AFTER EFFECTS event at Minnesota Humanities Center with Andy Gilats

On Thursday, September 29, Andy Gilats will join the Minnesota Humanities Center and UMN Center for the Art of Medicine for a discussion of complicated grief and her book, AFTER EFFECTS.
  • AFTER EFFECTS event at Minnesota Humanities Center with Andy Gilats
  • 2022-09-29T18:00:00-05:00
  • 2022-09-29T20:00:00-05:00
  • On Thursday, September 29, Andy Gilats will join the Minnesota Humanities Center and UMN Center for the Art of Medicine for a discussion of complicated grief and her book, AFTER EFFECTS.
When Sep 29, 2022
from 18:00 PM to 20:00 PM
Where Minnesota Humanities Event Center, 987 Ivy Avenue East Saint Paul, MN 55106
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An intensely moving and revelatory memoir of enduring and emerging from exceptional griefAndrea Gilats will join the Minnesota Humanities Center and UMN Center for the Art of Medicine at 6 p.m. on Thursday, September 29, for a reading from her book After Effects: A Memoir of Complicated Grief as part of the Minnesota Writers Series.

This event is free and open to the public, but requires registration. Please register here. A reception with heavy appetizers will begin at 6 p.m., followed by the talk from 6:30-8 p.m.

In addition to talking about her own experience with grief following the death of her husband, Gilats will also discuss how the process of writing helped with her own healing and understanding. Following the reading, the author will be joined by Dr. Ben Trappey, co-director of the University of Minnesota’s Center for the Art of Medicine (CFAM), for a discussion on complicated grief and the healing benefits of writing, both physical and emotional. Medical professionals in attendance will have the opportunity to discuss their own complicated relationships with grief, perhaps intensified during our pandemic-ravaged world of loss and isolation.

In her candid, deeply moving memoir of breaking free of death’s relentless grip on her life, Andrea Gilats tells her story of living with complicated grief, offering insight and hope to others who suffer as she did. After Effects points toward a path of recuperation and provides solace along the way—a timely comfort in our pandemic-ravaged world of loss and isolation.

"I am enormously grateful that the world is finally welcoming a deeper and more complex understanding about grief and grieving. Andrea Gilats makes a vital contribution with this honest account of her husband’s death and her long journey through complicated grief to arrive at her hard-won ‘fringes of happiness.’"—Judith Barrington, bestselling author of Writing the Memoir: From Truth to Art*

"Andrea Gilats has given us a beautifully written story of the heartbreaking problem of complicated grief that is now officially called prolonged grief disorder. Her detailed, honest account of almost two decades of intense suffering after the loss of her beloved life partner will help others understand that there is no shame in grieving in this way—that grief is a form of love. Importantly, though, there are ways to gently guide people like Andrea much sooner in the process to find ways to honor the deceased as well as the life of the bereaved they leave behind."—M. Katherine Shear, M.D., founder and director, Columbia University Center for Prolonged Grief*