Alone: For All Those Who Grieve

Cento, W F

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Synopsis: ''Alone/For All Those Who Grieve is a collection of poems and prose about coping with the strain of caregiving, and grief and healing after my dementia-stricken wife's long goodbye. It is written to help those who suffer a grievous loss to work through their grief and discover a road to redemption.

The book is based on my experience, as well as the experiences of others I encountered in support groups. There are five categories: Caregiving, Loss, Memories, Recovery and Healing. I don't pull punches and deal frankly with living the vow 'in sickness and health until death do us part,' including a gut-wrenching moment only days before she died when she could hardly speak and whispered in my ear, 'Take me to Heaven.'

Being alone during these times is a heavy burden on those who grieve. It is hoped that the account of my journey may help grievers to rise from the ashes of their agony.''

About the Author: A caregiver for five years and a widower for five more years, W. F. (Bill) Cento has had the experience of finding his way through what some call the labyrinth of grief. He has written Alone from the perspective of someone who has carried the burden of caregiving, felt the sting of losing a spouse to dementia, cried the tears mourners cry, bounced from the deep bottom of depression and is riding the rutted road to recovery and discovery of a new life.

Words have been Cento's constant companions all his life, as editor of his college newspaper at St. Louis University, and through his professional life as a copy boy, cub reporter, copy editor, an editor of national and foreign news, editor of a Sunday paper, managing editor and associate editor of daily metropolitan newspapers in St. Louis and St. Paul. In his retirement, he's edited newsletters for labor unions and published his own newsletter, A Letter From Minnesota, that was read by former Minnesotans worldwide.

A major turning point in his life came in 1959 when he helped lead a 99-day strike by the Newspaper Guild over the issue of providing a vested pension plan for employees. As a result of his union activity, he was unable to find a suitable newspaper job in St. Louis and traveled to St. Paul for work -- one of the best moves he ever made, because it was there that he met Vera, his future wife, and the person to whom this book is dedicated.

Bill currently lives in St. Paul alone.

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Title: Alone: For All Those Who Grieve
Publisher: Tasora Books
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