Donna Easter’s reminiscence of her husband’s death to prostate cancer cuts deep. Even if you’ve never lost a partner, grief comes in all shapes, she explains in her memoir, A Life Continued: Living After Losing Your Best Friend. Whether you are working through divorce or a first responder struggling with trauma, no one is immune from grief. Easter invites readers along on her journey of healing, sharing intimate details about loss but also providing courage and consolation.
After 40 years of marriage, Easter learned to thrive again, recognizing that a life lived alone can be enriching and fulfilling, just as her longtime partnership was. She offers glimpses of humour and hope in her book, musing about the bewildering number of screwdriver types and acknowledging that she was still living and working for her late husband’s approval, permission, admiration, and respect. Now, she has the confidence to live her life in forward motion instead of backward glances.