"The Grieving Brain" Now Available Everywhere Books Are Sold

Feb. 1, 2022
O'Connor Book

THE GRIEVING BRAIN: The Surprising Science of How We Learn from Love and Loss (HarperOne), written by UArizona psychologist and renowned grief expert Dr. Mary-Frances O’Connor, is now available everywhere books are sold.

In The Grieving Brain, Dr. O’Connor shares groundbreaking discoveries about what happens in our brain when we grieve, providing a new paradigm for understanding love, loss, and learning. Dr. O’Connor also shares her own trailblazing neuroimaging work, research in the field, and real-life stories in an accessible and practical way.

Excerpt from the book: “…this deep encoding of our loved ones in our brain is powerful. It has a powerful effect on our behavior, on our motivation, and on how we feel…our brain is doing everything in its power to keep us united with the ones we love. These powerful tools include hormones, neural connections, and genetics that can even override the painfully obvious knowledge that the loved one is no longer alive.”

In the publication, Dr. O’Connor establishes a new paradigm for understanding grief on a neurological level contrary to Kubler-Ross’ enduring idea of the “Five Stages of Grief.”

“Grief has touched everyone’s life at one point or another, and is very timely for many,” said Lee Ryan, PhD, Professor and Department Head of Psychology at UArizona. “Dr. O’Connor was one of the first people to actually study grief in the brain and has helped us truly understand the different ways our brains process grief.”

George Bonanno, author of The End of Trauma, writes of The Grieving Brain, “A pioneer of the neuroscience of grief, O’Connor lays out in simple prose how we try to make sense of the impossible conundrum of loss. Anyone who’s been through a loss or just wants to know how bereavement works, this is the book for you.” 

Dr. O’Connor is a presenting author at the 2022 Tucson Festival of Books and will be on the main stage of Science City on Sunday, March 13th, 4:00 p.m. MST. for Q&A, and book signings. 

For more information on The Grieving Brain, go to https://www.maryfrancesoconnor.com/


Author Book Launch and Signing
Wednesday, March 16, 2022
5:30 P.M.
Stevie Eller Dance Theatre

O'Connor Book Headshot