While the death of a parent is always painful, losing both is life-altering. When author Allison Gilbert lost both parents at age 32, she could not find any books that spoke to her with the same level of compassion and reassurance that she found in the support group she belonged to, so she decided to write one of her own. The result is a sensitive and candid portrayal of loss that brings together experiences from famous and ordinary grief-stricken sons and daughters that explores the regrets, heartache and sometimes, relief that accompanies pain and healing.
Always Too Soon provides a range of intimate conversations with those - famous and not - who have lost both parents, providing listeners with a source of comfort and inspiration as they learn to negotiate their new place in the world. Contributors include Hope Edelman, Geraldine Ferraro, Dennis Franz, Barbara Ehrenreich, Yogi Berra, Rosanne Cash, and Ice-T, as well as those who lost parents to the Oklahoma City bombing, the World Trade Center bombings, drunk driving, and more.
“Am I going crazy?” is answered in this book with the quiet affirmation, “No, you are only grieving.”
People assume that because losing our parents is inevitable, we'll be prepared for it. We’re usually not.
Losing your parents suddenly, having it drawn out, or what age you are don’t matter, it’s always painful.
These stories offer comfort in seeing how others deal with loss and suggestions for coping. These can include areas such as how to manage family celebrations in the absence of someone we deeply loved, or more specific issues, such as who will sit in the chair that Dad normally sat in every Thanksgiving.
Ice-T’s story surprised me, I didn’t even realize it was Ice-T until he mentioned Coco. It’s very humble and down to earth. All the stories are.
This book is a literary support group. Most grief and loss books are really clinical—not this one.
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Where does Always Too Soon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
What did you like best about this story?
I felt less alone
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
I enjoyed the entire book
Any additional comments?
I am grieving and this book helped me.