University of Arizona Campus  •  March 10 - 11, 2018  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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March 10-11, 2018 (9:30am - 5:30pm)

Joan E. Markwell

A mother, a grandmother, a wife to husband Denny, I was also Dad’s best tomboy. I grew up in Lexington, Kentucky and became a businesswoman in a variety of venues. I have a love of children, the outdoors and water. Always ready for the next adventure, I grew up with seven brothers and sisters who, with their families, have been the nucleus of my life. My parents Jo and Bernie Fields just celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary. We have a long, loving family history.

Losing my daughter, Cindy, has taken most of the spunk out of my life. Through "Softening the Grief," I am slowly regaining my drive by reaching out to others so they may better understand the bereaved mothers in their lives.

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Softening the Grief
Dudley Court Press
July 2017
ISBN 9781940013411
Paperback, 170 pages
The author will make this book available for sale at the Author Pavilion during the Festival.

Ease the Pain of Losing a ChildSoftening the Grief is both a companion for grieving mothers so they know they are not alone and a resource for people who want to be caring but are afraid they will say the wrong thing. More/less

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Arizona Daily Star
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Tucson Medical Center

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