Understanding Your Grief: Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart
Explaining the important difference between grief and mourning, this book explores every mourner's need to acknowledge death and embrace the pain of loss. Also explored are the many factors that make each person's grief unique and the many normal thoughts and feelings mourners might have. Questions of spirituality and religion are addressed as well. The rights of mourners...more
ebook, 176 pages
Published February 1st 2004 by Companion Press (CO)
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The most helpful part of the book was the discussion of the misconceptions of grief and the "Am I Crazy?" chapter. Our culture seems to hate discussing normal reactions to grief and mourning, so I decided I would try reading about it. The point the book makes is that you can't avoid grief; can't go under it, around it, or over it, but through it. As a pain aversive person (I avoided the dentist for 16 years once!), this was bad news. I thought I might just stay busy and let it go away, but it ha...more
For me, this book was a little difficult to read. It didn't flow smoothly for me. Maybe I'm a little further down the path, but I didn't feel the need to go through all the exercises the author lays out. Hopefully, others will read this when they need support and assistance and get more out of it than I did. On the other hand, it did validate some of what I have experienced so far in the grief process... thoughts and feelings, action and inaction.