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Saying Goodbye [Kindle Edition]

Diana Amadeo , Ann Boutte , Dianna Calareso , Alison Cameron , Eva Maria Chapman , Roberta Beach Jacobson , Denise Emanuel Clemen , Stephen Parrish , Julie Rember , Mike O'Mary
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"Tender perspectives helping readers with their own goodbyes." Midwest Book Review

"The stories are about love, really, not sadness. Despite all the sadness and grief that come with saying goodbye, there is love and joy and comedy on the Other Side." Gretchen Little,

Saying Goodbye is a collection of true stories about saying goodbye to the people, places, and things in our lives. The stories are universal. They are incredibly powerful and moving. And they are surprisingly uplifting and cathartic.

These stories show that there is sadness in goodbyes, but there is also irony and humor. We cry about the sad stories, we laugh at the funny ones, and along the way, we learn valuable lessons about how we say goodbye -- sometimes under the most difficult of circumstances. We learn because the contributors are unflinchingly open and honest when it comes to sharing very personal stories about how they and their loved ones say goodbye. Taken together, these stories serve as amazing examples of how to say goodbye with grace, dignity, and good humor.

Saying Goodbye is the first anthology in a new series from Dream of Things intended to fill the gap between popular anthologies of stories that are "short and sweet" and the Best American Essays series, which are longer form. Dream of Things anthologies are collections of quality stories between 500 and 2,500 words. Instead of short and sweet, these stories are short and deep.

"I recommend it for any teacher of death and dying classes. I also recommend it for anyone who is struggling with a loss - no matter what kind." Professor Jann Adams, Department of Psychology, College of Idaho

Editorial Reviews


Tender perspectives helping readers with their own goodbyes. If you have ever had to deal with loss, read this book. It will make you feel better. -- Christina Johns, Midwest Book Review

The stories are about love, really, not sadness. Despite all the sadness and grief that come with saying goodbye, there is love and joy and comedy on the Other Side. -- Gretchen Little,

This book gets to the heart of what I teach in my class on death and dying - that life is filled with loss of all kinds and we can learn from each one and ultimately experience life more fully. The stories in this book do a wonderful job of showing that out of loss there are new beginnings. I recommend it for any teacher of death and dying classes. I also recommend it for anyone who is struggling with a loss - no matter what kind. -- Professor Jann Adams, Department of Psychology, College of Idaho

Life is full of goodbyes. Some are painful, but some are downright humorous. Saying Goodbye is an anthology of short (true) stories about people saying goodbye to a variety of people, places and things. The authors vary as much as their subjects, and this collection does a nice job of showcasing how different people have so many different experiences with saying farewell. -- Book Nook Club

This is a great book. There are many anthologies out there, lots with great short stories, but Saying Goodbye is about much more. It's about memories. There are heartfelt memories, humourous memories, some extremely personal memories. Some really made me smile. Others brought tears to my eyes. -- UK author Melanie Sherratt, High Heels and Book Deals

From the Author

A note from the editors: When we put out a call for submissions for stories about "saying goodbye," we didn't know what we would get. And frankly, we were worried that the book might end up being a real downer to read! But as the stories poured in from around the world, we began to realize that "saying goodbye" is something universal that we all experience on multiple levels. Many of the stories in this collection are sad, but many are also funny--and amazingly, there is often humor in even the sad stories. In the end, Saying Goodbye is an uplifting collection of essays that is cathartic and healing to read.

Here is an overview of the 31 essays in Saying Goodbye:
  1. In "Bridget," a young man says goodbye to the memory of a little girl who has haunted him since childhood.
  2. In "The Evolution of Your Goodbyes," the author lovingly recounts visits with her father as he drifts away via Alzheimer's disease.
  3. In "Daddy's Request," a daughter learns that her father can sense things, even if he can't see them.
  4. "Intersections" traces the comings and goings of a woman, her mother, and her daughter.
  5. "The Sea Monster" begins with a brother and sister building sand castles on the beach, and ends with a woman who won't go back to the sea.
  6. "Benediction: Mom's Last Scrabble Game" tells the story of an uncanny Scrabble victory by a woman in pink bedroom slippers.
  7. "Love Letters" is the heart-wrenching story of a widower's decision to honor his promise to his late wife about their love letters.
  8. "The Skid Row Float" recounts the humorous procession of sofas that the author's family inherits from a series of lovely old great aunts.
  9. "Dawn" is a wonderful tribute from one strong friend to another.
  10. "Holding Him Softly" is an intimate look at a young woman's decision to give up her son for adoption.
  11. In "Dreaming as the Summers Die," an adopted daughter clings to memories of her "real" mother.
  12. In "The Lilac Bush," the scent of lilacs from a sidewalk stand in New York City takes the author back to the lilac bush in the backyard of her childhood home--and to memories of her mother.
  13. In "We Are Gathered," a wedding reminds us of those who are no longer with us--and of the importance of celebrating life.
  14. In "Finding the Words," a four-year-old boy impresses his mother with his grasp of the situation at a funeral.
  15. In "The Santa Sack," a young man leaves home, and a mother tucks away the sack that held his Christmas presents each year.
  16. In "A Tree of Life," children climb and a falcon roosts in a tree that sprang from ashes.
  17. In "At Gilda's," a woman teaches yoga at a cancer center, and learns lessons about living with disease.
  18. In "Ghosthouse," a woman returns to the neighborhood where she grew up, only to find her old house has gone missing!
  19. In "Pickles," the deliberate, joyful labor of a dying woman comes to fruition when two sisters find their mother's pickles while cleaning out her refrigerator.
  20. In "Memorial Day," a woman teeters between her marriage and an affair before finding purpose and a reason for "wide-eyed, deliberate living."
  21. In "Goodbye Upstairs," a man decides to clean house--before it's too late.
  22. In "Dummy Dora," a little girl has trouble saying goodbye to her pacifier.
  23. In "Lotus, Falling," a mother's final days are akin to "a lotus blossom falling gently to the ground."
  24. "Turning in My Keys" is the last act as a teacher retires after 37 years in the classroom.
  25. In "Saying Goodbye to a Faithful Companion," a writer laments the departure of his favorite writing outfit--and old jogging suit that his wife decides is a little too old.
  26. In "Puppy Love," a woman's time with her new puppy passes too quickly.
  27. In "The Guest in My Mother's Home," a daughter adapts to her new role as a "guest" when she returns home.
  28. In "The Pink Thing," you'll be delighted when the author finds the lost "pink thing"--and when you find out what the "pink thing" is!
  29. In "A Bloody Good Party," you can't help but admire the moxie of a man who helps plan his own funeral!
  30. In "The Mumo Letters," a young woman keeps her late grandmother up-to-date on family developments via a series of letters.
  31. In "Au Revoir Jane," a young woman learns from an older woman about how to live in style.

Product Details

  • File Size: 308 KB
  • Print Length: 232 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0982579446
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Dream of Things (March 18, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004SPW2LS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #578,223 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Bob
One of the finest collections of true stories I've read on saying "goodbye" to places, people and things in the lives of over thirty writers from around the world. It includes stories that deal with death, sadness and others that will make you laugh because they illustrate humorous dilemmas of daily life. The many ways humanity says goodbye in this book will touch you in a special way. I guarantee it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended to those dealing with a loss October 19, 2010
This book illustrates in precise compact essays that loosing someone or something is universal. With talented, thoughtful contributors from around the globe, the book offers a reader comfort and understanding when dealing with the myriad of emotions swirling around a loss in one's life. Be it the loss of a loved one, a pet, a job or a home, everyone wants to know they aren't alone. Saying Goodbye can show you that.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stirs up so many emotions October 19, 2010
By Maria
'Saying Goodbye'is an exceptional collection of short stories from around the world, all dealing with saying goodbye. These stories are not all sad - some are funny, some are hopeful but most of all, they're all thought-provoking. A beautiful read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Of Loss and Love October 22, 2010
Ending relationships with people, pet or even objects can be the most wrenching experience of the human condition. In this collection writers from all over the world tell how they dealt with those poignant experiences. The literary quality of these tales is of the highest standard...they are touching, tender and free of treacle.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for classes August 25, 2011
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This is an excellent book for teachers of classes covering topics of loss. I used this in my class "Death & Dying" to help the traditional age college students realize that everyone deals with loss, and that death is not the only type of loss. Since many of my students had not experienced the loss of a significant person, this book helped them to relate to the topic. The students loved the book and I included many of their general comments on the Dream of Things webpage ( I highly recommend this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring stories beautifully presented November 2, 2010
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[A collection of goodbye stories beautifully told by everyday people, each unique in itself, yet about an experience common to all of us. As I read these heart-felt stories, I remembered my own goodbyes, and I was comforted knowing that I'm not alone.Wonderful book.[ASIN:1432749498 Silent Echoes]]
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Throughout our lives we face many moments when, like it or not we are forced to say "goodbye". Reading this book will bring you comfort as you identify with the common threads of pain and sorrow we all share that are a natural part of saying goodbye. Without a doubt you will shed a few tears as you turn the pages but be prepared for a sprinkling of comic relief!!! This is a thought provoking and thoroughly enjoyable book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
An excellent read as authors from around the world have compiled this anthology of the way they handle their feelings when losses occur. Some are humorous and others are heartwarming, but all will calm a sinking spirit and lift a saddened soul. Easily recommended for all ages.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars The stories in here were good, some were very short
The stories in here were good, some were very short. The thing I didn't like about it was the length. By the end of 31 stories, I felt my interest waning. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Domino
4.0 out of 5 stars Very touching
What wonderful stories! A few of them made me laugh. Still others made me cry but almost all of them touched my heart.
Published 19 months ago by paula cyrus
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection of short stories
I thought this was a somewhat unusual choice of subject matter, but having had quite a bit of training in grief and loss counseling, I was intrigued. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Vicki L
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Read!
"Saying Goodbye" was truly a great collection of short stories. Although many were told about endings they were touching and inspirational. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Victoria
2.0 out of 5 stars Not really about saying goodbye.......
This book is a compilation of essays; seemingly heartfelt essays from the perspective of each author. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Kathy Irvan
4.0 out of 5 stars Many powerful stories of goodbye
Many touching stories of people losing loved ones and leaving a part of their life behind. How they said goodbye and moved on. Read more
Published on November 20, 2012 by clg
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully human
I am half way through the stories and I am enjoying this book immensely. Each "goodbye" is precious, echoing a whole myriad of circumstances that we can at some point make our own. Read more
Published on November 12, 2012 by Silvina
5.0 out of 5 stars Reminder of Life
I really enjoyed reading the stories in Saying Goodbye. I got reminded that it was ok to laugh as well as cry. Read more
Published on November 12, 2012 by Tammy Hall
4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful to Nurses
I really enjoyed this book. As a nurse in LTC I deal with patients passing away alot. I am usually the one the family looks to for answers many times and this book has helped... Read more
Published on November 12, 2012 by hhurley
5.0 out of 5 stars What are you looking for?
I decided to read this book to help me. I have a medical condition I sometimes find difficult to deal with. Read more
Published on November 12, 2012 by Ambre
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