Join us on the third Wednesday of every month from 7 to 8:30 pm a the Grief Resource Center beginning August 21, 2019. Be with others who have experienced grief and loss and desire to use works of fiction and nonfiction to gain understanding, learn compassion for many types of loss, and be part of a supportive community.

Many of these books can be purchased at Bookworks or found at your local Library.

It’s Ok that You’re Not Ok by Megan Devine – August 21, 2019

The subtitle of this book: Meeting grief and loss in a culture that doesn’t understand. The book is organized in four parts:  This is All Just as Crazy as You Think it is, What to do With Your Grief, What Friends and Family Don’t Know What to Do, and The Way Forward.  The author does not dismiss any of the grief journey and validates what grief is like while offering hope and insights to help people move forward.

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman – September 18, 2019

Ove is a fellow who might seem difficult to love maybe even to tolerate.  But like all of us, Ove is multifaceted and has many stories and characters that have filled his life.  We get to know those people and stories as the novel unfolds and before our eyes, an evolution is taking place.  The overarching message of the book is communities of caring people can be built. 

The First Phone Call from Heaven by Mitch Albom –  October 16, 2019

This book explores those thin places between the sacred and secular when people who have experienced loss start receiving phone calls from heaven. This fiction book brings comfort and healing to all  who have lost a beloved and longed to be able to speak to them ‘one more time.’ It will encourage and bring hope and comfort as we read the book together.

The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe – November 20, 2019

A memoir from the son of a woman being treated for pancreatic cancer.  Time waiting with his mother for her treatments led the pair to talk about books, not unusual for a book reading family but what set the stage for this book club of two was the timing and place.   

The Knitting Circle by Ann Hood – January 15, 2020

Loss forces change in people and often keeps them from remembering who they are. This is the story of a mother who lost her only child and the community that surrounded her and helped her tell her story.

Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck & Fortune by Roselle Lim – February 19, 2020

In this debut novel, we meet a young woman who is miles away from her mother and years away from their last conversation when the mother dies.  Natalie does go home when she hears the news.  She is unsure what the world of home will look like and how she will fit in.  Perhaps it will take a helping of courage and a change of heart to make sense of the past and step into the future.