Join us on the third Wednesday of every month from 6:00 to 7:15pm pm via Zoom. 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. Call 505-344-4343 or contact Desiree.

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

November: The Secret Life of Bees Sue Monk Kidd Set in South Carolina during 1964, The Secret Life of Bees tells the story of a fourteen year old white girl, Lily Owens, whose life has been shaped around the blurred memory of the afternoon her mother was killed. When Lily’s fierce-hearted “stand-in mother,” Rosaleen, insults three racists in town, they escape to Tiburon, South Carolina—a town that holds the secret to her mother’s past. Taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters, Lily finds refuge in their mesmerizing world of bees, honey, and the Black Madonna. Lily starts a journey as much about her understanding of the world, as about the mystery surrounding the loss of her mother.

December: Laughing Through the Ugly Cry  Do you believe that joy is a choice? Dawn Barton does. She’s an upbeat Southerner with good hair and a successful business background, but she’s had more heartache than most of us can imagine. Laughing Through the Ugly Cry is a collection of honest and sometimes raw stories. Dawn throws an arm around readers as she brings them along on her journey through the loss of a child, divorce, cancer, rape, the death of her only sibling, her husband’s substance abuse, and finding her way back to Jesus in the middle of it all.

January: Postscript- Cecilia Ahern- The PS, I Love You Club. These are the six words written on a card handed to Holly Kennedy. They’re words that are engraved on her heart – because PS, I Love You is how her husband, Gerry, signed his last letters to her, letters that mark a year she will never forget.

February: Anxiety – the missing stage of grief by Claire Bidwell Smith A groundbreaking book exploring the little-known yet critical connections between anxiety and grief, with practical strategies for healing, following the renowned Kübler-Ross stages model

March: In Praise of Paths: Walking through Time and Nature by Torbjørn Ekelund

April: Say Her Name by  Francisco Goldman : The acclaimed author’s intimate autobiographical novel of a marriage cut tragically short is “a beautiful love story, and an extraordinary story of loss” (Colm Tóibín).

May: Levels of Life by Julian Barnes a book about ballooning, photography, love and loss; about putting two things, and two people, together, and about tearing them apart. One of the judges who awarded Barnes the 2011 Booker Prize described him as “an unparalleled magus of the heart.” This book confirms that opinion.

Facilitators:  Connie Griffin has an extensive knowledge about books and is the children’s bookseller at Bookworks and Desiree Woodland is a grief support group facilitator for Survivors of Suicide.

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