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Lakewood Book Club: Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano

April 16 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Garden Mausoleum
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Join us for the Lakewood Book Club, where we read and discuss books covering topics related to death, loss, and grief, as well as what it means to live in the presence of death and dying. You are welcome to participate in the complete quarterly series or pick and choose the titles that most interest you.

Registration is recommended. Spaces are limited.

You will need to purchase your own copy of the book (or audio book) to read ahead of the event. We encourage shopping locally and buying your books through our neighbors at Magers & Quinn or other local booksellers, or checking it out from your local library.

Depending on the number of attendees, we will either have a large group discussion or break out into smaller groups. Discussion questions and topics will be provided to spark conversation, but we encourage you to bring your own questions as well!

About This Month’s Book

Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano

(Fiction; grief and dealing with family loss)​

One summer morning, twelve-year-old Edward Adler, his beloved older brother, his parents, and 183 other passengers board a flight in Newark headed for Los Angeles. Among them is a Wall Street wunderkind, a young woman coming to terms with an unexpected pregnancy, an injured vet returning from Afghanistan, a septuagenarian business tycoon, and a free-spirited woman running away from her controlling husband. And then, tragically, the plane crashes. Edward is the sole survivor. Edward’s story captures the attention of the nation, but he struggles to find a place for himself in a world without his family. He continues to feel that a piece of him has been left in the sky, forever tied to the plane and all of his fellow passengers. But then he makes an unexpected discovery—one that will lead him to answer some of life’s most profound questions: When you’ve lost everything, how do you find yourself? How do you discover your purpose? What does it mean not just to survive, but to truly live?

About Your Host

Emily Stacken, is a trained End-of-Life / Death Doula, and gained her certification through Going With Grace. Emily leads Communications for the MN Death Collaborative and is a Hospice Volunteer for Sholom Hospice. She also provides grief support and resources for organ donor families at LifeSource. She attended United Theological Seminary and received a Masters of Arts in Leadership. Her capstone project, the Radical Death Series,  prioritized issues of racial equity, collective grief, and what it means to embrace death as inseparable from life.


This event will take place in the upper-level reception space of Lakewood’s beautiful Garden Mausoleum.

Lakewood Heritage Foundation

This event is free for all to attend. In lieu of a ticket cost, we encourage you to donate to the Lakewood Heritage Foundation. Your donation to LHF helps support educational programming, as well as the preservation and restoration of Lakewood’s landscape, art, architecture and public spaces—for the benefit of all. Thank you!

You can donate when you purchase your ticket, or on the Lakewood Heritage Foundation page.


Call the Lakewood events line at 612-540-5165 or email to

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