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Product Details

  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Dream of Things (October 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982579446
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982579442
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,599,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book gets to the heart of what I teach about death and dying - that life is filled with loss and we can learn from each one and ultimately experience life more fully. These stories show that out of loss there are new beginnings. I recommend it for anyone who is struggling with loss. -- Jann Adams, Dept of Psychology, College of Idaho

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, Oct. 18, 2010

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, Squidoo.com Lens, Oct. 29, 2010

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, Nov. 5, 2010

"Saying Goodbye" 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. There are many different subjects covered too. It wasn't, as you would imagine, all about loved ones dying. There was reference to someone leaving home to flee the nest, an old sofa, a house, even favourite, well-worn, jogging pants. One of my favourites was "The Santa Sack," the story of someone moving out and getting on with his life and what the sack meant to both parent and child in sentiment. This anthology brought back memories as I read it. So much so that it has inspired me to write my own tales of Saying Goodbye. -- UK author Melanie Sherratt, High Heels and Book Deals, Nov. 22, 2010

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.

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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.
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I love collections of short stories, easy to pick up and put down as time for reading permits.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bob on October 18, 2010
Format: Paperback
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 By TediBots on October 19, 2010
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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 By Maria on October 19, 2010
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'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 By Theresa J. Elders on October 22, 2010
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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 By Prof and spouse. on 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 (dreamofthings.com). I highly recommend this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Marilyn G. Fowler on 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 By Slug on December 20, 2010
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In the chapter "Evolution of Your Goodbyes" Ruth Schiffmann lets you in on the bittersweet feeling of both finding and losing a loved one at the same time. Wonderfully written.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Fox on November 4, 2010
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'Saying Goodbye' is as heartwarming as it is heartwrenching. I truly enjoyed reading the personal accounts of a few authors with a special nod to Kate Dernocoeur.
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