Carole Geithner is the author of the book “If Only” (see link below) and attributes her interest in the topic of parent death to both personal and professional experiences. As a 25-year-old graduate student, Carole lost her mother to cancer. She says she can personally testify to those awkward interactions, which she refers to as "dances," that happen after the death of someone close to you. Her professional influences began with her work in a hospital with pediatric oncology patients, as well as years of counseling children, teens, and adults in various settings who have experienced more recent or long-ago losses of all kinds. Carole has both worked as an individual counselor and a support group leader at the Bereavement Center of Westchester. Carole currently lives in New York with her husband Timothy and their two children Benjamin and Elise.