Find the Good: Unexpected Life Lessons From a Small-Town Obituary Writer

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Heather Lende

Narrated By: Heather Lende

Publisher: HighBridge Company

Date: April 2015

Duration: 2 hours 44 minutes


As she was digging deep into the lives of community members, Heather Lende, the obituary writer for her tiny hometown newspaper in Haines, Alaska, began to notice something. Even the crustiest old Alaskan sourpuss who died in a one-room cabin always had Halloween candy for the neighborhood kids; the eccentric owner of the seafood store who regularly warned her about government conspiracies knew how to be a true friend—his memorial service was packed.

When Lende started intentionally seeking what was positive and true in people and situations in her own life—whether it was finding common ground with her opponents on the school board or accepting that her unmarried daughter’s pregnancy might be a blessing—she felt happier and life seemed more meaningful, too. Awful events—from a recent school shooting across the country to a fisherman drowning in Haines—are always followed by dozens and dozens of good deeds. When tragedy strikes
we can choose to focus on the first responders rushing toward the scene or the guys grilling hot dogs for hurricane refugees, and, like yawning, caring is contagious.

There’s so much to gain by taking responsibility for your own happiness and nothing to lose. In stormy times like these, we have to make our own good weather, and Find the Good shows us how.


  • Judy H

    Cried and laughed with this book. A few things hit home as my dad was going through knee replacement surgery. (his 8th joint surgery) so its hard to think about taking the time to listen. Just made me realize I need to slow down and enjoy people a little more before they are gone. Also encouraged me to continue my education and I would just die to be able to be an obituary writer and help people celebrate their lives.

  • Krista D

    Wasn’t that impressed overall. Some of the stories got a little lost.

  • Lynne Fort

    Honestly, this book wouldn't be half as good if Lende wasn't such a good narrator. She has a voice that you want to listen to. She's just an excellent oral storyteller. The book itself is sweet and uplifting, and not as trite as you might think based on the summary. Lende is a down-to-earth person, and the lessons she's learned are lessons real people can apply to their lives.

Find the Good: Unexpected Life Lessons From a Small-Town Obituary Writer

by Heather Lende

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Find the Good: Unexpected Life Lessons From a Small-Town Obituary Writer, Heather Lende