Since Joel: Love and Loss on the Spectrum

Since Joel: Love and Loss on the Spectrum


By Julie L. Schwartz

A mother struggles to understand the life and death of her son.

Since Joel tackles what happens when the unimaginable loss of a child becomes reality. Julie Schwartz introduces readers to her son Joel David Schwartz, who lived with Autism Spectrum Disorder and died by accidental overdose at age 25. Joel’s unique cognition created situations where he baffled yet informed; infuriated yet endeared; lost and yet won. His mother describes how Joel was a “charming nerd”, inviting us to get to know him in all his complicated detail. She ultimately asks that we maintain Joel’s memory by finding small ways to be kind, and celebrating our differences instead of finding fault with them.


About the Author

Now a dual citizen, Julie Schwartz was born in the City of Brotherly Love. There she met a Canadian, and forty years ago moved to Toronto and learned to spell her married name with a "zed". Julie earned a Masters and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania. Retired from her career in consumer research, Julie actively pursues outdoor adventures, continuing education and volunteer opportunities.

Product Information

  • Release: March 24, 2020

  • $18.95 Paperback

  • 160 Pages

  • 5.5 x 8.5

  • Adult Nonfiction

  • ISBN: 9781772601237

Praise for Since Joel

Since Joel is beautifully written, wise, sad, and hopeful. Julie Schwartz takes us to the depths of grief and allows us to understand its power and the courage that it takes to face it. Anyone who has ever lost a loved one will see the honesty in every line and will appreciate how Schwartz has put such raw emotions into words.” - Marina Nemat, Author of Prisoner of Tehran and After Tehran.