William & Wendell: A Family
Remembered by Donnali Fifield
Written by a twin whose twin
sons died of prematurity, the book describes the impact of their deaths following a series
of other family tragedies.
This personal account of multiple
losses is also a critique of contemporary grief theory. It looks at how grief therapy has
unwittingly put even more pressure on the bereaved. Arguing that a death can have
permanent, complex, and melancholy consequences, the book questions the therapeutic
concept of resolution and the expectation it has imposed of a healthy recovery.