“GriefLand” is not the type of book I would normally pull off the shelf, but I am sure glad I did. The book was written by South Puget Sound Community College professor Nancy Miller and her co-author Armen Bacon. The two paint a vivid portrait of what grief feels like and how it affects those who experience it.
I must admit I was a tad hesitant when Miller first approached me to tell me about this book. I feared reading it would bring back painful memories of my own experiences with death and dealing with loss. I had gotten to the point where it was not on my mind everyday, and I was afraid that I would be reminded of the loved ones I had lost and the pain I had experienced. As I read the essays and letters in the book, I was occasionally overcome with the sad realization that my memories of the ones I had lost were nothing more than that — memories. However, as I read further, I began to realize that I was not alone and that some good can come out of loss.
I think that anyone who has lost someone close to them should pick up a copy of this book and read it. Far from being a self-help book, “GriefLand” simply tells the tale of loss and mourning.