Years After Losing Daughters in New Year's Crash, Mother Pens Book to Provide Hope

January 01, 2018 05:00 PM

It was New Year's Day 2004 when three Mayer sisters from New Brighton were killed in a head-on crash on the way to a bridal party celebration days ahead of their brother's wedding. Now their mother has written a new book.

Debbie Mayer's book, titled, "After The Crash: Grieving with Hope in Light of Eternity," came out in December.   


"Not everybody experiences this kind of loss," Mayer said. "But there are tons of crashes in all our lives – I want people to know there is hope to go forward."

Nineteen-year-old Krista, 17-year-old Nikki and 12-year-old Jessica were on Highway 12 when they tried to pass a vehicle but instead collided with an oncoming minivan.

The van's occupants suffered minor injuries.

The three sisters were going to be bridesmaids in their brother's wedding days later.

"We are not the ones in control of what happens to us, but we do have a choice as to how we respond," Mayer said. "I'm honest with my struggles. I want people to know it's OK to struggle and feel that pain."

Mayer said the book examines faith, how to embrace life and how to find your own identity after loss.

"To go forward, we need to embrace the relationships that are in our life."


Eric Chaloux

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