"Be a man."
Society expects men to take charge, get things done and keep their emotions in check. But what happens when their best friend dies and they're not allowed to grieve?
In Friend Grief and Men: Defying Stereotypes you'll meet men whose friendships shaped their lives. Some lost a best friend. Some lost dozens of friends. Their stories of grieving and healing will change your perception of what it means to 'be a man'.
- A former actor turned rabbi reflecting on the importance of his friends.
- A professional hockey player whose friend’s suicide prompted him to start an organization to support former hockey players in need.
- Long-time survivors in the AIDS community, whose needs are very similar to those of military veterans.
- A sportswriter whose best friend was the first person close to him to die.
- And more...
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About the Author
After earning a master's degree in Speech and Dramatic Art from the University of Iowa, I moved to Chicago, where I worked professionally as a stage manager, director and administrator in addition to being a founding board member of the League of Chicago Theatres. I discovered I was good at fundraising, and ventured out on my own, raising millions for arts, educational and AIDS service organizations, and later became an award-winning sales consultant of children's books. But when a concussion ended my sales career, I decided to finally keep a promise to a dying friend to write a book.
That book became a series of six small books: the Friend Grief series.
I'm currently working on a more challenging book: Fag Hags, Divas and Moms: The Legacy of Straight Women in the AIDS Community, coming in 2017. It's a labor of love for me to recognize the contributions of amazing women from around the world who stepped up to the challenge of fighting this devastating virus.
The Friend Grief books are included in the Illinois and first national curated collections from Library Journal's SELF-e Program and I've been honored to be named their first Ambassador. In addition, my essay, "Long-Term Survivors" was recognized with the 2015 Christopher Hewitt Award for Nonfiction.
My articles have appeared on a variety of grief and writing blogs as well as Windy City Times, Chicago Tribune and Huffington Post. In my copious spare time, I feed my reading habit by reviewing a wide variety of books on BroadwayWorld.com. A native St. Louisan, I'm a lifelong Cardinals fan and will gladly take on any comers in musical theatre trivia. My blog, FriendGrief, was named one of the top ten grief support websites in 2012.
I'm a card-carrying member of the Alliance of Independent Authors, Chicago Writers Association and ACT UP/NY (just kidding - we don't have membership cards in ACT UP/NY).
Table of ContentsTable of Contents
2- Do Men Really Grieve Differently?
3-."It Changed My Life Forever."
4 - More Than Sports
5 - How Deep Are Their Friendships?
6 - "All My Friends Are Dead."
7 - "Ask God to Love Him, Too."
8 - Veterans of Two Very Different Wars
9 - A Life Dedicated To Your Friends
10 - Final Thoughts