Yesh Ballon’s mother died two days before the 9/11 attacks. With air travel halted, the rituals for honoring and mourning her death were upended, propelling her family into chaos, conflict, and deeper grief. Unthinkable Dreams is the chronicle of the drama, discoveries, and occasional delights that one family experienced in the months before and after their matriarch’s death. An important part of this journey was discovering how to listen to their dying mother when much of her speaking made little rational sense. Ballon describes the surprising emergence of his mother’s spirituality, how his relationship with her blossomed even as her body and mind withered, and how her dying influenced his own spiritual journey. As he explores this difficult time, he opens his heart and demonstrates how embracing compassion can move people from separation to connection, even though the route is neither straight nor continuous. Above all, Unthinkable Dreams is a book about healing, a model for harvesting from the past in order to plant seeds and leave a legacy for the future.
Unthinkable Dreams: The Year That Mom Died and the Towers Fell
- From the Publisher
September 1, 2021
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