Not as "heavy" a read as one might expect, but a deep one nonetheless. My parents were this way in varying degrees and both passed on decades ago and.Not as "heavy" a read as one might expect, but a deep one nonetheless. My parents were this way in varying degrees and both passed on decades ago and... I have learned many things about myself in those decades, because I knew I had to. Self-reflection and the willingness to see oneself clearly is never an easy thing - denial SEEMS easier, but you pay dearly for it in the end. I read this book because someone I love still suffers because of his mother and father's emotional neglect and offhandedness. He feels a need to live up to their "expectations" in some very odd ways. I am hoping he will read Lindsay's book and see it for what it genuinely is. He's more prone to distractions, so it might not be easy. But I hope and pray he does. He seems to be closing off now and becoming "them." And everything suffers because of it. Again, if you are genuinely willing to dig your heels into this book - you will find some very, very good answers. I'm happy I chose it....more
I am a HUGE fan of the Lucky Dog Show on television and I never miss a week. As a family who fosters dogs in a house with 4 cats, life can get a bit dI am a HUGE fan of the Lucky Dog Show on television and I never miss a week. As a family who fosters dogs in a house with 4 cats, life can get a bit dicey if you don't know how to handle things. My own experience over the last few decades coupled with the loving and professional advice Brandon gives were a match made in heaven. Well written, easy simple steps, and a lotta love will go a long, long way! I loved this book! Every dog owner or soon-to-be dog owner will benefit greatly by Brandon's knowledge....more
The Art and Grace of Communication ~ Healing broken hearts after the loss of a loved one" ~ By: Judith Kristen
"Writing a book and seeing it written onThe Art and Grace of Communication ~ Healing broken hearts after the loss of a loved one" ~ By: Judith Kristen
"Writing a book and seeing it written on paper or on a computer screen is one thing... to see it in its proper form with all of the heart and feeling you expected it to be is another. I HAD to read it to see if it was worthy of the readers I wanted to reach. Yes. It is. This is the book to read before you really need to read it, and it's the one your heart will read along with you, when you need it the most. ~ Judith Kristen"
"Loss is a well-known path I have traveled over a very long time. I’m still walking that path. Love is truly the only way to cope with loss. Judith’s words are so powerful and so helpful and so very true. This book is grace, light, and comfort for all families who have suffered loss. ~Bobbi Stagliano Editor The Compassionate Friends Camden County Chapter - NJ"
"Many books on bereavement are written from a clinical point of view, not this book. Judith writes from the heart. This is a book of love and sadness, but above all – hope. ~Janet Weston Former Bereavement Counselor BACP, ENB, Liverpool University, Open University, Liverpool, England."
"The Art and Grace of Communication by Judith Kristen is a love letter to the grieving. Having experienced deep sorrow and loss, Judith offers both advice and affirmation to all who may need it. It is an uplifting guide to help you through the hardest part of life…the loss of a loved one. ~Judi Frazier Retired Active Animal Rescue Volunteer The Bearded Collie Club of Central Florida"
"The last thing on Earth that you want is to have cause to hold this book in your hands. The author, Judith Kristen, understands that. She has not only been where you are, part of her still is. She knows what it’s like to not know where to turn. Her book offers gentle, caring direction to help you find your way in the midst of pain and sorrow, providing some solace in the knowledge that you are not alone. ~Frank Sinatra Editor/Friend All Around Pennsauken"
"Reading The Art and Grace of Communication is as if a far away friend who could not be with you as you mourn, took the time to put her beautiful thoughts, memories, wisdom, and comfort down in words. Every one of them written just for you. ~Bobbie Bechtel A friend in mourning
Brilliant! I can understand how easily one would be comforted by this book. Judith gently guides readers on a compassion-filled journey in moving forward, after the loss of a loved one. Judy herself is a survivor, many times over, to include the devastating, sudden loss of her son, Jon. She truly knows and understands how you feel. This will be a healing book for all mourners and their friends and relatives. There is much help, goodness, and understanding here. ~Brigitte van Hattem Medical Journalist Kandel, Germany"
"At age eighty-eight there aren’t many people left that I would normally go to when someone I loved has died. Yes, I have my faith but part of faith is in knowing why we are here, and who we need to be for each other, in happiness and in sorrow. Judith’s book was a great comfort for me, and I wish I could have read something like it when I suffered the loss of both of my parents seventy-four years ago. It is unmistakable to the heart and mind when someone writes with such deep love and feeling. I came away from Judith’s words finding a few things that I thought I had lost forever. ~Deborah Hamilton Retired Milliner A friend in mourning New York"
"The Art and Grace of Communication’ is beautifully written. The sensitive way in which Judith enables the reader to understand and then come through the pain of death and subsequent grief and loss will I am sure prove helpful to many. This book would have been a valuable addition to the literature I drew on during my professional training and career as a Social Worker working with older people. Well done Judith, I trust your book finds a wide readership. ~Irene Draper Retired Social Worker DSW DHE Bournemouth University - England"
"The author of this book is my friend, and as she wrote it I read each and every chapter. I can tell you it was written with much love and deep compassion for those who have suffered the heartache of a loved one’s passing. Understandably, I shed my tears. I’m sure when you read parts of this you will naturally feel a certain sadness as well. But with that will also come a much deeper and comforting understanding of the healing process when we realize the full, loving power in our own Art and Grace of Communication. God Bless you all. ~Eve Edwards Friend"
My first Kathy Reichs book and I enjoyed it. Not my usual genre, but I was interested in the setting... Montreal... Quebec... and then the storyline jMy first Kathy Reichs book and I enjoyed it. Not my usual genre, but I was interested in the setting... Montreal... Quebec... and then the storyline just swept me along. Most all of my former mysteries were Nancy Drew or Miss Jane Marple. ...more
I love to read stories about our animal friends. This was one I had heard about for a while and when I finally got to reading it, I was totally absorbI love to read stories about our animal friends. This was one I had heard about for a while and when I finally got to reading it, I was totally absorbed. Charming, loving... ...more
All of Leo's books touch my heart. They make me think and examine what I'm doing... how I'm living. I got to meet him but once, and while I look backAll of Leo's books touch my heart. They make me think and examine what I'm doing... how I'm living. I got to meet him but once, and while I look back and realize what an honor it was... if I could do it all over again, I would have seen him every chance I had. He was a beautiful and loving, and very funny and extremely interesting and brilliant man. My advice? Read everything he has written....more