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Book Review: Griefland

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Griefland by Armen Bacon
Griefland: An Intimate Portrait of Love, Loss, and Unlikely Friendship
by Armen Bacon (Goodreads Author), Nancy Miller

Patti Hall‘s review

Sep 22, 13  ·
Recommended to Patti by: My cousin, Heather.
Recommended for: Anyone dealing with grief; their own or a loved one’s.
Read from September 17 to 22, 2013, read count: 1
I recently read, Griefland: An Intimate Portrait of Love, Loss, and Unlikely Friendship by Armen Bacon and Nancy Miller. It was a hard book for me to read, as I am in the middle of my own grief process. It is not a long book, but I took it in small bites.
These women are incredibly strong and honest. Most of their strength forms around their honesty; with themselves and each other. They did a wonderful job of synthesizing the experiences of new grief, with a grief a few years further along.
They are gentle with their grief. I have been to their website, and they are just as gentle and loving there, as they are in this book. I am glad that my cousin told me about this book.
The authors are lucky to have found such perfect grief partners. Readers are lucky to find a book that validates the crazy waves of emotions, yet puts such a steady, gentle heart to it.

Author: Patti Hall

Writer, daughter, sister, mom, niece, grani, and friend. Works-in-progress; 3 children's books, some poetry and a memoir series, "Souvenirs from My Heart." Pursuits of happiness include gardening, walking the beach, reading, writing, photography, traveling and genealogy. I am a widow (2009), lost my sis in 2012, my aunt and a precious grandson in 2013.

5 thoughts on “Book Review: Griefland

  1. “crazy waves of emotion,” sums it up well. Thanks for the book recommend.

  2. Thanks for this review. Griefland has been on my reading list for a while and you’re the first one I know who has read it. I read the Saturday Night Widows Club and it disappointed me for the way it encouraged “moving on and getting over it” without ever confronting the crazy waves of overwhelming emotions one experiences. We became widows the same year, Patti, and I keep hoping to read a book that captures my own experiences and affirms the love that continues despite death.

    • I cried through the the whole thing, Jill. It was hard. They both lost a child to overdose. It was their care for each other that got me, and like I said, they are so gentle. No move to “get over it” at all.
      I keep looking for a magic “cure” and still haven’t found it, but this was a big hug of a book.

  3. This is a book of hope. A book that I will read again.
    Thanks Patti!

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