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Traveling through Grief: Life, Death, and Ten Months in a Tent

Cyndi Francois

"My husband was dead. I'd lost my job and then my home-all within six vicious months. Life crumbled before my eyes. All I wanted to do was drive."


Cyndi Francois was only twenty-eight and newly married when her husband's sudden death changed her life. Nine months after discovering his lifeless body, she tucked his ashes safely in her glovebox, bought a tent, and began her unplanned journey in search of a greater purpose. Forty-seven national parks, forty-five thousand miles, and ten months later, it was finally time to face the burning question she'd desperately been trying to escape: What now?



Book Details

  • Publisher: Beach Four Books
  • Publish Date: May 24th, 2024
  • Pages: 296
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 8.50in - 5.50in - 0.67in - 0.83lb
  • EAN: 9798990521001
  • Categories: MemoirsDeath, Grief, BereavementDeath, Grief, Bereavement

About the Author

Francois, Cyndi: - Six weeks after marrying her best friend of ten years, Cyndi Francois had to start over. Desperately trying to navigate her new reality as a young widow after her husband's unexpected death, she relocated from the Midwestern suburbs to the outskirts of Olympic National Forest in Washington state after a forty-five-thousand-mile national park road trip. She works as a professional copywriter and continues to use nature, writing, and travel to help manifest a full, present life.

Praise for this book

"A raw, intimate portrait of the devastation that can be early grief. Convinced that her life has essentially ended after the death of her twenty-something husband just six weeks after their wedding, Francois sets out to escape her pain and ultimately returns home to face the most important question of all: What now? A reminder that we can do hard things, and that generally the only way out is through."


- Jenny Lisk, author, Future Widow: Losing My Husband, Saving My Family, and Finding My Voice, and founder, Widowed Parent Institute