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Friday, September 28 • 11:30am - 12:15pm
Writing Through Grief

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Join author Joyce Lynnette Hocker for a reading from her book The Trail to Tincup: Love Stories at Life’s End, followed by a discussion about grief, loss, and creation.

In The Trail to Tincup: Love Stories at Life’s End, a psychologist reckons with the loss of four family members within a span of two years. Hocker works backward into the lives of these people and forward into the values, perspective, and qualities they bestowed before and after leaving. Following the trail to their common gravesite in Tincup, Colorado, she remembers and recounts decisive stories and delves into artifacts, journals, and her own dreams. In the process the grip of grief begins to lessen, death braids its way into life, and life informs the losses with abiding connections. Gradually, she begins to find herself capable of imagining life without her sister and best friend. Toward the end of the book Hocker’s own near-death experience illuminates how familiarity with her individual mortality helps her live with joy, confidence, and openness.

This reading is in collaboration with the Missoula Art Museum, specifically the Understory/Overstory exhibit by Cathy Weber. Learn more about that exhibit here:


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Joyce Lynnette Hocker

Joyce Lynnette Hocker grew up in Texas, a descendent of four generations of Texans on both sides.  She obtained a PhD in communication from the University of Texas--Austin, and later received a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Montana.  Her academic career as a... Read More →

Friday September 28, 2018 11:30am - 12:15pm PDT
Missoula Art Museum 335 N Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802, USA