Rabbi Naomi Levy's book To Begin Again has been my go-to book when comforting someone after the death of a loved one. Her new book Hope Will Find You is surely to become one of my go-to books when supporting someone after the death of hopes and dreams.
In an interview for the Winter 2010 issue of Jewish Woman, Rabbi Levy was asked "[W]hat did you learn from your daughter, Noa?"
"I was frightened to teach Noa [in preparation for Noa's Bat Mitzvah]...because I knew she had learning disabilities.... I asked her what the words [of a Biblical reading] meant to her.... 'Mom, I think what it means to me is, if you don't like your life and things are not going well, if you try very hard you can find hope.' Then she stopped and corrected herself. She said, 'No...hope will find you.'"
"Noa was saying...that hope would find me, that hope was searching for us and that goodness and mercy and all these lessons are actually seeking us, tracking us down, and too often we are running away from them. We're thinking it's a struggle, but in reality what we can do is relax a bit and let all these blessings in, because they are all around us."