Virtual Book Discussion Series for Adults Bereaved in Childhood
Adults who experienced loss during childhood have few places to tell our stories, remember our loved ones, and connect with others. I want to change that!
In memory of my mom – Mary Lee Wimberg Morse, 1933-1970
Though my mom died of cancer when I was seven, I didn’t start grieving until my 20s and only much later realized that the loss will always be part of me. At this stage in my journey, I feel called to publicly honor my mom’s memory for the first time. Reading in a community seems like the perfect tribute, because my lifelong love of books and libraries originated with her.
Monthly book selections are a mix of new and older fiction as well as nonfiction. For each book, a live discussion takes place in a Zoom call. There is a dedicated private Facebook group where I post updates and questions about the books and you can comment as you feel moved. Feel free to join in one or both avenues of discussion as you prefer.
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Book Selections and Zoom Discussion Dates
The Art of Reassembly
by Peg Conway (2021)
Zoom Discussion: Sunday, October 16 at 2:00 pm EDT
If your mom is dead, is she still your mom? At twenty-five—nearly two decades after losing her mother to breast cancer as a little girl—an accident on a downtown street unleashes startling emotional reactions in Peg Conway, and this question starts to percolate. She comes to understand what she’s experiencing as long-buried childhood grief, and as she marries and becomes a mother herself, Peg’s intense feelings challenge her to offer herself compassion. Gradually she confronts how growing up surrounded by silence in a family that moved on from sorrow had caused her to suppress her mother’s memory for far too long. Ultimately, after excavating all the layers, Peg finds her mom again, and in the process discovers that truth, no matter how painful, heals.
Finding Meaning: The Sixth Stage of Grief
by David Kessler (2019)
Zoom Discussion: Sunday, November 13 at 2:00 pm EST
(Chapters 1-6,13) Many people look for “closure” after a loss. Kessler argues that it’s finding meaning beyond the stages of grief most of us are familiar with that can transform it into a more peaceful and hopeful experience.In this book, Kessler gives readers a roadmap to remembering those who have died with more love than pain.
Namaste the Hard Way: A Daughter's Journey to Find Her Mother on the Yoga Mat
by Sasha Brown-Worsham (2018)
Zoom Discussion: TBD (January or February, stay tuned)
When her mother died, 16 year old Brown ran as far away from yoga as she could until a running injury left her needing the practice. On the mat, she processed her grief, found her mother again. and discovered she was more like her than she thought, finding a deeper understanding of the practice, the breath, and the life her mother lost too young.
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