Patrick McKenna Lynch Smith, author

Patrick M L Smith, author
Leaving the Life: A true story of love, loss and gratitude Patrick McKenna Lynch Smith, author of Leaving the Life, available on Amazon  
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Patrick M L Smith
P.O. Box 206
South Woodstock, CT 06267-0206


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Leaving the Life: A true story of love, loss and gratitude by Patrick McKenna Lynch Smith was recently published by Chimalis LLC.   The book, which was three years in the making, is a brutally Hummingbird Syndromehonest account of true love, loss and survival.   Smith said, “I actually wrote the book to save my life.  I hope it will move, touch and inspire others.”

Leaving the Life: A true story of love, loss and gratitude brings the reader inside private lives of an ordinary couple as their world is turned upside down by a shocking diagnosis. There is a surprise happy ending that not even the author knew was coming.  

Their journey will leave you grateful for what you do have, and for what you do not have.  You will also cling a little closer to the ones you love.  Smith said “While, in the end, it was an honor and a privilege to have this experience, I hope to never have another one like it.”

The book is ideal for:

  • Anyone who wants to see what it is really like when life as you know it unravels.

  • The millions of people whose lives have been affected by serious illness, especially the caregivers.

  • Anyone who has experienced loss, including widows and widowers in search of a story they can relate to.

  • Friends and family trying to understand what caregivers and the bereft experience.

  • Medical professionals, such as doctors, nurses, hospice workers, clergy, social workers and counselors.

Leaving the Life: A true story of love, loss and gratitude is available on the author’s website, through libraries and bookstores, and also on  (Available in paperback: ISBN 978-0-9890086-9-3, 398 pages, $10.95 and as an eBook, eISBN 978-0-9890086-8-6, $5.99) (NOTE: You do NOT need an Amazon Kindle to read Kindle eBooks. Amazon offers free apps that will let you read their eBooks on just about any computer, tablet, or smartphone.)

The author is available for speaking engagements, book readings and signings. Smith is currently working on a novel.