"Jeffrey Berman’s examination of each partner’s writings gives this book its unique perspective. I know of no other work like his in thanatology; Companionship in Grief will make a significant contribution to persons interested in death, dying, and bereavement.—David Balk, editor-in-chief, Handbook of Thanatology: The Essential Body of Knowledge for the Study of Death, Dying, and Bereavement
""This is a book that will be interesting to theorists of grief and grieving and to critics of contemporary British and American literature while at the same time appealing to general readers who have themselves experienced crucial losses—or fear them.""—Sandra M. Gilbert, author of Death’s Door: Modern Dying and the Way We Grieve
""In this unique, carefully researched volume, Berman examines memoirs written by well-known authors in response to the loss of a spouse who, in each case, was also a published writer.""—Choice
""Berman offers spousal loss memoirs as evidence of the transformational potential of writing grief. His work will appeal to a wide range of readers in various relationships to grief: teachers, counselors, scholars, people experiencing grief. . . . Loss changes us, but Berman finds in the accounts of others' losses a source of hope that he too will make it through the uneven terrain of grief--a possibility he freely offers to his readers through the memoirs he presents as guides.""—Biography"