Grief is not something you fix, it’s something you honour.
First Year of Grief Club: A Gift From From A Friend Who Gets It. (Not someone who would ever claim to know exactly how you’re feeling, but from someone who gets that flowers, condolences, and casseroles are just the beginning.)
Starting from the first day, it provides a companion through the first year of what Addison Brasil calls real-life grief. The daily, and then weekly offerings are manageable check-ins from a friend who gets it. It’s a way of showing your support and also remaining a pillar of support for a year after the loss or the death of a loved one.
Author Addison Brasil is no stranger to loss and has spent thirteen years in the Grief Club arena. He lost his brother to cancer, found his father after suicide, and survived a fatal accident that killed a dear friend and left him relearning to walk. And yet still when friends or family experienced loss he would freeze – not wanting to send flowers, empty condolences, or food when he knew the realities of grief are so much more.
Out of that comes this book. An alternative to the usual gifts and condolences that will stay with those grieving for the first year of the journey and beyond.
It’s like having your own personal grief club with you every step of the way.
The perfect gift for anyone experiencing loss and to support someone going through it. An invaluable resource that will help them navigate through this dark time and more than that, honour it.
THIS IS THE RIGHT BOOK FOR YOU (OR A LOVED ONE) IF YOU ARE LOOKING TO:
- Honour the experience of grief
- Move towards acceptance and healing at a pace that reflects real-life grief
- Have gentle companion guide from a fellow grief friend for the first year of loss
- Use weekly offerings that will help you feel connected and supported during this time
- have a manageable heck in with yourself if you are feeling lost or unsure where to focus
- Read excerpts from Grief Experts, Authors, and Speakers
- Build awareness around your life after loss and find actionable tools that work for you by staying curious and compassionate
- Gain emotional support through a connection to a greater community of people experiencing real life grief
- Find a sense of flow and purpose in your grief
- Offer compassionate support from someone who has felt the “I will never feel better” grief feelings
- Give a meaningful gift to a close friend or co-worker when there has been a death in the family
ADVANCED PRAISE & EDITORIAL REVIEWS
“HAVING HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF BECOMING FRIENDS WITH ADDISON, I CAN CONFIDENTLY SAY THAT FEW PEOPLE SPEAK ABOUT HEALING GRIEF THROUGH FINDING MEANINGFUL CONNECTION AND SERVICE AS ELOQUENTLY AND THOUGHTFULLY AS HE DOES. IN HIS BOOK, HE SHARES DEEPLY VALUABLE PERSPECTIVES THAT HAVE HELPED ME FIND THE TOOLS AND APPROACHES TO HEALING THAT I HAD YET TO UNCOVER PREVIOUSLY. IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW IS SUFFERING, I COULD NOT RECOMMEND MORE HIGHLY TAKING THE OPPORTUNITY TO IMMERSEcYOURSELF INTO THIS BOOK.”
Mental Health Advocate, Founder of You Can PYM
“DEATH AND GRIEF ARE UNAVOIDABLE RITES OF
PASSAGE FOR US ALL. IN FIRST YEAR OF GRIEF CLUB, ADDISON BRASIL HAS TAKEN HIS THIRTEEN YEARS OF GRIEF AND PROVEN THAT RITUALS CREATED AROUND HONORING ONE’S JOURNEY, NOT TRYING TO FIX IT, CAN LEAD US TO OUR
OWN WISDOM AND TOOLS FOR LOSS.”
New York Times Bestselling Author, Founder of Modern Elder Academy, and Wisdom Well
“FIRST YEAR OF GRIEF CLUB FEELS LIKE HE’S PUTTING HIS ARM AROUND READERS AND GENTLY GUIDING THEM THROUGH THE PROFOUND HUMAN JOURNEY THAT IS GRIEF. SO, PLEASE SKIP THE OVERPRICED FLOWERS AND UNDERCOOKED CASSEROLES. SEND THIS BOOK TO ANYONE
ENTERING THE GRIEF CLUB!”
Author of Soulbbatical: A Corporate Rebel’s Guide to Finding Your Best Life
“ADDISON HAS CREATED A SAFE SPACE FOR EVERYONE WHO IS GRIEVING TO CALL HOME. HIS EXPERTISE IN THE “GRIEF ARENA,” ALONG WITH
HIS STORIES OF TRANSFORMATION, TURN INTO AN OPPORTUNITY FOR US ALL TO FIND A WAY THROUGH LOSS THAT WORKS FOR US AS INDIVIDUALS, BUT ALSO CAN BE DONE AS A COMMUNITY. A TRUE INVITATION TO GET TO KNOW YOURSELF WITH COMPASSION AND CURIOSITY AS YOU NAVIGATE GRIEF. ADDISON’S WORDS ARE THE MOST
IMPORTANT WORDS WE NEED AT THIS TIME.”
Author, Stay Woke: A Meditation Guide for the Rest of Us
“ADDISON BRASIL HAS TAKEN THE DARK MOMENTS OF HIS LIFE AND SHOWN ALL OF US A WAY FORWARD WITH COURAGEOUS CURIOSITY, COMPASSION, AND ABOVE ALL ELSE, KINDNESS TO OURSELVES AND OTHERS WHEN NAVIGATING THE GRIEF AND LOSS THAT ALL OF US MUST NAVIGATE AT ONE POINT.”
Author of Deep Kindness: A Revolutionary Guide for the Way We Think, Talk, and Act in Kindness
“AS A FILMMAKER AND EDUCATOR WHO WORKS WITH SURVIVORS OF VIOLENCE, I HAVE SEEN SO MANY SUFFERING LOSS AND GRIEF, THAT I FELT I LACKED ALL THE TOOLS TO HELP WITH. AND AS A PERSON WHO HAS EXPERIENCED MANY LOSSES OF LOVED ONES THAT I AM JUST NOW COMING TO TERMS WITH, FIRST YEAR OF GRIEF CLUB PROVIDES INSIGHTS AND PERSPECTIVES OFFERING GUIDANCE, INSIGHTS, AND PRACTICES, TO HELP SURVIVORS THROUGH THE JOURNEY OF RECOVERY.”
Director, Photographer, Author of Icons
“ADDISON OFFERS THE KIND OF COMFORTING INSIGHT AND HELPFUL PROCESSING EXERCISES THAT ONLY SOMEONE FROM HIS UNFORTUNATE LEVEL OF GRIEF-EXPERIENCE POSSIBLY COULD. THE PAIN WON’T DISAPPEAR, BUT HIS COMPASSION, EMPATHY, AND STRENGTH THROUGH THE PROCESS WILL ALWAYS BE PRESENT FOR YOU, ENCOURAGING YOU, AND HELPING YOU HONOUR THE PROCESS IN YOUR BEST WAY. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!”
Mentor, Coach, Host of Extraordinary Life Podcast
“FIRST YEAR OF GRIEF CLUB IS BOTH HIGHLY PERSONAL AND COMPLETELY UNIVERSAL. GRIEF IS A TOPIC ALL OF US DEAL WITH BUT ALMOST NO ONE LIKES TO TALK ABOUT. ADDISON BRASIL’S WRITING REMOVES THE STIGMA THROUGH CREATIVE, ACCESSIBLE AND PRACTICAL EXERCISES THAT LEAVE READERS FEELING LESS ALONE AND MORE A PART OF A COMMUNITY OF HEALING.”
News Anchor, FOX 11 Los Angeles
“SO MUCH ABOUT THIS BOOK IS EFFECTIVE AND WHAT GRIEVING PEOPLE TRULY NEED — FROM THE GENTLE, PATIENT, EMPATHETIC TONE TO THE CAREFUL MIX OF RESEARCH AND HELPFUL QUOTES TO THE SMALL, DAILY PRACTICES THAT FEEL MANAGEABLE.”
Author, Better Boys, Better Men: The New Masculinity That Creates Greater Courage and Emotional Resiliency
“THERE IS NO RIGHT OR WRONG WAY TO GRIEVE. EVERYONE DOES IT IN THEIR OWN TIME, BUT THIS BOOK CERTAINLY HELPS YOU ALONG THAT JOURNEY. IT OFFERS A LIFE LESSON THAT EVERYONE NEEDS TO LEARN.”
–Dr. RANJ SINGH:
Author, Pediatrician and TV Personality
“THIS BOOK IS A GAME-CHANGER IN THE WORLD OF GRIEF. UNLIKE SO MANY BOOKS FULL OF THEORY AND ‘ENCOURAGEMENT,’ IN FIRST YEAR OF GRIEF CLUB ADDISON GENTLY TAKES YOUR HAND AND GUIDES YOU BACK TO YOUR BODY, YOUR HEART, AND YOUR TRUE SELF THROUGH THE SIMPLE PRACTICES OF CURIOSITY AND COMPASSION. I’VE SPENT MY LIFE IN THE WORLD OF LOSS AND GRIEF, BOTH PERSONALLY AND PROFESSIONALLY, AND THIS BOOK IS EXACTLY WHAT YOU NEED TO NAVIGATE THE TENDER DAYS AND EMOTIONS AFTER A DEATH, JOB LOSS, END OF A RELATIONSHIP, OR ANY OTHER LOSS THAT ROCKS YOUR EMOTIONAL WORLD. THIS IS THE BOOK I GIVE TO MY CLIENTS AND LOVED ONES AS SOON AS GRIEF ENTERS THEIR WORLD.”
Estate Planning Attorney and Author of hope(less)
“SOMEONE ONCE TOLD ME THAT GRIEF IS SIMPLY LEARNING TO LIVE WITH LIFE NEVER BEING THE SAME AGAIN, AND REALIZING THAT DOESN’T MEAN YOUR LIFE IS OVER, IT’S JUST DIFFERENT. EASIER SAID THAN DONE UNLESS YOU HAVE A ROADMAP TO MAKE IT SO. FIRST YEAR OF GRIEF CLUB IS THAT ROAD MAP.”
Co-author, Why Cope When You Can Heal?
“THROUGH FIRST YEAR OF GRIEF CLUB ADDISON BRASIL OFFERS US A COMFORTING FRIEND, A CONFIDANT, AN EMPATHETIC GUIDE FOR NAVIGATING THE TRICKY WATERS OF GRIEF. WHETHER DEALING WITH A PERSONAL OR PROFESSIONAL LOSS, OR RECKONING WITH THE CHANGES OF A PANDEMIC REALITY WHEREAS HE WRITES –
“OUR WAYS OF GRIEVING FORMALLY AND INFORMALLY HAVE SHIFTED,” ADDISON BRASIL HANDS US THE BLUEPRINTS FOR MOVING FORWARD. THIS BOOK IS A TOOL FOR CONFRONTING THE COMPLEXITIES AND UNCERTAINTIES OF LIFE AND REALIZING THAT OUR GREATEST STRENGTH FOR ACCEPTING GRIEF COMES FROM WITHIN.”
Widely published health and science
“FIRST YEAR OF GRIEF CLUB IS NOT ONLY A HELPFUL RESOURCE FOR THE GRIEVING. IT’S ALSO A THOUGHTFUL GIFT TO SUPPORT A FRIEND OR LOVED-ONE WELL BEYOND CARNATIONS AND CASSEROLES. DELIVERED WITH WARMTH, COMPASSION, AND WISDOM, BRASIL’S BOOK IS A LANTERN IN THE DARK WOODS OF GRIEF.”
Personal Coach and Host of Enough, the Podcast
“THE MOST IMPORTANT GIFT YOU CAN GIVE A FRIEND IN GRIEF.”