Field Notes from Grief:
The First Year

Judith Gold Stitzel
with Artwork by
Claudia Giannini




Field Notes from Grief: The First Year is a collaboration of author Judith Gold Stitzel and artist Claudia Giannini, based on the journals Judith kept during the year after her husband died. They had been married for forty-seven years.


A story of love is encapsulated like a seed in a story of loss and then blooms on Judith Stitzel’s pages, accompanied by Claudia Giannini's gorgeous images. ‘Grief requires its own syntax and vocabulary,’ Judith tells us in this chronicle of the first year after her husband's death, and then proceeds to learn the language like a native. She rejects the clichés customarily offered to and by the bereaved, instead gleaning her own complicated, honest, and resilient art.” Natasha Sajé, author of Bend


"Without being overly (and therefore unbelievably) encouraging, Field Notes from Grief affirms the reader through humor, honesty and attention to the emotional contradictions of loss. Different people need different things when they are grieving. But, as much as anything else, they need evidence that they will once again want to go on.” Stephanie Savitch, MS, LPC









West Virginia Public Radio interviewed the author and artist on May 15, 2012.
Hear it here.