Theme and Variations about Short Lives, Child Death, Parent Grief

The death of an infant, child, or young adult, and the effects of that death on parents and other family is the central theme. Its variations are considerations of the experiences and observations of the author, the mother of three. Two of her children died in car accidents 23 years apart. The variations include essays, metaphors, and stories that address parental, sibling and grandparent grief. More

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About Jane Nelson O'Leary

Jane O'Leary grew up on a farm in Nebraska and has continued to live in the state for all of her life. She and her husband raised two sons and a daughter in their small college town, where Jane was a teacher. Jane also worked as a radio copywriter and owned a desktop publishing business. She has been a church pianist/organist since the age of 11. They have 4 grandchildren.
Jane has a degree in music education, a master's degree in musicology, and a doctorate in Adult and Higher Education. Following the death of their younger son, she and her husband co-chaired a chapter of The Compassionate Friends for 10 years. Following the death of their older son, she began writing about her experiences and observations regarding grief, and about the validation of lives that end before old age.

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