McKay Moore Sohlberg, PhD, is a professor at the University of Oregon and author of several leading textbooks on brain injury rehabilitation. My Empty Nest was Supposed to Have Two Birds is her first memoir. She resides in Eugene, Oregon where in her spare time she enjoys hiking, running and cycling through Oregon’s beautiful outdoors with friends and family. Her greatest joy is time spent with her three precious daughters, Ericka, Tatum, and Emma, and their exquisite partners, Lee, Jared, and Taylor. She knows that Olof would be so very proud of them.
Title by McKay Moore Sohlberg
My Empty Nest Was Supposed to Have Two Birds
A Recovery Journey Following Suicide
Released: June 2021
Over forty-five thousand adults die each year in the United States as a result of suicide. These individuals leave a cast of spouses, children, parents, siblings, friends, and colleagues all struggling to understand and move forward under the weight and complexity of suicide. While the media chronicles this rising national health crisis, society’s conversation remains largely impassive, relegating suicide survivors to secret keeping.
My Empty Nest Was Supposed to Have Two Birds is a memoir recounting one woman’s journey coping with the aftermath of her husband’s suicide. The memoir provides poignant stories depicting the pain and hope that pave the winding path forward following the loss of a beloved spouse to suicide. It provides an antidote to the closeted thoughts and questions that confront survivors, and in so doing, offers transformative hope to those of us left behind.
All proceeds from book sales will be donated to Everytown for Gun Safety working to reduce the number of gun suicides in the U.S.