The Longest Good-bye

by Shelly Calcagno

Genres: Christian Living

ISBN: 9781649602039

Price: $15.99

There are over 100 forms of dementia. The most well-known form of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease, which accounts for 50-60% of all cases.

Dementia affects almost 50 million people worldwide, with a new case of dementia occurring somewhere in the world every 3 seconds. Dementia can also affect individuals under the age of 65 (young onset dementia). Greater awareness and understanding of dementia is important to challenge the myths and misconceptions that surround the condition. Most of the books about this disease are very clinical.

Throughout her journey with her own mother, Shelly looked for resources to bring her hope and perspective, and there weren’t many options. She kept thinking, where are the books about loss that are wrapped up in love? She hopes The Longest Good-bye will bring hope to the millions of people trying to figure out to how to love best as they let go.

The Longest Good-bye will read like a collection of stories about the stages Shelly has experienced first-hand with her mother. It’s not about the physical part of the disease – but the emotional journey. The pain and the sadness, but also how to love with no regrets. This is meant to be a beautiful book of hope. A book helping others with their own good-byes. A book of how to honor legacy, while also creating your own. A book with creative and unique ways to remember and honor the ones you love. A book filled with tears, and bitter-sweet moments all wrapped up in the beautiful love of a mother and daughter. And how faith, in the middle of it all, is what holds everything together.

The Longest Good-bye would be a wonderful resource to serve the millions of people not only facing Alzheimer’s disease, but any long-term illness journey.



Shelly Calcagno lives in the beautiful country of Canada. She studied English Literature at Brock University and Religious Education at Master's College and Seminary. She followed that with 20 years of pastoral church ministry to children and families. Shelly loves to write, speak, blog and has self-published a children's book, Tini's Tangles. In 2020 she started a pandemic-launched podcast called, A Space for Grace.

Shelly has written and produced several animated series for children, as well as family and children’s curriculum. Shelly co-hosted from 2013-2016 on 100 Huntley Street – Canada’s longest running daytime talk show where she produced lifestyle and faith segments. Shelly loves being creative and taking on DIY projects, especially if they involve mason jars and chalkboard paint! She is passionate about legacy and bringing ideas to life. Shelly is married and has two awesome young adult children.