Two women meet in the darkest hours of their lives and forge an extraordinary friendship that becomes the catalyst for exploring, enduring, and surviving the treacherous terrain of a place they call Griefland. From the most shattering of losses, they give readers the gift of hope.
While the focus of the book is on the acute moment-to-moment experience of grief, it also transcends that and speaks to the redemptive power of friendship, trust, intimacy, and love. Readers facing similar challenges will discover how they can face the journey ahead, and how the presence of a trusted friend can make all the difference.
Armen Bacon is a regular contributor/columnist for The Fresno Bee and Asbarez and has a daily radio feature titled, Live, Laugh, Love. For two decades she has served as a media spokeswoman for education. Armen resides in Fresno, California.
Nancy Miller has been an English and composition instructor at the university and junior college levels for more than seventeen years. She lives in Olympia, Washington.
Praise for Griefland:
“By exploring GRIEFLAND together, Armen Bacon and Nancy Miller remind us that the only way to traverse this terrain, so studded with landmines and bottomless chasms, is to hold someone’s hand. A journey through Griefland is not a welcome passage, but discovering that you don’t have to make it alone makes each step a little easier.”
–Carla Malden, author of AfterImage
“It’s the tragedy no one wants to imagine: the death of our child. These moms had me from the first chapter. From the honesty of their raw pain to the ways they helped each other through words that spoke of memories, anger, comfort, and eventual acceptance, I fell in love with the children they lost and the friendship they forged. You will learn, empathize, shed tears, share a laugh—and, if you need it, find comfort from the beautiful words that helped these two authors heal themselves and each other. Full of insight, emotion, and unforgettable images that honor the process of parenting and the value of connection.”
—Randye Kaye, author of Ben Behind His Voices: One Family’s Journey from the Chaos of Schizophrenia to Hope