Brookline Booksmith will host an online book discussion with Claire Willis and Marnie Crawford Samuelson, authors of the new book, Opening to Grief: Finding Your Way From Lose to Peace, on Monday, November 9 at 7 PM.  Register for the event here.

All of us are experiencing grief. Whether the loss of a spouse or child, a parent, a pet, a friend, a neighbor, a job, a sense of stability, we all know what it is to love and to lose. In a time of pandemic and uncertainty, Claire Willis and Marnie Crawford Samuelson offer us a warm and wise companion for anyone facing grief and sorrow.

Opening to Grief is a companion to this tender time. With the demeanor and tone of a loving friend, the authors offer an invitation to grieve fully, to turn toward your emotions and experiences however they arise, and to choose a path that is healing for you.

Marnie Crawford Samuelson is a documentary photographer, multimedia producer, and storyteller. Her photographs have appeared in national magazines and in two books: Lasting Words with Claire Willis and The Wild Braid with poets Stanley Kunitz and Genine Lentine. She has co-directed several short documentary films. She lives in Wellfleet, MA, and Berkeley, CA.

Claire Willis is a clinical social worker and lay Buddhist chaplain with a focus on people living with cancer and bereavement group. She co-founded Facing Cancer Together, a nonprofit located in Brighton, and maintains a small private practice in Brookline. Her first book was Lasting Words: A Guide to Finding Meaning Toward the Close of Life.