It has happened: Death and its Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Beautiful Lessons has been released and is now available for purchase.
Based on the feedback from the early readers, I’m very excited for this to land in the hands of those it will benefit.
Who is that? The bigger question is given that we all will interface intimately with death– who wouldn’t benefit from it?
This book is a gentle exploration of all things death and how we can reimagine what we want for ourselves and our loved ones. This read takes you behind the doors of conversations surrounding death and grief that aren’t always spoken out loud.
This book is not a professional’s oration based on scientific study. Within these pages you will find lessons from the common threads people have shared and professional and personal experience over the past 40 years.
Here is one of the Goodreads reviews:
I've lived, breathed, and written extensively about grief and bereavement for more than five years and was blown away by Becky Aud-Jennison's new release. In the same raw yet gentle approach of her podcast, Death and its Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Beautiful Lessons gives the reader a safe place to sit with the reality that confronts us all.
One of the "truths" about life in The AfterLoss is that not everyone gets it. We learn quickly that the solidarity and compassion from our fellow bereaved are invaluable. Aud-Jennison doesn't shy away from the harsh reality but serves it up with a hot cuppa tea, a hug, and a cozy blanket. Field Notes is my new go-to resource to gift to the newly bereaved and those who love them.
The book begins by looking at society’s treatment of death and explores alternative choices surrounding end of life and death. Not only does this book take you on a walk through the many shadows of grief, but also the ensuing transformation that frequently occurs.
Understanding the trauma responses we experience surrounding death, and that are especially lurking throughout this pandemic time, there are research-based simple trauma mitigation techniques sprinkled throughout the book as well. Techniques that I have seen work miracles for those greatly suffering.
Where is the book available?
Almost everywhere you buy your books.
If your favorite local bookshop doesn’t have it on the shelves you can still order through them to support local. Of course it’s on the many typical online booksellers including Amazon, Walmart, Barnes and Noble— bookshop.org is an indie online resource in the US. Down under they can be ordered through the Book Depository, biblio.co.nz, Mighty Ape, Fishpond, Booktopia, Amazon.au, and more.
For some reason the audio book hasn’t shown up on Audible yet, but you can get a copy of the audio book HERE. Read by yours truly. Below is a link to the first chapter of the book that I shared on the podcast.
If you’ve shared a story, this is your book.
If you’ve experienced death, are afraid of death, are interfacing with people in this terrain, have found yourself not knowing what to say or how to show up in the throes of death, are needing a death and grief ice-breaker … you’ve found a safe haven in these pages. It’s a beautiful gift for when there are no words …
In the previous post will find a link to a short chat between my podcast co-host where we had a “behind the book” discussion.
You will also find a link to the previous podcast episode.
We are in the midst of an Omicron wave which has NZ, for the first time, experiencing thousands of cases a day. Unfortunately that has us postponing any type of release gathering, but we hope to reconvene for that when and then the stars spoke: a memoir through the lens of death is out May 10th.
In the meantime, please raise a glass or light a candle and help send intentions into the world that this book lands in the hands of those who need it.
Oh, and leaving a review wherever you buy your book is a lovely way to support the book, and in turn, the project.
Thank you deeply for your support.