Everyone dies, we know. Yet few are prepared for death when it comes for a loved one. That’s what happened to journalist and occasional Common Good contributor Whitney Pipkin when her mother received a diagnosis of terminal cancer. Grief both arrived and was yet coming, and Pipkin didn’t find the guidance to help her through. Now she’s written We Shall All Be Changed as that guide for those who find themselves where she was. To teach what she learned and to testify about God’s presence in the dark parts of life. Not only God’s presence, but God’s work. Pipkin proposes that death’s transformations are not only for the dying but for those who live alongside them and after them. Death comes for all, we know, and it is always a sad and tragic thing. But Pipkin doesn’t want you thinking that the slow suffering of loss has to be lonely and purposeless.