Tag Archives: Grief

Grendel’s Mother, Archetype of Grief

Thursday I report today on a memorable encounter I had with an African American alum upon my first post-retirement return to St. Mary’s College of Maryland. I was talking with a former colleague when Candace looked in and began reminiscing. I didn’t recognize her, even after she told me her name, but something clicked when […]

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San Luis Rey, a Bridge of Love

Wilder’s “Bridge of San Luis Rey” is a powerful book for those who have lost friends.

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Trying (and Failing) to Shield Our Love

Stephen Crane captures the agony of loss.

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Terabithia and Coping with Loss

Last week my library discussion group talked about the children’s classic and Newberry award winner Bridge to Terabithia (1977), by Katherine Paterson.  It has been our tradition each December to choose a children’s book in honor of the holiday season. Bridge to Terabithia, we discovered, fits the season well.  Warning: I reveal the ending in […]

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