The Certainty of Hope and Healing in an Uncertain and Painful World
A Funny and Poignant Grief Book
For twenty years, I thought that I had been marching through the stages of grief in a straight line. I had been following the formula, crossing each processed grief experience off my list.
Except that I was totally deluded. And I didn’t discover that until Jim, my beloved father-in-law, died. I found myself drying off from my shower the morning after his death, really hoping he couldn’t see me naked. Or, if he could, that he was averting his eyes.
From that moment, my path through grief resembled a roller coaster, spiraling and twisting and turning, circling back around. Echoes of past trauma, including childhood abuse and cheating death, would no longer be ignored. I somehow needed to get from the beginning to the end of this grief adventure, and I don’t have a good sense of direction.
But what is always present during a journey through grief, regardless of the path chosen?
Caskets From Costco is a funny grief book that demonstrates the certainty of hope and healing in an uncertain and painful world.
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What Readers Say About Caskets From Costco
“The author suggests, in places, that this memoir is about 20 years of grief. While there is loss and the ongoing struggle to deal with that loss, there is also a great deal of good writing here. This is not a volume of monotone melancholy as the back cover text might suggest. And it is not all off-the-wall humor, as the title might suggest. Between these two elements, the author delivers a great deal of good, solid writing using many of the techniques all good writers use: similes, imagery, strong verbs, varied sentence length, sensory imagery, even sound effects. And, yes, there is humor. There are also lists, letters, lyrics and songs, thus giving variety to the tone of the narrative. These creative devices more than offset the unconventional use of capitalization and a few typos. The author also doesn’t hesitate to detour briefly into discourses on toilets, for example, or on caskets. There are also emotions, a roller coaster of feelings expressed as the narrative unfolds a mostly linear story of the author’s life and losses. While the cover image of a casket with other big box store items on top is an effective visual, but it’s also somewhat limiting in predicting what’s inside.” ~Judge, 24th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards
“I can’t believe you finished it!!! I love it so much!!! I’m not a reader but I couldn’t put this down. I’m so glad your story doesn’t end at the Diner of Despair. God saved you from so much. Blessed? I’d choose a different word after reading your story. Maybe saved? Saved from a lifetime of anger, bitterness, sickness, fear…you have been saved and delivered into a season, a lifetime of hope. Love you SO much. Glad you opened that box. Thanks for being brave enough to share it.” ~Darbi Johnson
“Your book made me laugh and cry at the same time!” ~Anonymous
“Although she’s endured some big darkness, when Kelly writes about grief, she hoists it up into the daylight, giving it breath and air and sunshine, and allowing for healing. Not to mention that she made me laugh out loud, often.” ~Jen Violi