How My Daughter's Short Life Changed Mine


The seven days described in these pages are achingly personal yet profoundly meaningful for the rest of us. In Seth Clyman’s story we can see our own fears, our own losses, and our own paths to understanding.

– Jeffrey Zaslow, coauthor “The Last Lecture”

It’s not easy for a parent to discuss the loss of a baby.  But thankfully, you have found a way to articulate the thoughts, fears, and frustrations many of us felt at the time of our loss—and the pain we carry years later. . . . It helps to realize that this was not just a random event but something that can help us better understand ourselves and the world. Touching the World of Angels is a life affirming pathway to healing.

- Wayne and Genevieve Kopping

Seth Clyman lived every parent’s worst nightmare. Through both reaching out to wise individuals and reaching in to his own depths, he turned the nightmare into an awakening. I heartily recommend Touching the World of Angels.

– Sara Yoheved Rigler, author of Holy Woman and Lights from Jerusalem

Deceptively thin . . . but a very full, rich, touching, and engaging story. It involves the reader in a highly personal and intimate fashion.

- Simon Shimshon Rubin, Ph.D.
Director of the International Center for the Study of Loss, Bereavement, and Human Resilience
University of Haifa, Israel

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- Lori Samlin Miller

Seth Clyman’s journal about the loss of his baby daughter opened a new world before my eyes. His story reveals how facing what we most fear, and even losing that which is most precious, can increase our love for life itself. This is one of those books that I could not stop reading until I reached the last page, and which has affected my perspective ever since.

- Sarah Shapiro, author, most recently, of A Gifted Past” and “Wish I Were Here

Feelings evaporate like the waters of the seas. Your book has managed to return a few drops.

- Dan Berkowitz – pianist/accountant

Touching the World of Angels is an honest and moving account of a family struggling with one of life’s greatest challenges. For most, words fail us at such a time but thankfully Seth Clyman found the generosity of spirit and the personal courage to put pen to paper.  Readers will be touched by his struggle and comforted by his insights.

- Mark S. Charendoff

Why didn’t you make your book 300 pages?

- Hillel Winstock, Master Plumber

Through a series of remberences, flashbacks and pure prose, Seth Clyman takes us with him on a journey through one of the most horrific experiences a parent can go through – the loss of a child.

While at the babysitter’s one day the Clyman’s three month old daughter stops breathing. Seth receives a call at work telling him to come home – no reason or details offered. From that moment on we see a world turned on its head, full of pain and loss through a father’s eyes.

As a woman, a mother and a wife, I have rarely had such a vivid glimpse of the raw emotion of a man – a father and a husband. Without ever being maudlin or whiney Seth Clyman allows us to glimpse the inner workings of a man’s feelings when faced with the unbearable. Books about pain and loss by women are the norm. Women are encouraged to “vent” – let their feelings out and share them with the world. Often when faced with a crises even the most emotional and expressive of men are forced (or feel they are forced) to hold their feelings in and be strong in order to be strong for the women in their lives and to appear so in front of their men friends. One can read Mr. Clyman’s account and apply it to any tragedy and understand that it is not only the tear streaked sobbing women that are in pain.

Any parent, or anyone who has loved and lost should read this moving account.

And ladies, after you finish this book give it to a man.

- Michele Thaler

Opening this book may take some courage because entering it brings you into the inner world of a father’s pain. But once you do, you won’t be able to put it down.

- Michael R. Winner

This extremely powerful book is a must read for all who have lost somebody close to them. Mr. Clyman has opened up his life for everybody to learn from and will take a person on a trip which they will not forget easily.

In May 2000, the Clay Mathematics Institute (CMI) named seven mathematical problems, known as the Millennium Prize Problems, all of which focused on important classic mathematical questions that have resisted solution over the years. CMI designated a $7 million prize fund for the solution to these problems, with $1 million allocated to each. Nearly eight years later, only one of the problems has been solved.

In Touching the World of Angels, Seth Clyman tackles a question harder than any Millennium Prize Problem, why do babies die? In truth, Clyman does not look for an explanation to the reason, or why his baby daughter died. He is humble to admit to the obvious impenetrable nature of such a question. Rather the book is his way of making sense of his loss, and a way to comfort others. In the book, Clyman succeeds at both.

Touching the World of Angels is a book that is both raw and inspiring. In 16 short chapters, you enter the abyss that Clyman found himself in during the week after his daughter’s death. Reading through the chapters, one can almost feel the pain and anguish. And that pain that the parents felt is unfathomable, yet they somehow came out of it stronger and inspired.

Touching the World of Angels; How My Daughter’s Short Life Changed Mine is a book that gives solace to those in pain and inspiration to every reader.

The book offers no answers as to why, since there are none. All it can do is attempt to make sense of it all, to put it into a context that makes gives meaning to the unknowable. And as such, Touching the World of Angels is a book that should be read by all.

- Ben Rothke,  author of “Computer Security: 20 Things Every Employee Should Know”

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