SOCIAL SCIENCES
Notes for the Everlost: A Field Guide to Grief
Shambhala. Sept. 2018. 208p. ISBN 9781611805505. pap. $16.95; ebk. ISBN 9780834841383. SELF-HELP
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OrangeReviewStarIn this part memoir, part handbook for the bereaved, Inglis (The Dread Crew; If I Were a Zombie) tells the raw, emotive story of surviving the loss of a child. Acting as a companion on the road no one chooses to travel, the author guides readers in paving a way through grief during the first year, then integrating (not healing) a new reality with a future one. Discussions on how to interact with well-meaning friends as well as deal with guilt round out her moving account. Inglis freely expresses her innermost thoughts and rages, thus bonding with those who have experienced similar sorrows, making her narrative particularly effective and compelling.
VERDICT Highly recommended for anyone in the throes of grief, recent or past.

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