We all experience different forms of loss in our lives.

Some are powerful enough to truly knock us off course.

This book will help you find your way back.


When someone we love dies, for example, we suddenly walk alone into new territory without them. We become strangers in new lands, places where the landscape is unalterably changed, where the center of gravity has somehow faltered and become weak, making us feel as if we might fall off the surface of the earth. Sometimes, that moment of loss defines the rest of our lives, becoming a center to our compass forever.

This book is borne of loss. Of death, certainly, but not only death. There are other forms of change that involve loss as well as joy: the panic that sometimes accompanies aging, the ways that childbirth both signals a beginning and an end, the heartbreak that comes with the end of a relationship, grieving a friend who violates our trust, filling the hole left by a child going to college, and many more.

The kinds of loss that will be addressed include the loss of love, of certainty and assuredness, of knowing where we are, of identity (who we are), of beauty and youth, of health, of life itself, of privacy, and of roles and of knowing.


You are the navigator through the three main sections:

Embrace what is: Walking into your new landscape

Honor what was: Being grateful for your old landscape

Love what will be: Living into your future landscape

Illustrated throughout with art submitted from around the world, this book is a visual atlas of experience, utilizing map imagery and the richly metaphoric, evocative, and functional language of geography to help readers place themselves on their own journey.

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This unique book is a guide, an atlas of those experiences of loss and grief, a map for living through and into change and impermanence, to moving on anew.

“A stunning gift of truth and beauty. Buy a copy for yourself and everyone you know who is hurting. May these wise maps guide you toward wholeness and maybe even peace. Certainly, reading these stories, you will know you are not alone, and that is precious indeed.”

~ Jennifer Louden, author of The Women’s Comfort Book and The Life Organizer

“If I was in the midst of a terrible loss, I would want to spend time with Patti Digh. She has a powerful way of acknowledging the dark while pointing to the light. A warm friend and a wise guide, this book will help you open to a new reality, find balance in your grief, and move forward into a new day.”

~ Susan Piver, author of The Wisdom of a Broken Heart

“This book offers companionship on a difficult journey that most take alone because it is hard to bear, let alone convey, the truth of loss. Digh gently navigates these ways with beauty, tenderness, and candor.”

~Mary Anne Radmacher, author of Lean Forward into Your Life.

“Patti Digh provides a personal GPS system to navigate those murky waters of loss. I wholeheartedly recommend her approach.”

~ Linda B. Arnold, counselor, syndicated columnist of Live Life Fully, and Chairman/CEO of The Arnold Agency

A guidebook for your journey through the landscape of loss from author Patti Digh.

Patti Digh, Photo by Keith Dixon

Patti Digh is the author of seven books, including a Fortune magazine best business book for the year 2000 (Global Literacies), one of five finalists for the prestigious “Books for a Better Life Award” in 2008 (Life is a Verb), and finalists for the Southern Independent Booksellers’ Association “Book of the Year” award in both 2008 and 2010 for Life is a Verb and Creative is a Verb.

Patti is a Southern-born master storyteller whose stories are full of humor, poignancy, surprise, pain, and knowing. Her award-winning blog, 37days.com, brings together readers from ages 12 through 95 across the globe.

“If the Buddha had two kids, a dog named Blue, a Southern accent, and a huge crush on Johnny Depp, his name would be Patti Digh,” wrote one reviewer after Digh’s grassroots bestseller, Life Is a Verb: 37 Days to Wake Up, Be Mindful, and Live Intentionally, was published in 2008.

Since Life is a Verb was published, Patti has written Four-Word Self-Help: Simple Wisdom for Complex LivesCreative Is a Verb: If You’re Alive, You’re Creative, and What I Wish For You: Simple Wisdom for a Happy Life. Her latest book, The Geography of Loss, will be published in January 2014. Her smart, funny, and moving stories will touch your heart deeply. Audiences come away from her speeches both laughing and crying, and with a clearer sense of what’s important in their own lives.

In addition to her writing, Patti’s consulting work has focused on re-imagining K-12 education. Patti’s comments on diversity, global leadership, and learning have appeared in publications such as The Washington PostThe New York TimesThe London Financial Times, Fortune, and The Wall Street Journal, as well as in leading professional journals. She is a co-author of Global Literacies: Lessons on Business Leadership and National Cultures (Simon & Schuster 2000) and The Global Diversity Desk Reference (Wiley 2003), as well as the author of more than 100 published articles on global business, diversity, and education.

Patti and her family live, intentionally, in the mountains near Asheville, NC.


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A guidebook for your journey through the landscape of loss from author Patti Digh.

We all experience different forms of loss in our lives. Some are powerful enough to truly knock us off course. This book will help you find your way back.

The Geography of Loss

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