An Obesity of Grief
A Journey from Traumatic Loss to Undying Love

Nineteen years old with an eleven-day-old baby, Lynn Haraldson’s world shatters when her husband is killed in a tractor–train collision.

She clings to the myth that time will heal her pain, but unacknowledged trauma informs many of her decisions, including an unplanned pregnancy and remaining in an abusive relationship. After two failed marriages and gaining and losing more than a hundred pounds twice, she finally confronts her grief, and in an unexpected encounter with a train, she finds the answer to the question, How did he not hear a train?

An Obesity of Grief challenges the false narrative that grief has a timeline and offers hope that grief and love can live side by side.

"An Obesity of Grief is a deeply moving, emotional and honest memoir–a story of survival. Lynn’s courage and strength are inspirational, and her story illustrates that even through unimaginable pain, you can still find beauty and purpose." -Joy Bauer, MS, RDN, CDN, Nutrition Expert for NBC's Today

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