The Collateral Beauty…and Why I Write… | Jennifer Probst

The Collateral Beauty…and Why I Write…

  1. Jo Jackson says:

    Beautifully written and full of truth. I know that writing after we lost my Dad helped me through some of the pain without a doubt. <3

  2. Bob Mayer says:

    I saw the movie a month ago. Like you, I’d seen the negative reviews.
    I really thought it struck home and was very well written. Every time it felt like it was falling into a trope, it turned out it wasn’t a trope.
    Then again, I think it strikes a nerve in certain people with certain experiences. We all deal with grief differently. We’re seeing it play out on a national stage, where it shouldn’t be.
    I remember after our loss the most comforting thing someone said to us was simple: “That’s just fucked.”

    • Jennifer says:

      Thanks so much Bob. I’m glad I’m not the only one who appreciated the movie. And I totally agree with that statement!

  3. Liz says:

    A beautiful eulogy. Hugs and blessings.

  4. Ellen DeCrescenzo says:

    So eloquently said….Hell always be part of you. xxx

  5. Samantha Finch says:

    Your father sounds like an amazing person. You were all blessed to have him in your lives, but he’ll always be with you. As I’ve told my son countless times, we never lose the ones we love because we always carry them in our hearts <3

  6. I can so relate to your loss. My father was diagnosed with lung cancer after six months of being told he had pneumonia. By then It was too late. I spent the last five days with him in the hospital and I’m forever grateful that I was able to be there. My dad also had a very dry sense of humour. It has made for a lot of great memories.
    Thanks for sharing your experience and your beautiful eulogy.

    • Jennifer says:

      I’m so very sorry about your Dad Wendy – thank you so much for reading and sharing your story. Cyber hugs.

  7. bonnie matoren says:


    I have known you for many years although not that well..

    I have enjoyed reading your books.

    I want to “thank you” for sharing something in regards to your relationship with your Dad that is extremely personal.

    Losing a parent is hard, losing a sibling not any easier.

    You have a platform and a large audience to get the word out.

    That these losses – they hurt.

    And they hurt for a long time.

    Just when you may go a cple of hours or maybe a day without grieving (and feeling guilty for doing so)

    A song will come on the radio or something else will remind you of your loved one.

    Try and take comfort in all the people (friends and family) and all your followers – who love you.


  8. Steph says:

    What a beautiful and well-written eulogy/ post which have really struck the hearts of your loyal readers. My deepest prayers are with you and your family at this time. x

  9. Gwen Amos says:

    So beautiful!

  10. Eunice Picado says:

    Beautiful! ❤
    You have been in my thoughts from the moment I heard of your loss. I pray for God to continue to give you the strength and wisdom needed in this difficult time.

  11. Sharlene Wegner says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your very personal experience and the touching eulogy for your dad. I lost my father in July, as well. As his minister said, he lived a good life and was well loved. So sorry for your loss, Jennifer.

    • Jennifer says:

      I’m so sorry about your Dad Sharlene – I’ve been comforted by others who have experienced this loss and don’t feel so alone. Cyber hugs.

  12. Alicia says:

    Words bring me comfort too, I don’t write them, I read them. I always seek comfort in books, depending on my life circumstances will guide me to what book to read or reread. I lost my dad when he was 42, that was 35 years ago but I still carry his words and life lessons with me. Your eulogy was beautiful and brought back memories for me. Thank you for sharing and I’m very sorry for your loss.

  13. Kristen Niclaus says:

    So beautifully said. You have that gift. I’m sorry for your loss Jen.
    I haven’t watched that movie yet. Maybe I will. I feel like certain movies & certain books are better at certain times in your life. They have more meaning.?

    • Jennifer says:

      Thanks Kristen – I totally agree about the movies – I truly feel you would like it for the themes and the way it’s presented.

  14. galehr says:

    I am so sorry about your losses. You dad sounds like he was special and that you have wonderful memories is the best.

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