Ellen Gable

Discussion: “The Death of Me, the Life of Us” by Ellen Gable

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See our interview with Ellen here.

Discussion Questions

  • Bereavement and grief are natural responses when we lose a close relative or friend.  Viktor Frankl, a Jewish psychiatrist who survived Auschwitz, and later became a convert to Catholicism, said in his classic book Man’s Search for Meaning, that we could survive any “how” as long as we knew the “why.” That is, if we could somehow find meaning in our suffering we could draw strength from it to continue on and survive. (John Mallon, 1996).  What meaning do you think Sarah, the protagonist from The Death of Me, The Life of Us, eventually draws from the experience of losing her youngest sister?
  • Relationships with others are a valuable part of our life experience.   How did Jack help Sarah to understand that the grief and guilt she latched onto for so many years were preventing her from experiencing life?
  • What did Jack mean when he told Sarah that her mother lost two daughters the day of the accident?
  • Many experts say that there are five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. Which stage do you think Sarah remained in until she met Jack?

Launch Day!

Pope St. John Paul II Feast: October 22. See his teachings on the Theology of the Body take life in ways you've never imagined. IMAGE AND LIKENESS: Literary Reflections on the Theology of the Body, an anthology of poetry and prose, pulls TOB beyond the realm of nonfiction and into the frame of the total human experience.Happy Feast of Pope St. John Paul the Great!


Image and Likeness is now available in both paperback and Kindle formats.

I like Kendra’s suggestion to further celebrate this saint’s feast by eating Polish food and going for a hike!


Thanks to all who’ve supported our launch efforts, most especially foreword writer Damon Owens, co-editor and publisher Ellen Gable, and all our contributing authors.


Please consider joining us on Thursday, October 27 from 8-10pm Eastern Time for an Image and Likeness Launch Party on Facebook, hosted over at co-editor Erin McCole Cupp’s page.