-Psychotherapist and Counsellor at Christian Counselling Services and Toronto Counselling Centre for Teens.- Member of the Educational Resource Team at Toronto Centre for Pastoral Counselling Education- Author and Experiential Grief student.
About Vince Leitao
Death and grief are always difficult to think and talk about, more so when the death is that of one’s own child. However, in “Jonathan, do you know me?” Vince Leitao the author takes an alternative approach to death in dealing with the loss of his beloved son. He looks at death not as the end of life, but rather as passing through another milestone of our soul’s eternal journey. The author makes a synthesis of the teachings on death from religious, spiritual and cultural perspectives through his personal reflections and study. The fruit of his personal growth is this book, which speaks about death in terms of eternal life, transcendence, mortality, relationships, awareness, and consciousness. In writing about his experience and his deeper insight into death, pain, suffering, and the loss of his beloved son, the author offers hope and inspiration to those who are grieving. Vince Leitao, father of Jonathan, was born in Goa, India, and now lives in Richmond Hill, Canada. After a successful career in the pharmaceutical industry, Vince has transformed himself into an experiential student of grief. He explores and writes about death and its inevitability while at the same time living life as fully as possible. He volunteers at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, and reaches out to parents who are experiencing loss, grief and pain, by witnessing through his own experience that life does not end in death. Rather, life transcends the boundaries of time, space and death itself. He has led an effort to amend the Employment Standards Act in Ontario with Jonathan’s Law – a bill dedicated to the memory of his son that requests a provision of a 52-week bereavement leave for parents whose child dies of any cause other than crime.- Raymond AntaoWe are all affected by death, either of a loved one or our own. How can we deal courageously, authentically and spiritually with death? What can we do when the thought of death frightens us or is breaking our heart?If you are walking this difficult path, I hope that my experience will comfort, inspire and enlighten you. When my sixteen-year-old son, Jonathan, was diagnosed with liver cancer, my family, I and countless others were praying for him to be healed, sincerely believing in “Ask, and you will receive.” But as Jonathan continued to deteriorate physically, I experienced extreme grief and pain which was transcended by a spiritual awakening: a new realization of God, self, life, death, prayer and immortality. My first book “Jonathan, do you know me?” Is a recount of my experience with my son and the realization of eternal life he helped me attain. Proceeds from this book go to support SickKids Foundation Toronto and it can be purchased on amazon.com , amazon.ca , amazon sites in europe as well as here on my website. The book will make you think and bring you to a realization that death is not what it is made out to be. May you experience peace, strength and the love of those you love as you walk your path. Thank you for visiting my website, I hope you find it helpful. - Vince Leitao.