Periodically (and semi-regularly, somewhat randomly), the book that Kossack Shadan7 and I co-authored is available for free download from Amazon. It's available this weekend, in honor of Mother's Day.
*Important update from James Wells via comments:
We encourage you to download it, and to share the link with anyone who may benefit from reading about our two care-giving journeys, whether they've already traveled that road or if it's a road not yet taken, but facing them or their loved ones in the near future.
A quick note on downloading it - intuitively you want to click on "Read for Free" but that's Kindle Unlimited and it leads you down the road to sign up for that (ultimately not free). What a reader wants to do is "Buy" at the cost of $0.
The book, Her Final Year: A Care-Giving Memoir, is comprised of quite a bit of material first posted here on Daily Kos. The posts were made during our respective caregiving journeys - in fact, that's how we initially met: we stumbled across each other's posts, and realized there was another Kossack going through almost exactly the same type of journey that we were on.
We also found that the folks here were very receptive to reading about the journey.
We kept in touch, and after our loved ones passed on, while we were recuperating our own health, we discussed assembling our collective experiences and making them available for others.
The result was a work that has had an impact on several others - it's garnered 26 reviews on Amazon, consisting of 23 five-star reviews and 3 four-star reviews.
For us, the writing and sharing process was cathartic. The intent of the book was to share the combined experiences so that others may also benefit, possibly prepare, and - ultimately - heal. In terms of "success" with regard to our intent, it seems very much like we intended: sales of the book weren't spectacular, but the free downloads we've been providing of the electronic version have varied wildly - there are thousands of downloaded copies out there.
And that's fine with us. It's the story and the sharing that's important.
So, if you haven't seen or read it, feel free to grab a copy. Share the link with anyone who might appreciate or benefit from it. Let them know they don't need a Kindle, either - they can grab the free Kindle reader app for their computer or mobile device; they'll just have to sign up for an (also free) Amazon Kindle account.
And have a safe, warm, and happy Mother's Day.