Locations of Grief: An Emotional Geography is a commemoration of the "homesick grief for the lost places of your past" or as the Welsh call it, "hiraeth." In these pages, Catherine Owen has collected a remarkable collection of stories of healing, of pain and of reflections on what death can do to our lives. Exploring the landscapes of grief and death, this collection takes the reader through a series of essays, drawn together from twenty-five Canadian writers that reach across different ages, ethnicities and gender identities as they share their thoughts, struggles and journeys relating to death. Be it the meditation on the loss of a beloved dog who once belonged to a departed parent, the tragic suicide of a stranger or the deep pain of losing a brother, Locations of Grief is defined by its range of memoirs exploring all the facets of mourning, and how the places in our lives can be irreversibly changed by the lingering presence of death.
Catherine Owen is the author of fifteen collections of poetry and prose. Her latest book of poetry, Dear Ghost, was nominated for the Pat Lowther Award and her most recent picture book for children was shortlisted for the Alberta Literary Award. She sings in the band Doom Cowboy and has four cats. Born and raised in Vancouver, BC, she now lives in a heritage home called Delilah in Edmonton, AB, where she works as an editor and, when back on the coast, in film props.