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Memorable LossA Story of Friendship in the Face of Dementia

Memorable Loss

A Story of Friendship in the Face of Dementia

Karen Martin
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Dementia is experienced in different forms, in different ways and is coped with differently by different people, but with nearly 10 million new cases every year, it is something many people face. It’s tough on those with the disease, but it is also incredibly hard for the loved ones around them.

Karen Martin’s story about her friend Kathleen, however, is overwhelmingly one of love and persistence. Despite their nearly half–century age difference, their commonality drew them to each other, and their genuine friendship uplifted them both.

Charting the story from pre–diagnosis to Kathleen’s eventual passing, this moving tale highlights the difficulties and joys of facing dementia, through the lens of friendship.

Karen Martin

About Karen Martin

Karen began writing in earnest after winning the Henley Literary Festival prize for a short story whose central character was living with Alzheimer’s. She went on to achieve a distinction in her Writing MA at Warwick University where the seeds of this book were sown. Karen has recently returned to her roots in the Cotswolds following thirty–years in Maidenhead.


  • Author: Karen Martin
  • Release Date: July 2023
  • Pages: 216
  • Format: Large trade paperback
  • Dimensions: 216 x 138
  • ISBN: 9781527110021
  • Imprint: Christian Focus
  • Category: Christian Life > Personal Growth


This book is poignant, insightful and hopeful. It will equip and edify in equal measure.

Sam Allberry, Immanuel Church Nashville; author, ‘What God Has To Say About Our Bodies’

Are we more than our memories? Karen Martin shares her journey to focus on a person, not a disease; a loved one living with memory loss, not a dementia victim; and a friend’s present and future, not just her fading memories. This book will be a fount of wisdom for anyone who cares for a friend with dementia.

Dave Deuel, Senior Research Fellow, the International Disability Center; Catalyst for Disability Concerns, the Lausanne Movement; co–author, ‘Disability in Mission: The Church’s Hidden Treasure’
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