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Healing a Spouse's Grieving Heart: 100 Practical Ideas After Your Husband or Wife Dies

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Offers 100 practical, here-and-now suggestions for helping widowers or widows mourn well so they can go on to live well and love well again. Whether your spouse died recently or long ago, you will find comfort and healing in this compassionate book.
Paperback, 128 pages
Published November 1st 2003 by Companion Press (first published January 1st 2003)
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Jeff Schmitt
Aug 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
After losing my wife quite suddenly and unexpectedly in August of 2012, I've made a point of finding books to help me mourn and grieve. Most I've read and put on the shelf. This one will stay close to me; I'll never finish it, just start over again when I get to the end. There are so many ideas in this little book, I won't remember them all, so I'll just keep going back, over and over again. This book should be read by anyone who has suffered this pain! ...more
Tami
Apr 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Finally! A book that tells you how you know you're making progress in reconciling your grief! Hallelujah - I'm getting there!
Not a lot of new information, but really well written. It's very accessible & comforting - conversational, almost.
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Theresa Bradley
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Healing A Spouse's Grieving Heart" by Dr. Alan D. Wolfelt, is a well-written and compassionate hand-book that provides comfort and guidance to individuals grieving the loss of a spouse. Wolfelt shares 100 practical ideas to assist you in your grief journey such as; planning a ceremony, taking care of yourself; therapeutic writing exercises; and how in helping others you help yourself. Often time individuals feel alone in their grief. Not only are they separated from their spouse but they can al ...more
Becky
Jan 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was a great book. It's one that I will keep out because it has ideas of ways to help you grieve. It has definitely helped my grieving process. ...more
Dr.
Sep 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very practical ideas. Great to help you yourself, or to help someone else.
Jeff
Apr 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Definitely a book I will come back to again and again.
Jennifer Warren
Jan 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Easy read

When you have lost the love of your life, you may find reading takes too much concentration. You may be able to manage this.
Jacqui
May 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Love this book. Comforting, compassionate, and actually gives you helpful ideas for comforting yourself and remembering your lived one.
Mark Manderson
Some good tools to process grief through mourning.

Grief is what we think and feel on the inside when someone we love dies.
Mourning is the outward expression of our grief.
Must experience Mourning to heal and not restrict it. 
The key is to remove self judgment and allow ourselves to simply feel.
Just as you surrendered to the mystery of love, you must surrender to the mystery of grief.
Kathleen Magoto
Jan 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Helpful, compassionate and encouraging

With 100 suggestions to assist the grieving through their loss it easy to find many useful ideas. The book is well structured and written on a median level.
VICKI L. KEELER
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Daily word

Very helpful to take small steps and read one lesson a day. I am a reader and was tempted to read the whole book in one day, however,that is overwhelming and not healing. I just finished and will start over again.
Eric
Jul 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very, very practical.
Neel Sus
Sep 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Easily Digestible Nuggets

Really enjoyed the format. Also the ideas are very actionable. A lot of the self-care seems to apply to multiple situations.
Sharon M
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Nicely written with good tips and thoughts on taking care of yourself while processing grief, loss, and ultimately healing. Recommended for anyone who's recently lost a spouse. ...more
Doreen
Dec 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Not what I expected, a lot of common sense ideas,
Janinne
Oct 29, 2013 rated it it was ok
I guess I didn't need this book. Nothing new to me in this volume. ...more
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