Say His Name
Grief makes people uncomfortable. We hide it and hide from it, experiencing its pain all alone. Say His Name: A Mother’s Grief exposes what it is really like to lose a child. At times raw, at times poetic, Susan provides an intimate look into how 16-year-old Collin’s death ravaged her family. She lays open her own despair and paralysis, revealing heartbreaking firsts and grief tornadoes that strike at will, and searches for explanations for life’s unanswerable questions. You’ll fall in love with Collin, the captivating boy who died just as he began to soar. And you’ll learn that you are not alone, your roller coaster feelings are natural, and however you respond to your own grief is okay.
Susan Robinson taught herself to read at four, wrote her first story at six, and taught the neighborhood kids at eight. A career as a classroom teacher, school librarian, and university writing instructor allowed her to share these passions with thousands of students. Being an author lets her spend lots of time reading to her grandchildren, as well as new groups of children. A reader of everything from Seuss to Shakespeare, Susan shares her love of words through picture books, memoir, essay, and poetry. She hopes When Poke Woke will inspire a new generation to love words and books. Susan lives in Delaware with her husband and two miniature Aussies.