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Anna’s book will become required reading for our volunteers and I highly recommend it and the experience of getting to talk about it with her to any group of practitioners interested in palliative care.

Jane DiGiacomo, Executive Director

Nelson & District Hospice Society

Book Circles

Book Circles use Seven Year Summer (Finalist, Whistler Independent Book Awards) as a starting point for meaningful conversations around dying, grieving, and caregiving.


Explore such topics as:

  • Facing serious illness and death and finding meaning

  • The emotional and practical tasks of accompanying someone who is dying

  • Manifestations of grief, including anticipatory grief

  • The difference between curing and healing

  • The use of metaphors in cancer care

  • Building resilience in the face of illness

  • The relationship between hospice volunteers and clients

Foster reflection and conversation around:

  • Personal experiences of death, grief, and caregiving

  • Hopes, fears, and plans for our own deaths

  • A space to wonder, to ask questions, to express and hear a diversity of thought

Book Circles can be used: 

  • As a basis for discussion at hospice volunteer meetings

  • To foster connection between palliative care volunteers or staff members

  • As an educational or fundraising event for community members 

  • For small groups, church groups, or service organizations


Included in the Book Circle:

  • Each participant receives a copy of Seven Year Summer

  • Discussion Guide, with eight questions to begin the conversation

  • 1-hour virtual Q&R with the author (optional)

  • Designed to meet individual needs, the start, frequency, and duration of the book circle is determined by each group

Seven Year Summer has been featured on: 

  • The End-Of-Life University Podcast 

  • 'A Year of Reading Dangerously' International Book Club

  • Forest Dwelling: Spirituality for our Wisdom Years (Oblate School of Theology, San Antonio, Texas), Recommended Reading List

  • Training and education for hospice volunteers and staff 

For more information: 

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