See You in a Minute


“Is he hurt? Well, he’s not dead, is he?”

The thing that I feared the most happened: I lost my child. My world was thrown off balance. Each day became an awful nightmare from which I couldn’t wake up. On April 20th, 2006, a small plane crashed near Bloomington, Indiana. My son, Zachary Novak, was among the five fatalities; all talented musicians, students of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. The grief of losing a child is still with me; however, over time I have learned, to some degree, to cope with this grief—and more importantly, how to remember and celebrate the life of my son. It is my hope and prayer that those who read this book will find solace and better understand grief. See You in a Minute is the chronological passage of that first year of pain. The book is guided by music, with songs serving as title and focus of chapters. I describe what I went through during that first year, along with reflections on his life and the many people he touched, including Christian music legend, Sandi Patty, who has provided the foreword. Life flies by at breakneck speed. We may just see those we have lost . . . in a minute.

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