SIDS ~ Their hour of darkness…became a journey into the Light
For Carol it began with a phone call in the middle of the night; a call that brought unbearable news. Her grandchild, her daughter’s infant son, had died in his own crib of SIDS.
A Family’s True Story of Loss and Renewal
Nothing in the Gino family’s past could ever have prepared them for the tragedy that would change all their lives forever. For Carol it began with a phone call in the middle of the night; a call that brought unbearable news. Her grandchild, her daughter’s infant son, had died in his own crib of SIDS. Within hours, Carol was on a plane from California, returning home to the family who needed her more than ever.
It happened in a single moment. Their lives were changed. Their souls shaken. And then, when they were most vulnerable, their hearts opened to the miraculous…
About the book:
They were a three generation Italian American family steeped in traditional values. Carol Gino’s old world father was a stern disciplinarian who loved opera and polkas; her mother a shy, tradition-bound housewife, while Carol herself had made a spiritual journey away from her Catholic roots. But nothing in the Gino family’s past could ever have prepared them for the tragedy that would change all their lives forever.
For Carol it began with a phone call in the middle of the night; a call that brought unbearable news. Her grandchild, her daughter’s infant son, had died in his own crib of SIDS. Within hours, Carol was on a plane from California, returning home to the family who needed her more than ever.
After the initial shock, the members of Carol’s family each coped with the death in their own way. Carol’s father in stony silence, Teri’s husband with silent tears, Carol’s bereaved daughter, Teri, in rages against God. The baby’s sister, Jessie, with the innocence of a child. Then, as the family grappled with the loss, the inexplicable heartbreak of SIDS, and the need to go on with their lives, a new voice began to speak among them. It was a voice that offered answers and more questions, comfort and more challenges. It was the voice of an angel.
In this unforgettable true story, Carol chronicles the miraculous appearance of an angel named Janith who came to speak through Carol’s daughter. Meeting resistance and skepticism first, Janith slowly began to win over the grieving family as she showed them all a reality they had never before perceived, an interconnectedness that would explain the inexplicable and show a way into the future. In a remarkable series of sessions, Janith leads a shattered family through more pain and loss to the ultimate revelation, and a truly miraculous rebirth.
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Ancient grief returns from lifetimes ago to heal. Can the pain of death be so horrific that it returns from past lifetimes to teach us to heal? Carol Gino and her fantastic Italian family find that just this happens in Then An Angel Came. When the death of a child steals over the Gino’s in the dark of night, a darkness of such depth threatens to still the beating hearts of the living. Carol and her daughter search for answers and find them in the realms of another world. The answers and the healing come crashing in upon them like the waves of an angry ocean. But it is the healing and cleansing of those very waves that bring the family to a point of karmic renewal most of us only dream of finding. For anyone who has ever loved anything and lost it, Then An Angel Came takes you through a journey of death and grief all to familiar and then into a cathartic promise of healing. Worth every tear, this book is a must read!
Satisfying on every level. Like Carol Gino, I am the grandmother of a baby boy who died from SIDS. She not only captures every detail of the pain suffered by various members of a family that goes through such an experience, but, better yet, shows how even this most tragic of events can have some positive outcomes in the lives of the survivors.
Given the fact that Ms. Gino is a bestselling author, it is no surprise that the book reads like a novel. It will grab and hold your interest even if you have not lived through a tragedy of the magnitude of her family.
There’s no need to buy into all the concepts she introduces to learn and benefit from the wisdom that this book contains. Just be open to parts that speak to you and your world view, and you won’t be sorry. And, yes, be sure to have some Kleenex at hand – just remember that if you stay with the book until the end, your tears will be rewarded.
Outstanding. Faith is something most people want but few of us want tested. In this moving story of personal loss, renewal, and faith, we see how one woman and her family find a very personal faith, yet one that can bring hope to others. This is the story of a child’s death but it is also the story of life, of grief and of moving beyond grief. Carol Gino has an unconventional gift for faith and she shares it generously.
A touching work, highly recommended for nursing, medical, and health sciences libraries…
One of the most moving, beautiful stories I have read. I discovered the book, Then An Angel Came, by accident. I had been ill for three years with a debilitating illness called Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome. At one point, I thought it wasn’t worth living. I decided to try to find some answers, first. So, I went to a bookstore, and stopped in front of an isle. I didn’t know why I was here, but my eyes were led to a book titled, Then An Angel Came. I didn’t know if I had enough money for it, and was prepared to use my credit card, but when I got to the counter, it was half price. I don’t know why I was led to such a book, but maybe an angel helped me out . . .
I had been reading up on angels, and the title interested me. Then An Angel Came is a true story about a family. It is about a family who tries to keep itself together when a death in the family strikes. Teri, Carol’s (the arthor’s) daughter, loses her infant son, Gregory, to SIDS — Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Each family member: Teri, her husband, Gordon, and their daughter, Jessie — all deal with the grief in his/her own way. This doesn’t only deal with the main family, but the extended family of grandparents (Carol being the grandmother of this child), and Carol’s father . . . each memeber coming to grips with life and death on his or her own.
Carol then introduces her daughter, Teri, who is a skeptic, to the spiritual side of things and meditates with her. Through these meditation sessions, Janith, a guardian angel or spiritual guide, shows, and makes herself known through Teri. In a meditative state, Teri would write pages of journals with Janith’s words and messages on them. Those messages are what pull a grieving family back on their feet.
Those messages, and this wonderful family, are what makes this book a true deep spiritual experience to read.
About the Author
Carol Gino is a registered nurse with a MA in Transpersonal Psychology whose twenty+ year career has included experience in almost every area of health care, from critical care nursing to hospice to teaching.
The Nurse’s Story was her first book, and her articles have appeared in New York magazine, Nursing, American Journal of Nursing, and The Chicago Tribune. She has done several cross-country media tours advocating patient rights and to change the Image of Nursing.
Several book clubs chose the Nurse’s Story and it was published in 9 foreign countries.
Her other books are:
Nurse’s Story – New York Times bestseller
Rusty’s Story – New York Times bestseller
Then An Angel Came – Award Winner
There’s An Angel In My Computer
Yardsale of Life and The 8 Coats of Meaning
Where Dreams Come True
Carol Gino spent 20 years in relationship with Mario Puzo, author of “The Godfather”. After his death in 1999, she completed his manuscript of “The Family,” which was also a best seller.