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Life After Loss: A Practical Guide To Renewing Your Life After Experiencing Major Loss

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  117 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
Loss can be overwhelming, and recovery sometimes seems terribly daunting, if not impossible. But Bob Deits demonstrates that the only way past grief is through it. In this newly revised edition of Life after Loss, Deits offers sound guidance for navigating the uncertain terrain of grief. With practical and compassionate advice, personal stories, and helpful exercises, Life ...more
Paperback, Fourth Edition, 272 pages
Published April 7th 2004 by Da Capo Press (first published March 1st 1988)
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Aug 13, 2016 Karol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, read-in-2016
I worked my way through this book slowly, but I'm surprised it took 4 months! I suffered a terrible loss in August of 2012 that somehow I couldn't get through. As I soaked in one chapter at a time, I realized that (1) for what I had endured, the length of my grief process was not entirely unexpected and (2) I had actually gone further in working through my grief than I realized. Some chapters re-opened areas I had not fully dealt with and so I had to finish some work. Other chapters awoke a fres ...more
Apr 10, 2008 Candice rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People with losses of all types, those looking for exercises to do their "grief work"
Overall, quite a good book on how to deal with and respond to loss. It includes both death and divorce, as well as other types of losses (unemployment, bankruptcy, moves, etc.) in its subject matter and does a good job of emphasizing that every person and situation is unique, that there's no one "right way" to heal, and that it's not a quick, fast-food process. At the same time, though, the author still tends to project that there's a "normal" timeline for moving through it contradicts ...more
Aug 12, 2013 Anna rated it really liked it
Shelves: psychology
I haven't read this book until the very end but as I did read the major part, I feel like I'm entitled to a small review.

This book has drawn my attention because it deals with any kind of loss, and this is something no one has been spared.

I was quite surprised to see it was written by a priest AND it's neither judgmental nor preachy. Actually, the author is kind and understanding. And he doesn't include revelations about how being christian helps you so much in each of his statements which is qu
Angela McCuiston
Jun 16, 2013 Angela McCuiston rated it it was amazing
This book has been immensely helpful for me (and I'm not all the way through it yet) with understanding the grief process: what is normal, what is to be expected, how people around you might treat you and what to say to them. It also helps to know what is ok, and what is not. This book is appropriate for all kinds of loss, not just death and divorce, but moving, losing a job, business, etc. Not having dealt with real grief before, I haven't known what to expect, but now I know what the future ho ...more
Geino Äotsch
Nov 27, 2013 Geino Äotsch rated it it was amazing
If you have experienced any kind of loss in your life be it job, a pet, a loved one this book covers it all. This book also covers difficult topics such as cancer, contracting HIV, and chronic illness. It has practical exercises to help you work through your grief that I found incredibly helpful. This is a book that you could read several times and take something different from it each time. This book gave me a deeper understanding for time and length when it comes to grief. Grief and loss are d ...more
Oct 26, 2013 Gregory rated it it was amazing
I enjoy reading this book. All I can say is that if you are going through any kind of loss, this is the book for you, your family and friends. The author is very sensitive and respectful which is a rarity these days.

Regardless of your religion or if you don't follow any faith, loss affects us all. You will get better. I know that because I have been through a job loss and the death of both parents. Definitely read this book. You owe it to yourself to mourn and heal from your loss.
Aug 31, 2016 Laura rated it it was ok
This book didn't hit the mark for me. It covers a lot of different types of loss aside from death - like losing a spouse to divorce, and losing a breast to cancer. I'm looking for something more specific to the death of a loved one. It does have some good coping tips, and how to start the process of "grief work" to help you move forward through the struggles of sorrow and loss.
Aug 24, 2015 Cruse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a grieving widow this book was spot on for me. The author touched on issues that I am dealing with right now as well as issues that I had to deal with earlier. I wish I had found this book a year ago. I highly recommend it for anyone grieving from a variety of losses - death, divorce, losing a body part or dementia.
Constant companion on my walk to the office. Might try to find printed copy for the exercises,but the audio book version really help getting the content into my head without having to concentrate reading it.
Jan 11, 2015 Ann rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This book helped me a whole lot right after my mom died. It helped me recognize that what I was going through was normal and okay. It helped me realize that the most important grief is my own and I shouldn't grieve alone.
Aug 16, 2009 Karen rated it really liked it
Shelves: health
I expected to hate this book, obviously, I mean, come on, but it's actually practical and comforting in the least disgusting of ways. I didn't do any of the exercises, I should note...I have my limits.
Sep 17, 2012 Katie rated it really liked it
This book is well written, clear and straightforward about coping with loss – a death, divorce, a professional change, or any other type of significant loss. I highly recommend it.
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