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The Secret Life of Grief: A Memoir

The Secret Life of Grief: A Memoir

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Winner of the Nautilus Silver Book Award

When Tanja Pajevic's mother died, she felt alone and unsupported. She didn't want her grief to sideline her, as it had when her father died. This time around, she wanted to grieve consciously.

But how?

In a society that no longer has clear rituals or traditions around grief, Tanja set out to create her own. As the weeks and months passed, Tanja, a first-generation Serbian-American woman, delved into her anger, rage and sorrow, as well as explored the complicated issue of forgiveness. Along the way, she explored the rise and fall of communal mourning in the United States, as well as its roots in the current medical model.

Tanja also examined ingrained family patterns she was ready to release--all while raising two young children and dealing with a husband facing his own challenges. Throughout, she reassessed and reconfigured her life, reconnected with her true self and found redemption and healing, as well as joy.

Written in fierce, honest prose, The Secret Life of Grief is a book for anyone who isn't willing to "pull it together" and act like nothing's wrong. The Secret Life of Grief is a book for those of us who believe in the transformative power of loss. And it's a book for those of us who believe in love.

Author: Tanja Pajevic
Publisher: Abbondanza Press
Published: 10/13/2016
Pages: 230
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.65lbs
Size: 8.50h x 5.50w x 0.52d
ISBN: 9780986303135

Review Citation(s):
BlueInk Review 07/16/2018

About the Author
Pajevic, Tanja: - Tanja Pajevic received her M.F.A. from Indiana University and has taught at the University of Colorado Denver, the Community College of Denver and Indiana University, as well as in the larger community. She is the author of 9 Steps to Heal Your Resentment and Reboot Your Marriage, a self-help book based on her blog Reboot This Marriage: Two adults. Two kids. One year to reboot this marriage. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Huffington Post, Gawker and Scary Mommy, as well as in literary magazines. Tanja is the recipient of a Fulbright grant, Hemingway Fellowship, Kraft Fellowship and a faculty award from the University of Colorado Denver for her project "Writing as Healing." Inspired by the challenges we all face but rarely discuss, Tanja leads writing workshops around life's big transitions. She lives in Boulder, CO, with her husband and their two boys.

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