Hay, Elizabeth, 1951- author
Elizabeth Hay, one of Canada's most beloved novelists has written a poignant, complex, and hugely resonant memoir about the shift she experienced between being her parents' daughter to their guardian and caregiver. As the daughter takes charge, and the writer takes notes, her mother and father are like two legendary icebergs floating south. Hay's eloquent memoir distills these stories into basic truths about parents and children and their efforts of understanding. With her uncommon sharpness and wit, Elizabeth Hay offers her insights into the peculiarities of her family's dynamics--her parents' marriage, sibling rivalries, miscommunications that spur decades of resentment all matched by true and genuine love and devotion.
"Dementia and Alzheimer's is a journey no one wants to take, yet life doesn't give us a choice. Author Mike Glenn's mom didn't want to be sick, and while she couldn't overcome the devastation of disease, she wasn't going down without a fight. She fought the illness, denying its presence. She fought the doctors, "Who were these idiots anyway?" And she fought him, "How come you think you're in charge now?" Coffee with Mom is a book about a mom's fight with dementia and the struggle of a son who wanted to help but didn't always know how. Most of their conversations--and sometimes battles--happened during morning coffee. This book isn't about knowing all of the answers. It is one son's journey with his mom--a mom with Alzheimer's and a son who did the best he could, and who wrote this story in hopes that you'll find a few laughs for your journey, realize you're not alone, and find the courage to do the best you can. So, pour yourself a cup of coffee, and join us on the journey. You'll find yourself in the laughter and tears of not knowing what to do next and making a decision that you hope works out, knowing it's the best you can do in the moment. In the end that's all the matters. "Do the best you can" is all love requires"--Amazon.
Oliver, Keith, 1954 or 1955- author
Downton, Dawn Rae, 1956-
Pausch, Jai, 1966-
Bauerschmidt, Tim, author
Arden, Jann, author
Thomson, Donna, 1955-
Carlson, Kristine, 1963-
Moss, Marissa, author
Davis, Erin (Radio personality), author
On the morning of May 11, 2015, Erin Davis, one of Canada's most beloved radio personalities, suffered a devastating blow - the loss of her daughter. Thus began Erin's journey of grieving out loud with her family, friends and listeners, and of demonstrating by example how to pick up and keep going after suffering the worst loss a parent can endure.
Just 27 hours after welcoming their first child, Madeline, into the world, Liz suffered a massive pulmonary embolism and died instantly. Faced with devastating grief and the responsibilities of being a new and single father, Matt found solace by returning to the small blog he had created to keep friends and family updated on Liz's pregnancy, which today has become a place for him to share with over a million curious readers the day-to-day story of two lives bound by loss and love.
Kalanithi, Paul, author
Oates, Joyce Carol, 1938-
The acclaimed author's intimate memoir about the unexpected death of her husband of 46 years and its wrenching, surprising aftermath.