"I sat with Amy as she struggled to breathe.
I sat with her as she took her last breath.
I sat with her as her heart beat its last.
I sat with her as the nurses cleaned her and put her in a bag.
I sat with her until the transport guys took her away.
I am more afraid of NOT grieving than I am of grief."
With these words and the feeling that "we don't talk about death enough," author John R. Worsley began posting on Facebook about suddenly losing his wife at age 50. As days passed, he shared specific ways grief was hitting him in the moment — and what he missed about her, what he was learning, how he was healing — and, of course, he shared his passionate love for the woman he lost. This book presents those Facebook posts, along with reflections and commentary.
My Heart Has No Home provides a compelling moment-by-moment account: a poignant portrait of loss and the grieving process that anyone can relate to. With a unique and strong voice, John R. Worsley is unstinting in his deep emotional reflections, and achingly honest about his life struggles with his new identity as a widower.
This work displays modern masculinity at its best, offering a shining example of friendship and connection, community and mutual support. Inspiring, vulnerable, truthful, sad, and joyful.
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About the Author
John R. Worsley has always loved playing with words. Growing up, he read constantly, engaged in wordplay, and actually enjoyed writing essays in school.
In high school he began to see himself as a writer, thanks to a creative writing class and teacher encouragement. In college, he tried to become a geophysicist, but somehow ended up with a job writing press releases and a B.A. in linguistics, after which he stumbled into IT. Even there, he still found himself crafting with words as a technical writer.
Along the way, he dabbled with short poetry, flash fiction, short stories, a novelette, a novel, and a non-fiction book on sustainability. Then he fell in love with screenwriting, but still managed to publish a long poem, ghostwrite a memoir, start two graphic novel projects, and take a playwriting class.