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Saying Goodbye: to the people, places, and things in our lives Paperback – October 10, 2010
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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
Here is an overview of the 31 essays in Saying Goodbye:
- In "Bridget," a young man says goodbye to the memory of a little girl who has haunted him since childhood.
- In "The Evolution of Your Goodbyes," the author lovingly recounts visits with her father as he drifts away via Alzheimer's disease.
- In "Daddy's Request," a daughter learns that her father can sense things, even if he can't see them.
- "Intersections" traces the comings and goings of a woman, her mother, and her daughter.
- "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.
- "Benediction: Mom's Last Scrabble Game" tells the story of an uncanny Scrabble victory by a woman in pink bedroom slippers.
- "Love Letters" is the heart-wrenching story of a widower's decision to honor his promise to his late wife about their love letters.
- "The Skid Row Float" recounts the humorous procession of sofas that the author's family inherits from a series of lovely old great aunts.
- "Dawn" is a wonderful tribute from one strong friend to another.
- "Holding Him Softly" is an intimate look at a young woman's decision to give up her son for adoption.
- In "Dreaming as the Summers Die," an adopted daughter clings to memories of her "real" mother.
- 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.
- In "We Are Gathered," a wedding reminds us of those who are no longer with us--and of the importance of celebrating life.
- In "Finding the Words," a four-year-old boy impresses his mother with his grasp of the situation at a funeral.
- In "The Santa Sack," a young man leaves home, and a mother tucks away the sack that held his Christmas presents each year.
- In "A Tree of Life," children climb and a falcon roosts in a tree that sprang from ashes.
- In "At Gilda's," a woman teaches yoga at a cancer center, and learns lessons about living with disease.
- In "Ghosthouse," a woman returns to the neighborhood where she grew up, only to find her old house has gone missing!
- 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.
- In "Memorial Day," a woman teeters between her marriage and an affair before finding purpose and a reason for "wide-eyed, deliberate living."
- In "Goodbye Upstairs," a man decides to clean house--before it's too late.
- In "Dummy Dora," a little girl has trouble saying goodbye to her pacifier.
- In "Lotus, Falling," a mother's final days are akin to "a lotus blossom falling gently to the ground."
- "Turning in My Keys" is the last act as a teacher retires after 37 years in the classroom.
- 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.
- In "Puppy Love," a woman's time with her new puppy passes too quickly.
- In "The Guest in My Mother's Home," a daughter adapts to her new role as a "guest" when she returns home.
- 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!
- In "A Bloody Good Party," you can't help but admire the moxie of a man who helps plan his own funeral!
- In "The Mumo Letters," a young woman keeps her late grandmother up-to-date on family developments via a series of letters.
- In "Au Revoir Jane," a young woman learns from an older woman about how to live in style.
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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 morePublished 16 months ago by Domino
What wonderful stories! A few of them made me laugh. Still others made me cry but almost all of them touched my heart.Published on April 7, 2013 by Kindle Customer
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 morePublished on December 12, 2012 by Vicki L
"Saying Goodbye" was truly a great collection of short stories. Although many were told about endings they were touching and inspirational. Read morePublished on December 4, 2012 by Victoria
This book is a compilation of essays; seemingly heartfelt essays from the perspective of each author. Read morePublished on December 3, 2012 by Kathy Irvan
Many touching stories of people losing loved ones and leaving a part of their life behind. How they said goodbye and moved on. Read morePublished on November 20, 2012 by clg
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 morePublished on November 12, 2012 by Silvina
I really enjoyed reading the stories in Saying Goodbye. I got reminded that it was ok to laugh as well as cry. Read morePublished on November 12, 2012 by Tammy Hall
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 morePublished on November 12, 2012 by hhurley