Fran Dorf

Fran Dorf, MA, MSW, is a poet, essayist, and author of three acclaimed novels, including Saving Elijah (Putnam), which was inspired by the 1994 death of Fran's son, Michael. Fran blogs on life, grief, culture, arts, etc. at and is currently working on a memoir of survival stories. Fran is also a psychotherapist and conducts “write to heal” workshops to help people cope with grief, loss, illness, and trauma. In 1999, Fran and her husband, Bob, started Jumpstart, an educational program for toddlers with special needs in their small city. Fran appeared on the radio show “Healing the Grieving Heart” with Dr. Gloria & Dr. Heidi Horsley to discuss “Writing to Heal.” To hear Fran being interviewed on this show, click on the following link:


Twenty Years After Child-Loss, a Mother Remembers, 05 Sep 2013

Reflections on Young-Adult Grief, 10 Feb 2013

Turn Grief into Joy? Cliches Don’t Work for the Bereaved, 25 Jan 2011

Butterflies or Bull? Channeling Messages from the Dead, 25 Apr 2010

The ‘Inoculation Effect’ of Major Grief, 14 Sep 2009

Growing Through Grief, 21 Aug 2009

What Happened Between Two Children was Extraordinary, 09 Jun 2009

Film Review: The Sweet Hereafter, 05 Apr 2009

Film Review: The Door in the Floor, 11 Mar 2009

Film Review: The Savages, 06 Mar 2009

Film Review: The Visitor, 28 Feb 2009

Poem: Walking With Andrea When Grief Shows Up, 12 Aug 2008