Author Describes ‘The First Year’ After Unexpected Loss of Her Son

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Maria R. Coady, Ph.D., announces release of her new memoir

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Many parents lose children but there are unfortunately very few resources available that tell the stories of what happens next.

On December 6, 2014, author Maria R. Coady’s only son, Thomas, died after a tragic motorcycle accident left him with irreversible brain injuries. He was 22 and a promising pre-medicine Biology major at the university where Coady worked as a professor. As she struggled through shock, anguish, heartbreak and deep despair, Coady tried to make sense of her world. She wondered how other parents dealt with their grief and how life could go on without her son in it.

The First Year: One Mother's Journey After the Loss of Her Son” (published by Balboa Press) is Coady’s unique story. It is about what she experienced the first year after the loss of her son, and the ways that she tried to cope, and the strategies she used to survive.    

“Many parents lose children but there are unfortunately very few resources available that tell the stories of what happens next,” says Coady. “This book fills that gap.” Written in the present tense, “The First Year” has a sense of urgency that readers who are grieving the loss of their child can relate to.

“Somehow, day by day, breath by breath, life goes on around us,” says Coady. “We need to simply breathe. That is all. Be in the present moment, live the feelings, and be surrounded by loved ones.”

“The First Year”
By Maria R. Coady, Ph.D.
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 130 pages | ISBN 9781504355469
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 130 pages | ISBN 9781504355445
E-Book | 130 pages | ISBN 9781504355452
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Maria R. Coady, Ph.D., has been a scholar and educator for more than 25 years. She holds a doctorate in education from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and works nationally and internationally in the area of second language education. More information is available at

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