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Healing Grief, Finding Peace: 101 Ways to Cope with the Death of Your Loved One

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"Dr. LaGrand's advice and recommendations reach from and to both heart and head...a powerful and important lesson about grief: that even in grief, we can still grow." --Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, senior consultant, Hospice Foundation of America

Whether the death of a loved one is sudden or follows a long battle with illness, there is no way to prepare for the loss of someone
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Paperback, 283 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Sourcebooks
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Karin Grice
Mar 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In my reading I've found two categories of books dealing with grief: first-person accounts and coping books. Each has value for the grieving person. However, the books most likely to help you move on in a positive and healthy way are those in the second category. "Healing Grief, Finding Peace" is just such a book. It is practical and realistic. It assures you that what you feel and think is perfectly normal, no matter what others say. It is a HOPEFUL book: you have choices and you will not ...more
Emily Anderson
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
While it was an emotional read, it provided a variety of perspectives of what grief could look like and what coping strategies are available to get one through the day. The author was able to put into words the thoughts and feelings that were difficult for me to describe. In this, it helped me further understand why my grief was where it was. Being an atheist myself, these descriptions validated the loss of my loved one without promising a better life for them. With that being said, there were ...more
Tami
Apr 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
There was a lot of this book I didn't read, as I've already put a lot of these suggestions into practice. There were some really good ones in here though, that I hadn't come across yet. This book, especially the end, has value in helping us all live a more positive life, regardless of whether you're coping with grief.
Jean Brazil
May 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
This is by far the best grief book I have read. It provides (as the title states) a multititude of grief actions. Some were not right for me, but many are good ideas. I will keep this one and refer back to it frequently.
Rqlreyn
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very helpful
Lisa
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Very insightful, I borrowed this book from the library and then bought a copy.
Rae
Nov 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013, grief-stuff
I was initially put off by the title of this book. It just sounds like a really cheesy self-help collection of lists. But it's not that way at all. LaGrand gives practical and varied ideas for coping with grief and loss.

I have really enjoyed and benefited from the wise counsel found in this book on grief recovery. The advice is pithy and just short enough for a morning devotional. I will almost miss reading it, but I'm sure I will be dipping back into it as the need arises. Enough ideas are
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Elyse P
Oct 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Very helpful, thoughtful and insightful, especially because LaGrand is writing from the viewpoint as a psychologist AND as a person who has experienced a lot of grief himself. Some of his tips didn't apply to me personally, but would definitely be helpful for other family members. I read this as an e-book and would like to purchase a paper version so I can earmark and highlight certain sections and refer back to them.
Lauren
Oct 02, 2014 rated it liked it
A nice blueprint of ideas to help draw out, manage, and address your grief. Very general. As a widow it did not speak to me on a deep level. As a young widow, I felt a little left out but that being stated a nice book with a lot of ideas to help those who are grieving.
Kat
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a really helpful book and I recommend it for anyone who's lost someone special. The advice is practical and concrete yet also accounts for spirit and heart. I intend to reread it as I go through the coming months and years in my new reality.
Lynda
Apr 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
This is a helpful, concise book that probably has some tool for dealing with grief for everyone. The author provides a variety of coping methods.
Rachael
Sep 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Leans a little too heavily on spiritual answers that may not work for every reader, but the suggestions for coping are wise and practical, for the most part.
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For more than 40 years, Dr. LaGrand worked as a certified grief counselor and led workshops around the world to help people cope with the loss of a loved one. He was a member of the grief support team for the TWA disaster off Long Island in 1996. He graduated from the State University of New York at Cortland where he was a standout basketball player. Dr. LaGrand also held advanced degrees from ...more

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“Your identity is altered, even though you don’t want it to be. You are not the same person, and some of your friends will relate to you differently. Redefining ourselves, that is, building a new identity after the death of a loved one, is another significant task commonly forgotten in grief work. It’s okay to be a different person than when you started your journey through loss. So ask yourself how much your great loss has affected your identity as a person and how you will rebuild it.” 1 likes
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