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Mourning & Mitzvah: A Guided Journal for Walking the Mourner's Path Through Grief to Healing

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"It is hard to work through one's grief when there are so many cover-ups and so many different kinds of denial at work within the culture. And that is why this book is of so much importance. Anne Brener has crafted a walkway through the valley of the shadow of death. The walkway has thorns and bramble bushes on it but it leads to the other side, beyond grief, for those who ...more
Paperback, 2nd Edition, 304 pages
Published May 1st 2001 by Jewish Lights Publishing (first published September 1993)
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Margaret Klein
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
This is the 25th edition of a very important work--that will help the reader work through their own grief work. It takes the journey of grief--both her own mourning her mother and her sister--and her patients as a rabbi and a therapist--and provides exercises that go with the deep feelings that sometimes we don't even want to acknowledge. I loved how she took common Hebrew shoreshim (roots) and explained how they are part of the cycle. She held her audience and spoke directly to each person from ...more
Vicki_Loves_Libraries
Sep 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Although this book contains many Hebrew words, the author offers adequate explanation to ensure that the Hebrew terms are understood by Non-Jews.

While this book contains over sixty exercises and is intended to function as a personal grief journal, I did not complete any of them. Nor did I write journal entries in this book. I don’t think that the librarians and my fellow library patrons-in-mourning would appreciate that. However, even without completing any of the recommended tasks, this book h
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Danny
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’m not sure how I could have made it through the last year of mourning for my father without this wonderful book. It is really an interactive workbook that guides you through many transformative journaling exercises throughout roughly a year of the Jewish mourning process. Anne Brener is both a psychologist and rabbi and shares great wisdom from both teachings in ways that I found enormously helpful.
Robert Nardin
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's a wonderful book, which was also recommended to me. It encourages you to think very deeply about the loss of a loved one and everything and everyone surrounding you... and experience the strong feelings and emotions that go along with this. ...more
Chuck
Dec 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Disappointing. Incorrect Hebrew definitions and shallow advice put me off. Several better books on grieving are available.
Cindy
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good to read before you need it. I think it would be helpful after a loss of someone.
Jacqueline
Dec 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is an extremely helpful guide for a Jewish mourner. The author intertwines her own experiences with grief and lessons from tradition. Helpful exercises are included. I would recommend buying this as a gift for someone who is grieving. The last chapter has bonus material for ways someone can effectively comfort a mourner.
Carmen
Jun 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Carmen by: Thanks daddy.
Good grief. This is an incredibly complete experience. There is so much great info about the Jewish tradition, words I finally know the meaning of, rituals explored and all clearly explained by this very brilliant writer. It has helped me deal with the overwhelming feelings that have come up over the recent death of my father. Complex, deep, yet accessible and easy to read. Highly recommended.
Renee Rothberg
Oct 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: self-help
This wonderful book helped me after my beloved mother died. I do not usually write about my feelings, but this book gently encourages doing so and I was able to work out my grief, slowly over time. I highly recommend this book.
Rachel Bob
May 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book helped me through the death of my father and my dog. Much appreciated. I will share it with people when they are in need
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