End of the Hour

End of the Hour

Meghan Riordan Jarvis

Published November 14, 2023



What happens when a trauma therapist is traumatized by loss?


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Esteemed trauma therapist Meghan Riordan Jarvis knew how to help her patients process grief. For nearly twenty years, Meghan expected that this clinical training would inoculate her against the effects of personal trauma. But when her father died after a year-long battle with cancer, followed by her mother’s unexpected passing while on their family vacation, she came undone.


Thrown into a maelstrom of grief, with long-buried childhood tragedy rising to the surface, Meghan knew what she had to do―check herself into the same trauma facility to which she often sent her clients. In treatment, trading the therapist’s chair for the patient’s couch, Meghan took her first steps toward healing. 


A brave story of confronting life’s hardest moments with emotional honesty, End of the Hour is for anyone who has experienced the unpredictable, lasting power of grief―and wondered how they’d ever get through it.

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What people are saying...

"A glorious depiction of what it means to be human in this world. Meghan Riordan Jarvis expertly expands the conversation about trauma, both for the patient and the clinician. This smart, warm, and relatable book challenged my assumptions about what it means to care for ourselves and others. I know it will do the same for everyone who reads these pages."

Claire Bidwell Smith

author of The Rules of Inheritance

“Her life shattered by the sudden loss of her beloved mother, Meghan Riordan Jarvis walks us barefoot through her grief, across sacred shards of loss, guilt, and hopelessness. From End of the Hour we emerge with the fierce tenderness that love and loss require of us. What a gift.”

Glennon Doyle

author of Untamed, founder of Together Rising

"Jarvis’s End of the Hour is the rare feat of a book that is at once wise and humble, hilarious and heartbreaking, entertaining and educational. Jarvis’s story, a behind-the scenes look at what happens when a therapist’s personal losses bring her to her knees, demystifies trauma and offers readers a radiant dash of hope. . . A page turner that will help readers find the shore of their own lives and the will to paddle forward."

Christie Tate

author of Group

"This is a beautifully written memoir and poignant journey from loss to hope."

Steve Leder

author of For You When I Am Gone

Why Zibby Loves It…

Meghan is a renowned grief and trauma therapist and after reading her memoir, anyone will understand why. Meghan’s story of parent loss, parenting her own children through the hardest times, and being open enough to accept help when she needed it most is beyond inspiring.

Meghan’s story is so powerful. Her voice flies off the page with her thoughtful, insightful interpretations of every human emotion. She is a true gift — as is her profoundly helpful memoir.