Monday November 28, 2016

10 great books about loss

Christa Couture won a 2008 Canadian Aboriginal Achievement Award for Best Folk Acoustic Album.

Christa Couture won a 2008 Canadian Aboriginal Achievement Award for Best Folk Acoustic Album. (Christa Couture/Facebook)

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Singer-songwriter Christa Couture has used music as a way to process some of the tragic events that have occurred in her life. She's also turned to books as a way to work through those events. She's currently at work on a memoir and is fuelling her writing process by reading other accounts of dealing with loss. She joined Shelagh to share her recommendations for powerful reads about grief, loss and healing. 

Epic struggles

I've been trying to write about these things over the course of four albums of songs. The grief highlight reel for me is my experience having cancer and losing my leg to [bone cancer] when I was 13, which in turn saved my life. Ten years ago, my son Emmett died as a newborn, which was devastating, and six years ago, my son Ford died when he was 14 months old. Following that was the end of my marriage and the loss of that relationship. Getting through that, I up and moved to Toronto. With that, what I hadn't lost, I was leaving it behind.

Why books help

Books are such friends. I have found such friendship in books about loss and understanding in a way that I wasn't always finding around me. And that could be because some of the experiences I had were more uncommon, so I wasn't necessarily finding them in the people I knew. Through reading books, I was able to start to understand my own and find some connection.

The books that have inspired her the most

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Christa Couture's comments have been edited and condensed.