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June 2, 2021 @ 7:00 pm

A Virtual Workshop with Maryanne O’Hara


June 2, 2021
7:00 pm

Books & Books and Miami Book Fair present…

A Virtual Workshop with Maryanne O’Hara

Little Matches: A Memoir of Grief and Light

(HarperOne, $26.99)

Wednesday, June 2, 7 PM ET

LIVE via Crowdcast




Legacy Workshop: Award-winning author and end-of-life doula Maryanne O’Hara is offering a Mini-Webinar on How to Conduct a Life Interview with Your Loved One or Yourself

Maryanne O’Hara’s daughter, Caitlin, was born with cystic fibrosis and diagnosed at age two. When she reached adulthood and her quality of life began to deteriorate from the disease, it became clear she would need a lung transplant to survive. O’Hara laser-focused on the positive: a successful outcome that would allow her daughter to return to independent living.

People do survive lung transplants; Caitlin did not. O’Hara outlived her daughter and was left wondering why she hadn’t gathered up as much of Caitlin while she could. Made more recordings, asked more questions, given her daughter the power to author her legacy.

After her daughter’s death, she trained as a certified end-of-life doula at the University of Vermont’s Larner College of Medicine. End-of-life doulas provide support and comfort to clients and their families at the end of life. Like a birth doula, only at the other end. Maryanne’s favorite part of that training was legacy work––in particular, life interviews.

Life interviews offer an opportunity for people to reflect on their lives and shape their life stories, regardless of age or current health.  Such recordings are gifts for the future, offering others a way forward, a path that might light the way. In the one-hour workshop, O’Hara will talk about how to avoid missed opportunities and provide practical tips on the language to use, questions to ask, and framing that helps put the subject at ease.



About the Author:

Maryanne O’Hara is the author of the novel CASCADE, which was the Boston Globe Book Club’s inaugural pick, a finalist for the Massachusetts Book Award, and a People Book of the Week; and a story collection which was a finalist for the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. She is the former associate fiction editor of the literary journal Ploughshares, has taught creative writing at Emerson College and Clark University, and has had her writing recognized by the artist grants programs of the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the St. Botolph Club Foundation. Little Matches is based on the 9LivesNotes blog she kept while her daughter, Caitlin, waited for a lung transplant. She is a Reiki master and was recently certified by the University of Vermont’s Larner College of Medicine as an end-of-life doula. She lives in Boston, Massachusetts. Find her at https://www.maryanneohara.com