Updated: Sep 2, 2019
How do we cope with loss?
What do we say to someone who wants to kill themselves?
What is necessary for change when we've lost the foundation of who we are?
Where do we find the inspiration to keep moving forward in the face of depression?
A Field Guide to Losing Your Friends: Essays on Loss, by Tyler Dunning, is an excellent remedy for the despair surrounding the darker existential inquiries of the Mind:
"When Tyler Dunning’s best friend is killed in a terrorist attack, the experience forces him to confront grief, depression, and his own destructive tendencies. To cope, he turns to travel, wandering the United States and crossing paths with a suicidal shaman, a Cambodian alien hunter, and off-the-grid meth addicts. He weathers an Atlantic hurricane, endures the Black Rock Desert, and attempts summiting Longs Peak, the highest point in northern Colorado, convinced that by overcoming the mountain he can overcome loss. But just when you think Tyler has come to terms with the passing of more friends—to rare disease, accidental drowning, and self-destruction—you won’t believe the final lesson death has in store for him."
Mr. Dunning's book goes a long way, and is a dreadfully wonderful read. Share it with the world: