Comfort

Comfort

A Journey Through Grief

Book - 2008
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In 2002, Ann Hood's five-year-old daughter Grace died suddenly from a virulent form of strep throat. Stunned and devastated, the family searched for comfort in a time when none seemed possible. Hood--an accomplished novelist--was unable to read or write. She could only reflect on her lost daughter--"the way she looked splashing in the bathtub ... the way we sang 'Eight Days a Week.'" One day, a friend suggested she learn to knit. Knitting soothed her and gave her something to do. Eventually, she began to read and write again. A semblance of normalcy returned, but grief, in ever new and different forms, still held the family. What they could not know was that comfort would come, and in surprising ways. Hood traces her descent into grief and reveals how she found comfort and hope again--a journey to recovery that culminates with a newly adopted daughter.
Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton & Co., 2008.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780393064568
Branch Call Number: 155.937092 HOO
Characteristics: 188 pages ; 19 cm

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philiphome
Sep 17, 2012

This Heart retching book is THE book to give someone who has lost a child,especially when one has no words to say. The author writes of her agony over the sudden death of her five yr.old daughter. She says there are no words to convey agony. Yet, as she writes her life of loss , she validates the emotions of others in a similar circumstance. Truly stunning.

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kathyjp
May 30, 2012

An amazingly honest and gut-wrenching memoir of grief and moving forward. It's a beautiful portrait of the passionate love a mother has for a child and the gaping wound left at the most tragic kind of loss.

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