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Awakening from Grief: Finding the Road Back to Joy Paperback – December 1, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-1928732570 ISBN-10: 1928732577 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Open Heart Pubns; 1 edition (December 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1928732577
  • ISBN-13: 978-1928732570
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,033,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A MUST READ for the soul. If you are grieving, this book will comfort you. If not, it will prepare you for that which is not small stuff." -- Richard Carlson, Ph.D., author, "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff"

"Everyone experiences grief. My great friend, John Welshons, has insights that will source and serve you, get you through your pain, and mend your broken heart. I love the great thinking in this book!" -- Mark Victor Hansen, co-creator "Chicken Soup for the Soul" series

"This book is exactly what you need to heal your aching heart . . . it will feel like a warm shower running inside of you where coldness previously lived . . . BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN!" -- Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, author "Your Erroneous Zones"

About the Author

JOHN E. WELSHONS is a gifted counselor and teacher who for more than twenty-five years has been helping people to deal with dramatic life change and loss. His graduate work in "History of Religions" was done at Florida State University. He has worked extensively with Ram Dass, Stephen Levine, Mark Victor Hansen (co-creator, Chicken Soup for the Soul), and has studied with Elisabeth Kubler-Ross. He is the Founder and President of Open Heart Seminars, and has a wide range of business and teaching experience. He is a frequent lecturer to businesses, churches, hospitals, hospices, colleges, and universities throughout the U.S.

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Customer Reviews

A friend let me borrow a copy of her book.
Mary
This book contains great information and is clearly helpful in dealing with loss and grief.
Kathleen A. Rogers
I recommend this book to everyone not just those grieving a loss.
Catherine J. Pondozzi

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 3, 2001
Format: Paperback
Awakening From Grief is wonderfully different from other books on this subject. It allows you to rediscover and embrace the memory of someone who has died rather than forcing you to "get over" the loss. As it turns out, the cure is not trying to forget, but encouraging you to remember, to allow yourself to feel the joy the person who has died brought you and still brings you.
John Welshons manages to pull this off not by resorting to Hallmark platitudes, religious quick fixes, or amateur psychology...but by simply telling his own story in a very compelling way.
I've now given this book several times to friends who have lost someone. The last person I gave it to (who lost a teenage son) told me it was the most wonderful gift she's ever received.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Lorraine Ash on December 29, 2000
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In my house I have a box in which I reverentially keep those few precious writings and items that most help me heal from the death of my daughter last year. "Awakening From Grief" is in that box. Believe me, I've read a whole lot of grief books and this is one of the best.
John Welshons has a genius for blending life experience and philosophy into a provocative healing balm for the soul. You can feel him reach out from the pages. "Awakening from Grief" helped me unite my emotions and thoughts so that they worked together to form a new outlook on the situation.
The book works as memoir as well as grief companion. Welshons shares touching stories from his own life that let readers know he has lived on the emotional landscapes about which he writes.
His writing voice is assuring, conversational, honest and caring.
This book will make you weep but when you finish it I believe you will find, as I did, that you walk more peacefully and happily in the world. You will feel, and be aware of, how your grief has deepened you.
If this book were a gem, it'd be a diamond.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 26, 2000
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Yesterday, I snuggled up in a blanket on my couch and read AWAKENING FROM GRIEF. I can't begin to tell you how the words moved me. Until now, I have felt like most of the material I have read about grieving has been a band-aid; a small protective device to keep out harmful germs. After reading AWAKENING FROM GRIEF I feel as though my heart has been covered in a sterile bandage...coated with healing balm to speed the healing process...and healed within a matter of days. My heart has been hurting for years, so I knew it wasn't healed before. Now it is feeling young, and loved, and happy again. I feel truly alive for the first time in a long time! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 14, 2000
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This book has changed my life! It is far superior to any other book I've read on the subject . . . most of which tend to be much too syrupy. AWAKENING FROM GRIEF is Real, Honest, and straightforward. It never fails to look at the deepest aspects of the experience of loss and sadness, yet it always shows the reader the road to a new, healing perspective . . . the "Road Back to Joy." What's most remarkable about it is that it isn't really about grief as much as it is about happiness. By showing us the ways in which our attachment to feeling victimized stands in the way of our ability to be happy, this book offers a taste of true spiritual freedom and REAL healing. This book has helped me heal childhood wounds that have resisted all forms of therapy. It has helped me to find a lightness in my life that I've never felt before. I will be forever grateful for this book, and I highly recommend it!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 23, 2000
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Dealing with the loss of a loved one is one of life's most difficult challenges, but the opportunity to turn the experience into something that informs us about ourselves and our relationships is what the Welshons book is all about. I think what separates this book from others is that the author fills the book with personal stories of genuine growth that give us a realistic roadmap to effectively dealing with death and making the experience as enriching and forward looking as possible. All in all, it is quite a useful book and is an meanigful touchstone for all kinds of painful and difficult experiences.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By carolyn sheridan on January 1, 2004
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This - and Surviving Grief (published by Judson Press for $6)
are THE 2 books (out of many) I checked out of the library that IMMEDIATELY made me feel more serene, accepting, as if I would get through this somehow. Not better, really - but more human and more in touch with the Divine. And somehow FINE in a decidedly UNFINE convergence of circumstances. A bargain for pain you'd pay $100s to ease. Thank you to both John Welshons and to Wayne Dyer for putting his weight behind the book. Invaluable. Priceless.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A. Sheer on December 19, 1999
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If you enjoyed Tuesdays with Morrie, spend Wednesday with John. Mr. Welshons draws on his twenty-five years of working with both the terminally ill and those in mourning. However, this book is written for anyone who has experienced any type of loss whether through death, divorce or disappointment. Mr. Welshons explains that only through embracing our pain will our hearts open to feel greater joy.
The author conveys his thoughts by telling personal stories which will move the reader and explaining their lessons.
It's an easy to read life affirming book which gives a fresh perspective on death, loss and life.
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