‘Meditations and Reflections on the Loss of a Sibling’ – Book About FBT Co-Founder Greg Spira – Published

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By Jesse Sokolow on 27 April 2016
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FBT Editorial Director Jonathan Spira lost his 44-year-old brother Greg, a co-founder of the magazine and well-known baseball writer and researcher, to kidney disease in 2011. He began keeping a journal the day Greg died as a form of therapy and those notes became the basis of a book, “Meditations and Reflections on the Loss of A Sibling: A Brother’s Lament.”

The book is based on the author’s experiences, and is intended to help teenagers and adults who have lost or are about to lose a brother or sister realize they are not alone in their grief.

The book is available online at www.gregsbook.com.

Early reviews support the inspirational, insightful, and therapeutic value of the work.

“Jonathan Spira’s chronicle of his brother Greg’s life, illness from kidney disease and eventual death gives testimony to how important a brother can be to oneself and one’s family. We can all learn about the gift of shared memories, dedication, tribulation, and witnessing from Jonathan’s loving narrative of his brother’s courageous struggle with serious illness and the solace he must have experienced knowing his brother was by his side.”

Michael D. Kahn, Ph.D., ABPP
Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Connecticut Health Center
Co-Author, The Sibling Bond, Co-Editor, Siblings in Therapy

“If you, a friend, or a loved one has experienced the death of an adult sibling, run, don’t walk to buy this book. Spira wears his heart on his sleeve while weaving the story of his brother’s death and that of his mother with his own regrets and coping with such a devastating loss and a relentless disease that devastated his family. Reading the book comforts and consoles, making Reflections and Meditations on the Loss of a Sibling a ‘must read’ for anyone either facing the loss of a sibling or having already suffered the loss.”

Dr. Michael Pritchard
Photohistorian, writer, and lecturer  

“Greg Spira was dealt a bad hand in life, yet he stayed at the table as long as he had cards at all, enriching the lives of others and leaving his mark on baseball. This book is a fine tribute to my departed friend.”

John Thorn
Official Historian, Major League Baseball

“This book is for anyone who has lived or is currently living through the long-term deterioration of a family member…and go get a donor card!”

Charles Shapiro, M.D.

Ten percent of the book’s royalties will be donated to the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation in memory of Greg Spira.

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