With disasters around us, hard times are never far away, even if life seems calm in the moment. Everyone needs stories for survival, yet known stories often fail to provide a map through life's most difficult moments. These stories of six women from different backgrounds take us through crisis, struggle and renewal--the phases of catastrophe. Drawing on her personal knowledge of disaster and thirty years of professional work with people facing hardship, their healer Ellen Coffey names these women Keepers, Seekers and Teachers for where they find resources when they are most in need. Anyone hurting can learn from the women in the book and find new stories that will sustain them. Embers is for those who live with catastrophe now and want to know how to act when action is possible and how to let go when letting go is necessary. It's also for those who will face difficulties in the future and are willing to ask hard questions and participate in challenging conversations in order to arrive at ethical possibilities. About the Author: Ellen Pulleyblank Coffey, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist with a community and family practice in Berkeley, California. She specializes in working with families facing major upheavals and consults with community agencies in the U.S. and Kosovo. She is known internationally for her teaching, workshops, and presentations. Everyone needs stories for survival in hard times. Six women take readers on multiple pathways leading to new survival stories. This book is for those who live with catastrophe now and for those who will face hardship in the future.