Good Grief by Catherine Mayer audiobook

Good Grief: Embracing Life at a Time of Death

By Catherine Mayer  and Anne Mayer Bird
Read by Catherine Mayer  and Anne Mayer Bird

HarperCollins UK 9780008436100
8.34 Hours 1
Format : CD (In Stock)
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Mother and daughter Anne Mayer Bird and Catherine Mayer were widowed within forty-one days of each other on the eve of the pandemic, then locked down alone.  Their profound isolation was broken just once a week, when Catherine visited Anne to care for her, at distance and in a mask. Together they found ways to navigate their loss and the startling questions and challenges that confronted them.  In this memoir, Catherine also investigates the possibility that her husband, renowned musician Andy Gill, contracted COVID-19 when his band, Gang of Four, toured China in late 2019. Her main focus, however, is not on death, but on life and love.  This is a captivating account of lives well lived, moving and spiked with black humor. It is interwoven with letters Anne wrote to her husband, John, to tell him of the astonishing and heartrending events since his death and her small triumphs in living independently. In sharing their insights and experiences, Catherine and Anne aim to help those who have lost or will lose people or who wish to know how best to support others in such circumstances. They also celebrate love—for John and Andy and each other. ‘We are extraordinarily lucky, my mother and I. We have each other and we have this room.  ‘In this living room, we are learning to embrace the things we can’t touch, each other and the lovely dead.’

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Summary

Summary

Mother and daughter Anne Mayer Bird and Catherine Mayer were widowed within forty-one days of each other on the eve of the pandemic, then locked down alone. 

Their profound isolation was broken just once a week, when Catherine visited Anne to care for her, at distance and in a mask. Together they found ways to navigate their loss and the startling questions and challenges that confronted them. 

In this memoir, Catherine also investigates the possibility that her husband, renowned musician Andy Gill, contracted COVID-19 when his band, Gang of Four, toured China in late 2019. Her main focus, however, is not on death, but on life and love. 

This is a captivating account of lives well lived, moving and spiked with black humor. It is interwoven with letters Anne wrote to her husband, John, to tell him of the astonishing and heartrending events since his death and her small triumphs in living independently. In sharing their insights and experiences, Catherine and Anne aim to help those who have lost or will lose people or who wish to know how best to support others in such circumstances. They also celebrate love—for John and Andy and each other.

‘We are extraordinarily lucky, my mother and I. We have each other and we have this room. 

‘In this living room, we are learning to embrace the things we can’t touch, each other and the lovely dead.’

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Author Bio: Catherine Mayer

Author Bio: Catherine Mayer

Catherine Mayer is a writer, activist, speaker, and the co-founder and president of the Women’s Equality Party. She co-founded the Primadonna Festival, which had its debut in 2019. She was the founding Executive Director of the think tank Datum Future and writes and consults on the impact of data-driven technologies. She has written four books.

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Author Bio: Anne Mayer Bird

Author Bio: Anne Mayer Bird

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Available Formats : CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Self-Help
Runtime: 8.34
Audience: Adult
Language: English