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Death in the Family

Paperback, 32 pages
Story Text in English & Spanish

Written & Illustrated by Maya Gonzalez

Take a walk with Maya and her 2 kids as Death joins in and the conversation turns toward family and what it means to let go of the body.

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Death In the Family is not a Dia de los Muertos book with cultural references and sugar skulls. I love many of those and get to learn about a holiday I was not formally raised with. But I was raised with Death.

In fact, Death has been a profound and amazing teacher for me and talking about her is an important part of who I am as well as how I was raised. When I first learned about Dia I already knew the shape of the holiday. My father taught me a Mexican sensibility in how he related to death and how death featured in our life.

In Death in the Family I talk about different experiences of death in a family setting. This is a book to open up conversations about death in your own family and bring the ones back into powerful memory who have dropped the body and become one with everything.” – Maya Gonzalez

Watch the Video:

(Join Maya on a rainy day in San Francisco as she reads some excerpts from two of her upcoming bilingual (english/spanish) children’s books. Death in the Family, written and illustrated by Maya, and When We Love Someone We Sing to Them written by Ernesto Martinez, mentored & illustrated by Maya.)

Date of Publication

Spring/Summer 2017

No. of Pages

32 pages


Paperback; Full Color


Bilingual English/Spanish