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Compiling a Grief Syllabus
Currently mourning: the ability to sleep
“The deep sea is a haunted house: a place in which things that ought not to exist move about in the darkness.” —Julia Armfield, Our Wives Under the Sea
Oh, I have been distracted. Unfocused, daydreamy, anxious. Sending my kid (and myself) to school with clothes inside out and forgetful as I stand in the sliver of refrigerator light, unsure what I needed in the first place.
But I’m pretty sure this happens to me at regular intervals. Instead of seasonal allergies, I get seasonal distraction.
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I’m moving my books around at home and realized that there are a lot of books with ghosts (kinda on purpose) and a lot of books filled grief (not always on purpose). I didn’t mean to start creating a Grief Syllabus, really a reading list of books with ghosts and mourning, but here we are.
And my list is just getting started. I’m hoping with suggestions in the comments, I can update this list even more.
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Ghosts and Grief: An Ongoing Mourning Pages Reading List
This is an incomplete list of books that came to mind when I immediately thought about mourning, not necessarily how-to manuals (there are many of those out there), but books that especially confront the act of mourning either in fiction of non-fiction.
What other books about mourning come to mind for you? Bonus points for ghosts, both literal and figurative.