Elayne Gilliam, a native of Springfield, Massachusetts, graduated from Chico State with an MAA degree in arts. She went on to become an author and designer of quilt books and patterns. She lives with her fourth husband in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Grieving My Way is the story of resilience and embracing life in the wake of the loss of a loved one. It is a must-read book for anyone going through the stages of grief.
Following the loss of her husband to ALS, a mother struggles to raise four children alone, and discovers her eldest son and daughter suffer from mental illnesses. She describes her interactions with various public agencies; social, medical and judicial. As she cares for an alcoholic, paranoid schizophrenic son, and a daughter with personality disorder which culminates in suicide, she examines memories from her childhood in a dysfunctional family. She discovers a genetic closet with mental illness, alcoholism, and deviant behavior. Following a fourth marriage, she finds peace, but at the price of letting go of her mentally ill son.