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Death, Grief, Bereavement

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Any Kind of Luck at All

A memoir

read by Mary Fairhurst Breen
edition: Audiobook
also available: eBook
tagged: personal memoirs, lgbt, death, grief, bereavement


Can the strength accumulated over a lifetime of losses be enough to cope with a daughter’s death?

What was it like growing up as a smart girl in a world of 1970s suburban conformity? What family secrets were hidden behind the vertical blinds and sliding glass doors, or swept under the orange shag carpets? Is it possible to move from married mothe …


The Sister's Tale

by Beth Powning
edition: Paperback
also available: Paperback
tagged: siblings, historical, death, grief, bereavement

A novel of orphans and widows, terror and hope, and the relationships that hold women together when life falls apart.

With the trial of a murderer dominating the news, the respected wife of a New Brunswick sea captain is drawn into the troubling case of a British home child. Mortified that she must purchase the beautiful teenag …


Minerva's Owl

The Bereavement Phase of My Marriage

by Carol Matthews
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
tagged: death, grief, bereavement

"Of the numerous books that have been written about loss, Matthews has given us an original, startling and deeply thought-provoking work. . . What we are left with is a sense of peace -- the kind that comes with the knowledge that, even in the darkest places, we are not alone." -- Eve Joseph, author of In the Slender Margin

Minerva's Owl is a memoir …


The Book of Grief and Hamburgers

by Stuart Ross
edition: eBook
tagged: personal memoirs, jewish, essays, death, grief, bereavement


A poignant meditation on mortality from a beloved Canadian poet

A writer friend once pointed out that whenever Stuart Ross got close to something heavy and “real” in a poem, a hamburger would inevitably appear for comic relief. In this hybrid essay/memoir/poetic meditation, Ross shoves aside the heaping plate of burgers to wrestle with what it …


The Book of Malcolm

My Son's Life with Schizophrenia

by Fraser Sutherland, foreword by Carmine Starnino, afterword by John Pepall
edition: eBook
tagged: personal memoirs, death, grief, bereavement, literary, medical

A father reflects on the rich life of his son, who died suddenly at twenty-six after living with schizophrenia.

On the morning of Boxing Day 2009, the poet Fraser Sutherland and his wife found their son, Malcolm, dead in his bedroom in their house. He was twenty-six and had died from a seizure of unknown cause. Malcolm had been living with schizophr …


The Light Streamed Beneath It

A Memoir of Grief and Celebration

by Shawn Hitchins
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback Audiobook
tagged: lgbt, inspiration & personal growth, death, grief, bereavement, personal memoirs


A Publishers Weekly Notable Book
49th Shelf Recommended Read

A modern gay memoir exploring love, death, pain, and community that will resonate long after the last page.

“This is an embodied story of love, loss, and recovery — raw, candid, and filled with a sense of awe at human resilience.” — Shelf Awareness

“A timely story so human, so bea …

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