Comfort: A Journey Through Grief

Comfort: A Journey Through Grief

by Ann Hood


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“Rarely do memoirs of grief combine anguish, love, and fury with such elegance.” —Entertainment Weekly

A moving and remarkable memoir about the sudden death of a daughter, surviving grief, and learning to love again.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393336597
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 05/04/2009
Pages: 188
Sales rank: 471,602
Product dimensions: 4.40(w) x 7.20(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Ann Hood is the author of eight previous books, including the best-selling memoir Comfort: A Journey Through
Grief and best-selling novels The Book That Matters Most and The Knitting Circle. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

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Comfort: A Journey Through Grief 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just suffered a tremendous loss of a baby. I came across this book from a magazine. I purchased this book and the very same day I finished it. I relate very much to this aouthor's feelings. I highly recommend this book to anyone this has suffered a loss.
Pam1960ca on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ann Hood has written a powerful novel about the tragic death of her 5 year old daughter Grace.
poolays on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A powerful memoir of incredible grief. I cried the whole way through and although the book is short, I couldn't read it in one sitting. As a parent and now, even more so as a grandparent, I can't imagine the pain of losing a child. Well written and honest. I am so grateful Ann Hood is finding her way back to writing.
SignoraEdie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have just finished reading ¿Comfort¿ by Ann Hood and I sit here stunned. Never have I been a witness to such raw and intimate emotion. Ann writes of her tortuous journey of trying to cope with her grief after the sudden death of her daughter, Gracie. ¿She was only five years old.¿ The reiterating of this sentence and the phrases describing her frantic experiences that day in the hospital, over and over again throughout the book, convey the sense of disbelief, helplessness, and raw pain throughout the memoir. Ann Hood is not a new author to me. I have read many of her other books. ¿Do Not Go Gently¿ about dealing with the impeding loss of her father to cancer also revealed her ability to put on paper what was coursing through her veins. ¿The Knitting Circle¿ a fictional story of a woman trying to put her life together after the loss of her daughter, was her previous attempt to try to tell the story of the loss of Gracie. In each of these, woven in with the phrases of pain and brutal honesty is an energy and lust for life that is redeeming. I find myself crying and then laughing with tenderness as she goes on to mention something that brings to life the human spirit to survive and cope.Even though the book deals with such tragedy and pain, it is not a downer. I am left with a sense of connection to Ann and her family that make me want to hug her and bring a cake over to her house. She is each of us¿she is a mother who isn¿t afraid to feel her pain and share it with us. She is a wife who isolates herself in a corner one minute and then grasps tenaciously to her husband in the next. She is a woman who exhibits love, anger, longing, strength and determination. If she can walk through this then there is hope for all of us who also have difficult journeys in our future.
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There are no words. I'm so sorry for your loss Ann.
gaylelin More than 1 year ago
Anyone who has read Ann Hood's works knows she's excellent at her trade. COMFORT is not her usual offering, but it's a must read, especially for anyone who has lost a child. Grief following the death of a child is said to be the ultimate grief and Hood testifies to that in this precious book. In 2002, her five-year-old daughter contracted a virulent strain of strep and within 48 hours, little Grace died. For a long time Hood couldn't write and understandably so. At someone's suggestion she started knitting and joined a knitting group. The mindlessness involved when knitting seemed to comfort her. Her first work after the horror was a novel THE KNITTING CIRCLE in which a group of women come together to knit and they each reveal their grief. (Next on my to-read list.) It was followed by this memoir, subtitled A Journey Through Grief. Even if it weren't well written (which it is), I'd still have to give it five stars if only for the courage it took to write. By writing COMFORT, Hood had to pick at the places that were healing, make them raw again, and allow us to watch her bleed. When her son expressed the need of wanting the family to be happy again, the family made a huge decision which you'll find in this story. Nobody will forget Grace, least of all her mother, but, hopefully the awful pain has eased.
KristenG More than 1 year ago
I've never experienced something like this author-and I pray I never do!- but being a parent and reading this makes you that much more grateful for your healthy, albeit naughty, child. I cried for Ann's loss. A page-turner.
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Holy! Oops! Srry! I shouldnt b here bye! Srry!