Introducing my book,
How My Daughter's Death Taught Me
The Meaning of Life
Some thoughts on challenges we all face in life, specifically my own after Kristen's death and during my career as a psychologist.
Written for Parents of Murdered Children and The Compassionate Friends
Chapters from my early work in the then-neglected field of grief in the workplace
for visiting my website. My life following the death of my
seven-year-old daughter, Kristen, and my subsequent career
as a psychologist specializing in crisis, have inspired
the writing of my book, Sugar Cookies and a Nightmare.
No one is exempt from pain in life. I hope that sharing my
journey will help you with yours.
"There is wisdom distilled over time in Sugar Cookies and a Nightmare, a book that will help many...This is a profoundly moving narrative in which grief opens the door to a life of purpose and meaning."
- From the Foreword by Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D.
Jungian Psychiatrist and author
"After her seven-year-old daughter was killed by a rogue wave on the Oregon coast, Carol was afraid she would lose her sanity. But she went on to become a psychologist, specializing in grief and trauma for 24 years. The result is this moving tribute to human resilience in the face of unimaginable loss. A bonus is an unforgettable look at Carol's late friend and mentor, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, that great and eventually misunderstood founder of the entire field of death and dying. If you wonder how strong you are, if you've ever asked, 'What does life ask of me,' if you have been struck by tragedy and don't know if you'll make it back, 'Sugar Cookies and a Nightmare' is a book for you."
- Patricia Holt, former book review editor,
San Francisco Chronicle