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A Decembered Grief: Living with Loss While Others Celebrating
Suffering the loss of a loved one at any time of the year is difficult, yet during the holidays or special occasions, those grieving experience a more intense sense of loss. The world is moving forward and celebrating life and all its blessings, yet for grievers, a darkness pervades the holiday. This book is an invitation to Christmas and its companion holidays of the seas ...more
Paperback, 134 pages
Published August 30th 1999 by Beacon Hill Press
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A guide for navigating the holiday season in the wake of loss. It’s format – many very brief sections with quite a few quotes, scriptural and other – is easily digested. And, as with any text that claims to offer suggestions pertaining to grief and loss, you’ve got to take what is useful and leave the rest. One image I liked a lot: “Thoughts about the holidays often resemble something of the bumper cars at the county or state fair. You’re enjoying the ride, minding your own business, when Bam! Y ...more
It's evident that the author directly relates to the feelings of grief while in different seasons of the survivor's grief cycle. I was able to identify almost on the whole landscape of the waves of expected and unexpected emotions. Sometimes one wonders if they are the only ones thinking some of the akward moments that exist when surrounded by close and distant acquaintances but the author really validates that those feelings and thoughts are very real and very common on both ends of the encount ...more