Bereavement Book Club

Talking about loss can be difficult. Try a softer approach and join our Bereavement Book Club. Gently encourage your own path of healing while discussing works of fiction that touch on the many ways we suffer from loss. The group is open to the community whether your loved one passed away on hospice or not. We would love to have you.

Talking about loss can be difficult. Try a softer approach and join our Bereavement Book Club. Gently encourage your own path of healing while discussing works of fiction that touch on the many ways we suffer from loss. The group is open to the community whether your loved one passed away on hospice or not. We would love to have you.

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman

Thursday, January 12

2 – 3:30 pm at Seasons of Hope Grief Center, 3102 NE 134th St., Vancouver, WA 98686

or

Thursday, January 19

4:30 – 5:30 pm at James Avery Grief Center, 1000 12th Ave., Longview, WA 98632

Summary: Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is seventy-seven years old and crazy—as in standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-strangers crazy. She is also Elsa’s best, and only, friend. At night Elsa takes refuge in her grandmother’s stories, in the Land-of-Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas, where everybody is different and nobody needs to be normal.

When Elsa’s grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters apologizing to people she has wronged, Elsa’s greatest adventure begins. Her grandmother’s instructions lead her to an apartment building full of drunks, monsters, attack dogs, and old crones but also to the truth about fairy tales and kingdoms and a grandmother like no other.

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry is told with the same comic accuracy and beating heart as Fredrik Backman’s bestselling debut novel, A Man Called Ove. It is a story about life and death and one of the most important human rights: the right to be different.

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

Thursday, February 9

2 – 3:30 pm at Seasons of Hope Grief Center, 3102 NE 134th St., Vancouver, WA 98686

or

Thursday, February 16

4:30 – 5:30 pm at James Avery Grief Center, 1000 12th Ave., Longview, WA 98632

Summary: Somewhere out beyond the edge of the universe there is a library that contains an infinite number of books, each one the story of another reality. One tells the story of your life as it is, along with another book for the other life you could have lived if you had made a different choice at any point in your life. While we all wonder how our lives might have been, what if you had the chance to go to the library and see for yourself? Would any of these other lives truly be better?

In The Midnight Library, Matt Haig’s enchanting blockbuster novel, Nora Seed finds herself faced with this decision. Faced with the possibility of changing her life for a new one, following a different career, undoing old breakups, realizing her dreams of becoming a glaciologist; she must search within herself as she travels through the Midnight Library to decide what is truly fulfilling in life, and what makes it worth living in the first place.

Prepare for Departure by Mark Chesnut

Thursday, March 9

2 – 3:30 pm at Seasons of Hope Grief Center, 3102 NE 134th St., Vancouver, WA 98686

or

Thursday, March 16

4:30 – 5:30 pm at James Avery Grief Center, 1000 12th Ave., Longview, WA 98632

Summary: At an early age, award-winning travel writer, Mark Chesnut, learned to dodge discomfort by jumping on the nearest plane, bus or car. That tactic proved especially useful when his single mother made it clear that there was no room for discussion about his gay identity.

Mark, overwhelmed with wanderlust, shoplifts in airports, avoids Southern Baptist salvation, acts like Hillary Clinton in a nursing home, and dresses in drag with his grandfather. He even creates an imaginary airline and flies away.

Now, as 89-year-old Eunice Chesnut moves to a New York City nursing home to be near her son, Mark’s obsession with travel takes a backseat as he embarks on the most emotional journey of all.

More than an end-of-life memoir, more than a collection of childhood memories and travel stories, Prepare for Departure showcases what happens when a permissive mother and a misfit son face death while revisiting life. Buckle your seatbelts for a witty, touching and darkly humorous trip – through time, loss, forgiveness and acceptance.

And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer by Fredrik Backman

Thursday, April 13

2 – 3:30 pm at Seasons of Hope Grief Center, 3102 NE 134th St., Vancouver, WA 98686

or

Thursday, April 20

4:30 – 5:30 pm at James Avery Grief Center, 1000 12th Ave., Longview, WA 98632

Summary: From the New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called OveMy Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s SorryBritt-Marie Was Here, and Anxious People comes an exquisitely moving portrait of an elderly man’s struggle to hold on to his most precious memories, and his family’s efforts to care for him even as they must find a way to let go.

With all the same charm of his bestselling full-length novels, here Fredrik Backman once again reveals his unrivaled understanding of human nature and deep compassion for people in difficult circumstances. This is a tiny gem with a message you’ll treasure for a lifetime.

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