him to be healed. But as Jonathan continued to deteriorate physically, Vince's eyes were opened to a new spiritual understanding of prayer. His grief was transformed into a desire to care for Jonathan's eternal Spirit as he approached the end of his earthly journey. Even as Jonathan's body failed, his Spirit grew and strengthened.

Vince's story offers comfort, inspiration and a new insight into God, the self, life, death and immortality.

Publication Date:
099495090X / 9780994950901
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Body, Mind & Spirit / Inspiration & Personal Growth

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