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Few losses are as painful to a parent then the loss of young child. Sonia Brakowski, a longtime Hazlet resident now retired and living with her husband in Delaware, endured that loss in 1975 when her beloved ten-year-old daughter Annette died of brain cancer. She recalls in 2007, she met a medium in her native England, who connected her to Annette.
“My daughter sent me her messages 32 years after her death. I didn’t fully believe in being able to connect with people who had crossed over or in reincarnation, but as I shared in my book, I was blessed to be taught by the spirit of a ten-year-old child, the truth about what happens when we die and that death is not the end.”
Q. What is the biggest challenge you’ve taken on?
“My biggest challenge was the messages I received from the other side from my daughter asking me to write a book and tell everyone her story. I was able to do that and the book is a success, touching many people’s lives. My goal is to let everyone know that death is not the end using my book as the vehicle to do that.”
Q. What inspired her to take on this challenge or how do you plan to achieve this goal?
A. “My daughter’s messages that came through a medium in England are what inspired me to write this book. For over two years my daughter Annette asked me repeatedly to write her story and share her message with everyone that death is not the end. To achieve this goal, I am trying to get as many people as possible to read my book. It is available free on smashwords.com, titled Annette Opens the Door. Paperback versions of the book are available for $8 each, plus postage and can be purchased by contacting me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. A portion of the proceeds will go to Autism Speaks. When I wrote the book I was determined that any money from the book proceeds would all go to this very worthwhile organization. Both these venues have been doing well and I continue to promote the book in whatever way I can to get Annette’s message out there.”
Q. Did you succeed?
“This for me is an ongoing journey, one that doesn’t come to an end. I will succeed in my mission when as many people as possible have read my book and had the chance to realize that not only is it a true story but a powerful one. It specifically touches those who have lost a child and gives them hope that they will meet again with their loved one who has crossed over. That is my goal and will I ever succeed in finishing it? I don’t think so. I want to tell everyone my story and share this amazing journey I have been blessed to be a part of.”