As the book opens: two-year-old Greta Greene is sitting with her grandmother on a park bench on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. A brick crumbles from a windowsill overhead, striking her unconscious, and she is immediately rushed to the hospital. But although it begins with this event and with the anguish Jayson and his wife, Stacy, confront in the wake of their daughter’s trauma and the hours leading up to her death, Once More We Saw Stars quickly becomes a narrative that is as much about hope and healing as it is about grief and loss. Jayson recognizes, even in the midst of his ordeal, that there will be a life for him beyond it–that if only he can continue moving forward, from one moment to the next, he will survive what seems unsurvivable. With raw honesty, deep emotion, and exquisite tenderness, he captures both the fragility of life and absoluteness of death, and most important of all, the unconquerable power of love. This is an unforgettable memoir of courage and transformation–and a book that will change the way you look at the world.
Jayson Greene in Conversation with David Kessler
Jayson Green has written a moving and powerful book about the loss of his daughter Greta, Once More We Saw Stars. I first met Jayson and his wife, Stacy when they attended one of my retreats, Grieving to Believing. It was just six months after Greta died. In the video below, we sat down for a deep, wide-ranging conversation about grief, love, healing, and making new memories with your loved one once they are gone. It was a true pleasure to be able do to this with Jayson, and thanks to Penguin Random House for recording it.