THE MOURNING REPORT
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Years after her mother's death from breast cancer, Caitlin decided to embark on a “grief journey,” interviewing the people involved in her mother’s dying process: a hospice nurse, a priest, an estate planner, a hairstylist, and a funeral director. If she figured out how they could function after being so close to her mother’s death, then maybe she could learn how to navigate her own life.
Each chapter of The Mourning Report is centered on each interview and the memories, anxieties, and reflections that it stimulated. It asks what it means to "move on."
At this time of crisis, we are all searching for meaning and substance. Garvey provides both in this lovely and incisive book.”
The Mourning Report blends memoir and reportage to examine how a daughter’s loss radiates. Caitlin Garvey’s dispatch on her own mourning, as well as that of friends and professionals who surrounded her mother’s death, is a beautifully written account of grief ’s concentric circles.”