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Family & Relationships Death, Grief, Bereavement

Minerva's Owl

The Bereavement Phase of My Marriage

by (author) Carol Matthews

Freehand Books
Initial publish date
Apr 2022
Death, Grief, Bereavement, Death, Grief, Bereavement, General
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Nov 2017
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Apr 2022
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"Of the numerous books that have been written about loss, Matthews has given us an original, startling and deeply thought-provoking work. . . What we are left with is a sense of peace -- the kind that comes with the knowledge that, even in the darkest places, we are not alone." -- Eve Joseph, author of In the Slender Margin

Minerva's Owl is a memoir that celebrates marriage and explores bereavement a stage of married love. It includes literary references, conversations, letters and memories that are framed in six sections: grieving, longing, belonging, mourning, cleaving and, ultimately, surviving. It does not offer easy answers or a step-by-step guide to grief -- rather, Minerva's Owl provides an unforgettable account of great love and loss.


About the author

Carol Matthews was born in Vancouver and, after living in Montreal and Nanaimo, has settled on Protection Island. A writer and consultant, she has worked as a hospital social worker, Executive Director of a family service organization, and as a college instructor and administrator. Her articles have appeared in a number of educational and literary publications and in anthologies. She is a regular book reviewer for Event Magazine and The Malahat Review, and writes a quarterly column for The Relational Journal of Child and Youth Care.

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Editorial Reviews

"This is the best book on grief, mourning, and loss that I have ever read -- and believe me I have read a few."

Wendy Pratt, former Executive Director of Hospice Nanaimo

"Minerva's Owl is more than a tender handbook for the grieving; a brimming saga of a courtship and marriage, it reminds us to attend well to the art of living."

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