Virtual Event: Paula Becker with Donna James — A Little Book of Self-Care for Those Who Grieve

This is a virtual event taking place via Zoom Webinar.

Third Place Books welcomes acclaimed historian and local author Paula Becker for a presentation of her book, A Little Book of Self-Care for Those Who Grieve, illustrated by Rebekah Nichols. Becker will be joined in conversation by local poet and psychotherapist Donna James. 


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About A Little Book of Self-Care for Those Who Grieve. . .

A thoughtful and gentle approach to working through grief, specifically created for those in the overwhelming early days of loss.

Weep. Scream. Hate. Disbelieve. Go numb.


This beautiful book offers a gentle and honest guide for surviving the early days of grief—shock, trauma, disbelief—and beyond. In simple, easy-to-absorb pages composed of short, poetic text and spot illustrations, readers will begin to find the path they need to move through their grief, step by step. From grieving a sudden death or a long illness, someone hard to love or impossible to live without, anyone suffering a loss will see themselves and their grief reflected in these pages.

When author Paula Becker’s son was killed in 2017, she reached for grief books to help her understand how to proceed through the enormous grief engulfing her. Most grief books are tens of thousands of words long—helpful resources, but often too overwhelming for the newly bereaved to navigate with shattered attention spans and broken hearts. With A Little Book of Self-Care for Those Who Grieve, as only someone who knows grief intimately can, Paula Becker offers grievers a touchstone, quiet snippets of care and advice that can be returned to again and again as they travel the lifelong road of grief. A planned foreword from a notable voice in the grief community as well as a resources section rounds out this essential book.

In the vein of It's OK That You're Not OKA Little Book of Self-Care for Those Who Grieve acknowledges the brokenness, the pain, and how grief alters your reality and with great tenderness and gentle compassion, walks with readers in that new world.

Paula Becker is the author of A Little Book of Self-Care for Those Who Grieve; A House on Stilts: Mothering in the Age of Opioid Addiction; Looking For Betty MacDonald: The Egg, The Plague, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle and I; and co-author of The Future Remembered: The 1962 Seattle World's Fair and Its Legacy and Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition: Washington's First World's Fair. Paula Becker has written for since 2001. Her 300+ essays on the site document all aspects of Washington state history.  

Donna James is a psychotherapist for individuals and couples, and a poet. In the consulting room and on the page, she works with stories of affliction, spasms of hope, and evidence of resilience that are peculiar to the human psyche, moving them toward integration and transformation.

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