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Don't Take My Grief Away: What to Do When You Lose a Loved One Paperback – September 5, 1984

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A warm, consoling, practical guidance to help the bereaved cope with emotions, confront decisions, and learn to live again.

About the Author

Doug Manning, a Baptist pastor for the past thirty years, is currently director of the Family Growth Center in Hereford, Texas.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; 1 edition (September 5, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060654171
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060654177
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,191 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Doug's career has included minister, counselor, business executive, author and publisher. He and his wife, Barbara, have been parents to four daughters and long-term caregivers to three parents.
After thirty years in the ministry, Doug began a new career in 1982. He now devotes his time to writing, counseling and offering his insights on grief and elder care issues at his free blog thecarecommunity.com. His publishing company, In-Sight Books, Inc. specializes in books, videos and DVD productions specifically designed to help people face some of the toughest challenges of life.
Doug has a warm conversational style in which he shares insights from his various experiences. Sitting down to read a book from Doug is like having a long conversation with a good friend.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 28, 1999
Format: Paperback
After losing my best friend to suicide, I was completely devistated--my world was strange and I was no longer able to relate to those around me. I felt alone in my grief. While attending a support group, this book crossed my path. I was so tired of hearing, "Why aren't you over this?" I read a line from this book that brought me much validity: "Don't take my grief away, I've earned it." What struck me about this book was how it doesn't force recovery. It eases the reader into it. It also allows the reader to identify at many different stages of grief--one week removed from death, to years later. I recommend this book to anyone struggling with recovery from loss.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By "dabblingmum" on January 12, 2002
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This handbook, written by Doug Manning, is meant to give you an overview of what happens when someone dies, and the choices that need to be made. It is a very easy read that is meant to help you prepare for the funeral and deal with people who do not understand your loss.
I especially love his story on how the book was named and how he developed a new compassion for those that grieve.
A young mother said, 'Don't take my grief from me. I deserve it. I am going to have it.' Though he did not hear the words spoken from her mouth, those words haunted him enough to change the concept he had towards those that greived and the recovery that would follow. He began to understand that though we need to recover and move on, we also need to experience the loss and move in our own time, not someone else's.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 28, 1997
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I have always loved to read. However, after the death of my husband in 1990 I suddenly was absolutely not interested in any book, pamphet, TV guide, etc. (just wasn't able to to concentrate on ANYTHING, much less a book. About 4-6 weeks after his death, I joined a widow's support group. Although I only attended this group for about 2 months, this was the place I found "Don't take my grief away", I took it home and read it from cover to cover - and it re-affirmed what I was feeling and had experienced. I recommed this book to all widows, widowers and also to anyone who wants to know how to help someone after a loss of a spouse.
I give this book a lot of credit in assisting me on that very long road to recovery. A HEALTY recovery doesn't just take time ( as 'they' say ), it also takes TONS of hard work
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous on September 24, 2005
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I really like, and benefit, from Doug Manning writings. This book is concise, easy to read--each topic is only a few pages in length. At the beginning and end of each topic is a brief phrase--helps a person to put into use what one has just read. Very comforting writing.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 16, 2001
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Yes, this book has it right. Grief is ours to experience in our own way and to heal as we choose to grieve. Grief is a process it is something that will be with us forever.
I also used Write from the Heart, A Healing Grief Journal with this book. Also for my children I bought After the Tears, A Gentle Guide to Help Children Understand Death (video) This had healing activities. All of these resources are great for healing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lavern Gibson on February 3, 2006
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My wife has just passed away and I went to grief classes but this book has helped me find myself better than all the grief classes.I have ordered several for my friends that are having problems like me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Frequent Amazon Customer on February 21, 2012
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This book, a little book, but a book filled with gems of wisdom starting with the funeral of your loved one. That said, I was given this book while in the depths of depression, grieving the death of my wife who had been in my life for 42 years. I read about 20 books on grief, searching for any tools to help relieve the pain I was suffering. This little book, written by an Texas Baptist minister, is filled with gems of wisdom. More than any other book that I read, Doug Manning's words of God's comfort helped me through this most difficult time in my life.

You will not be disappointed in reading this book. Doug is a gifted counselor, touching on just about every aspect of grieving for a loved one while not getting so theoretical that you miss God's message of comfort. While written from a Christian viewpoint, non-believers will benefit from the gems of wisdom that Doug shares. For even non-believers grieve and have pain similar to believers.

This book made such an impression on me that I now buy this book in bulk from Amazon. These I give out to those whom I meet who have lost a loved one. This has become a ministry for me, that of passing on God's comfort as He comforted me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Raylita on February 27, 2012
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I found this book very helpful after the death of my Mother. I bought a copy for my brother and my daughter.
This book says so much in the title, "Don't take my grief away." It is mine, I will get through it--and it is okay if I do it my way and in my own time. Everyone is on a different timeline with grief, knowing this, and giving myself permission to take my time and learn from this experience, has been so helpful.
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