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

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  134 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
The grief and recovery classic fully revised and updated

Loss is overwhelming. After a loved one's death, a divorce, an injury or disease, or another major life change, recovery often seems daunting, if not impossible. Life after Loss is the go-to resource for anyone who has suffered a major loss. With great compassion and insight, Bob Deits provides essential wisdom and p
ebook, 272 pages
Published August 4th 2008 by Da Capo Press (first published March 1st 1988)
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Apr 24, 2016 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
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Apr 10, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 03, 2015 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.
Oct 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Yuki kojima
Mar 01, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spirituality
It's a good book...
Sep 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
This book really helped after going through a major loss!
Apr 05, 2012 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
So far so good. One just needs to do the recommended exercises that are inside the book.
Apr 19, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the basis for an 8-week course I attended. Really insightful and liberating.
Julie Lamphiear
Very basic and not very deep.
Dec 16, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: widow-books
The divorce is the equivalent to death thing made me stop reading.
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