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Kayak Morning: Reflections on Love, Grief and Small Boats Roger Rosenblatt’s Kayak Morning: reflections on love, grief, and small boats mirrors the structure of grief itself: nonlinear; highlighting times of confusion, searching, yearning, aching, and love; full of small revelations that prove useful; and forming a space we dip into and out of, as ...

The Escape of Sigmund Freud Eighty years old, sick with cancer, and reeling from the Nazis’ takeover of his beloved Vienna, Sigmund Freud, in 1936, faced a harsh reality: he had to leave. But where would he go, and how would he get there? What would he do with his ...

When My Mommy Cries Crystal Godfrey LaPoint’s tender story in When My Mommy Cries is one that has needed to be told for some time now. Like any good children’s author, LaPoint is able to succinctly express her theme, which is the subtitle of the book: “a story to ...

The Lonely Screams: Understanding the Complex World of the Lonely Loneliness is certainly a common human experience; even if you’ve been lucky enough to feel it only briefly, or rarely, you know the misery of it, the actual physical pain of it. Arising from a feeling of having inadequately meaningful social relationships, loneliness can become ...

Find the Upside of the Down Times Some people have all the bad luck, and by any measure Rob Pennington, author of Find the Upside of the Down Times, has had more than his fair share. He was shot in the chest, left with a staggering hospital bill, fired from his job, ...

Saying Goodbye: How Families Can Find Renewal Through Loss Terminal illness is a diagnosis that sends dreams and plans for the future into a tailspin.  Regardless if the patient is elderly or in the prime of life, this news changes everything for them and their family from that point on.  “Grief is an ongoing ...

Life Gets Better: The Unexpected Pleasures of Growing Older In the film Gigi, Maurice Chevalier sings about the advantages of aging in the song titled “I’m glad I’m not young anymore.”  Wendy Lustbader would agree with him.  As she puts it in this book, “Life gets better as we get older, on all levels ...

The Long Goodbye: A Memoir The Long Goodbye by poet and literary critic Meghan O’Rourke is a beautifully written and poignant memoir about grappling with a mother’s death. In the first of three sections, O’Rourke recounts her mother’s colon cancer diagnosis, her deterioration and eventual death on Christmas Day, 2008. Growing ...

Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading In her memoir Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading, author Nina Sankovitch recounts the year she spent reading a book a day in hopes of soothing her grief. Sankovitch’s oldest sister, Anne-Marie, whom she greatly admired and loved, passed away from ...

The Long Goodbye In her book, The Long Goodbye, Meghan O’Rourke explores the fifteen months following her mother’s death. In a culture that has few traditions and rituals for mourning, O’Rourke longs for something, anything, that will help her manage her grief. She describes the process of writing ...

Book Review: Mortal Bonds Losing one parent is devastating. But losing both parents within 13 days of each other? In his eBook memoir, Mortal Bonds, John Tsilimparis recounts his parents’ difficult deaths, his father from various health conditions and his mother from cancer. Tsilimparis describes their last months in ...

Resilience: How Your Inner Strength Can Set You Free from the Past Boris Cyrulnik is a renowned neuropsychiatrist and psychoanalyst, director of teaching at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the Université du Sud, Toulon-Var, France. At the age of 5, he lost both of his parents when they were deported to a World War ...

History of a Suicide: My Sister's Unfinished Life On the night of April 15, 1990, Jill Bialosky’s 21-year-old sister Kim came home from a bar in downtown Cleveland to the house where she still lived with her mother. She’d had a fight with her boyfriend. Her mother, a chronic insomniac, was upstairs watching ...

The House on Crash Corner Mostly anecdotal, “The House on Crash Corner,” by Mindy Greenstein, Ph.D., has a message if you “listen between the lines.” It’s a message on life and death, of understanding, simplicity, synchrony and relating. Divided into four sections, her essays begin with memories of early childhood and ...

The Truth About Grief: The Myth of Its Five Stages Elisabeth Kübler-Ross’s famous five stages — denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance — have been taught all over America and basically become part of our vernacular. In fact, in many ways these stages have been taken as gospel, as prescriptive phases that everyone goes through. But ...

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