Laraine Herring Reading & Slideshow Presentation | The Grief Forest

Saturday, February 13 | 2 pm *ONLINE*

Join us for a discussion and slideshow presentation with Laraine Herring of her new book, The Grief Forest: A Book About What We Don't Talk About.

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Grief is not a pathology. It is the normal response to a change of any kind. Grief is also cumulative. It builds up inside of us until we make space to feel it. In addition to our personal grief experiences, we also can inherit grief from our ancestors and cultures. This past year has brought so much grief, including unresolved grief from our pasts, and many of us are feeling overwhelmed.

Grief, like all emotions, serves a purpose in our lives. Art and writing can help us meet our grief and integrate it. Our grief has its own wisdom, and when we open ourselves to listening to it, we can create freedom within ourselves and our communities. Author and illustrator Laraine Herring will read from her new book, The Grief Forest: A Book About What We Don't Talk About, discuss different types of grief, and hold a Q & A session about the book and grief responses.

About the Book

What if a gift lived inside grief?

When Bunny's father dies, she captures her grief in a bubble the color of his soul. She carries this grief with her, afraid that if she lets it go, she will lose her daddy. Bunny's grief leads her to The Grief Forest and Grandmother Bunny, who meets her at the Forest's edge. Bunny is afraid of all the grief she sees there, so she runs away and meets Death, who guides her deeper into the Forest. Each animal she meets expresses an aspect of grief. As Bunny's grief begins to take on a life of its own, she becomes desperate to hold onto it, afraid of who she would be without it. She falls deeper into the Forest, meeting creatures of the sea and creatures of the night. When she meets Cobra, everything she thought she knew about grief falls away and she has to make a choice: hold on to a life that has gone, or learn how to be alive in a new environment.

For all ages, The Grief Forest is a journey through complicated grieving-showing examples of delayed grief, absent grief, PTSD, attachment, disenfranchised grief and many more. Bereavement is a place. When we grieve, we enter this mysterious world and we do not leave it unchanged. And by meeting our grief, sitting quietly with it and listening to it, we can access its deeper wisdom, helping to heal not only the griever, but the whole world.

About the Author
Laraine Herring holds an MFA in creative writing and an MA in counseling psychology. Her short stories, poems, and essays have appeared in national and local publications, including The New York Times. Her fiction has won the Barbara Deming Award for Women and her nonfiction work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is a tenured professor of creative writing and psychology, and currently teaches full time at Yavapai College in Prescott, Arizona. Her books include Lost Fathers: How Women Can Heal from Adolescent Father Loss; Writing Begins with the Breath; The Writing Warrior; On Being Stuck: Tapping into the Creative Power of Writer's Block; the novels Ghost Swamp Blues; Into the Garden of Gethsemane, Georgia; and Gathering Lights: A Novel of San Francisco; and The Grief Forest: a book about what we don't talk about. Her speculative memoir A Constellation of Ghosts: A Speculative Memoir with Ravens will be released in October 2021 from Regal House. Visit her online at and

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Saturday, February 13, 2021 - 2:00pm

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The Grief Forest: A Book About What We Don't Talk About Cover Image
ISBN: 9781887043793
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
(This book cannot be returned.)
Published: White River Press - September 18th, 2020