Reading guide for Crossing the River by Carol Smith

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Crossing the River

Seven Stories That Saved My Life, A Memoir

by Carol Smith

Crossing the River by Carol Smith X
Crossing the River by Carol Smith
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    May 2021, 272 pages

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    May 2022, 272 pages

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Please be aware that this discussion guide will contain spoilers!

  1. What story reported on by the author had the most impact for you and why?
  2. Which profile, if any, did you relate to most and why?
  3. Could you have covered the stories the author did? How did this book make you feel?
  4. How would you describe the author's personal journey throughout the book?
  5. "Crossing the river" is a metaphor that illustrates the experience of navigating grief; how would you describe the other side of that "river"?
  6. Many people feel a guilt over surviving when a loved one dies. How can we deal with that feeling? Why is it easier for some than others?
  7. What do you think friends or family who are supporting a loved one through a loss can learn from this book?
  8. When has someone else's story helped you come to terms with something in your own life? Why do you think storytelling helps us in this way?


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