Friend Grief and Anger:

When Your Friend Dies and No One Gives A Damn

Non-Fiction - Grief/Hardship
46 Pages
Reviewed on 10/14/2013
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Author Biography

Victoria Noe has been a writer most of her life, but didn’t admit it until 2009. After earning a masters in Speech and Dramatic Art from the University of Iowa, she moved to Chicago, where she worked professionally as a stage manager, director and administrator in addition to being a founding board member of the League of Chicago Theatres. She then transferred her skills to being a professional fundraiser, raising money for arts, educational and AIDS service organizations, and later an award-winning sales consultant of children’s books. But after a concussion impacted her ability to continue in sales, she switched gears to keep a promise to a dying friend to write a book.
That book is now a series. The first three – Friend Grief and Anger: When Your Friend Dies and No One Gives A Damn; Friend Grief and AIDS: Thirty Years of Burying Our Friends; and Friend Grief and 9/11: The Forgotten Mourners – were published in 2013.
Her freelance articles have appeared on grief and writing blogs as well as Windy City Times and the Chicago Tribune. In addition, she feeds her reading habit by reviewing a wide variety of books on A native St. Louisan, she’s a lifelong Cardinals fan and will gladly take on any comers in musical theatre trivia. Her website,, was named one of the top 10 grief support w

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Reviewed by Bil Howard for Readers' Favorite

Being angry and not knowing what to do about it is a difficult challenge that those who are grieving face in the process of letting go of a family member; it is intensified when you are grieving for a friend, because no one seems to understand. After all, “it’s not like they’re family.” Victoria Noe deals with this issue directly in her book Friend Grief and Anger: When Your Friend Dies and No One Gives a Damn. The reader will learn that anger is sometimes a shocking part of the grieving process which comes on unexpectedly. Trying to discover with whom one is angry and exactly what to do about it is examined not only through the author’s own perspective, but through the stories of others who struggled with the exact same issue. The reader will discover how others have dealt with their anger as a means of gaining insight into overcoming and dealing with their own anger.

Victoria Noe delicately and expertly brings the combined issue of anger and grief to the forefront in an honest and forthright manner. Her analysis is spot on as she digs into the deeper roots of the reason for one's anger at the loss of a friend. Using the experiences of others adds an element of reality and enlightenment that further assists in rooting out the whole truth and offering an encouraging way out. Forthright, enlightening and encouraging; Friend Grief and Anger: When Your Friend Dies and No One Gives a Damn is a practical and informative guide to assist in bringing closure to the grieving process over the loss of a friend.