‘My Parting Gift’ honors the life of my late husband Roy James Rattenbury, ‘Jim’ to most. He was a remarkable man with exceptional vitality, a quiet wisdom, and he lived his life with the utmost of integrity and devoid of ego.
Jim was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer two months following our magical Hawaiian wedding.
Written over a six year healing journey, my memoir symbolizes the end of my grief and the start of my new life as a life teacher and resilience thought leader.
Take a journey into my grief and learn how I healed to share my wisdom and insights with others facing similar adversities.
I share my late husband’s heroic five and one-half year battle with cancer, our incomparable love story, and our undaunted ability to transcend on our quest for life.
I write candidly about my own trials in an honest, intimate, and emotionally powerful story. All my life challenges paled by the enormous loss I suffered with the death of my husband and the ensuing ‘Will’s Variation’ dispute, a surreal drama that was my life.
Through my determined healing journey and by drawing on both my inherent and enhanced resilience I come to grips with the narrative of my life story and I reflect on who I am and what I want for my future.
I sincerely hope that ‘My Parting Gift’ will inspire all who read it to embrace the healing power of love and in its abundance manage their adversities while mending their shattered life.
“When a soul mate dies, their twin loses connection to their spirit” – Margaret Rattenbury (nee Hansen)