Child of Winter
Tom Zink was born in a blizzard in 1947, a child of winter. Seasoned: A Memoir of Grief and Grace is the story of Tom’s unwitting grief journey of five decades, that begins when his older brother Steve dies in a traffic crash while on the paper route the two boys shared. It’s the story of a conservative German Lutheran family and the ways in which the parents and surviving children protect each other in loss, with a silent acceptance that does not serve them in the long run.
Grief and Grace
Tom buries his grief along with his brother, so he can carry on with his life. His career after high school takes him around the world, across the country, and back again. It is only after Tom is married, and a father of two teenaged sons that, in a moment of profound grace, he realizes the depth and importance of his loss.
Tom’s faith and new-found desire, as an adult, to process Steve’s death lift him out of his personal permafrost of grief and take Tom full circle, back to his brother’s grave. But this is not merely a story of grief and recovery; it is also a poignant and, at times, humorous look at laughter and lightheartedness, winning and losing, and doubt and faith.