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Faces of Grief: Stories of Surviving Loss and Finding Hope Paperback – July 12, 2011


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  • Paperback: 266 pages
  • Publisher: Wakestone Press (July 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609560108
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609560102
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,578,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Sherry Hoppe is the author of A Matter of Conscience, Redemption of a hometown hero, Bobby Hoppe; Sips of Sustenance: Grieving the Loss of Your Spouse; as well as authoring and editing books on adult education for the academic market.Dr. Hoppe s first career was as a counselor before getting her Ph.D in adult education and entering the academic world. She is the retired president of Austin Peay State University and served as president at Roane State College and Nashville State College.

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Dr. Sherry Lee Hoppe, an academic, counselor and wife who has herself endured the loss of a spouse, is the author of this heartfelt study on grief. With forty-seven chapters, half of the book focusing on personal stories, Faces of Grief covers the myriad aspects of grief: the depression that can follow, the spiritual and transformative nature of loss, and the intimate stories that can encourage and teach us how to overcome grief itself. Hoppe attempts to console while chronicling the fates of mothers, daughters, and spouses who have dealt with the untimely death of their loved ones.

I found several of Hoppe's chapters to be helpful for those making their way through the crippling and overwhelming nature of grief. For instance, at the outset of Chapter 3, "Finding Your Way Through the Blizzard of Grief," she writes, "If we hold onto the aura of our loved one--if we know in the depth of our soul our spirits remain connected and will someday be reunited, we can survive the fierceness of the storm." Hoppe also devotes several chapters to depression and suggests helping others to keep it at bay. She writes, "As challenging as it may be to force ourselves out of self-imposed exile, one of the best ways to discover how much we have to be grateful for is to help others. In our desolation, we may discover others who have lost more, who have suffered more greatly, whose agony is more acute."

Other notable chapters include Chapter 8, "Why is Life So Unfair?," Chapter 9, "I Prayed for a Miracle but the Answer was `No,'" and Chapter 14, "Resilience When Losses Come in Legions." While moving through her narrative, Hoppe turns to famous writers and thinkers including grief expert Elisabeth Kubler-Ross.

Hoppe gives serious effort to tackling a very challenging topic.
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By pageturner on December 27, 2011
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Faces of Grief gives the personal, heartbreaking accounts of what people really felt like after losing a loved one. It portrays much more than "It was hard" or "Life was difficult." The grieving individuals share their stories of raw pain, disbelief, confusion, and their feelings of having their worlds shift and the fear that nothing will ever be the same. It becomes apparent that life is indeed never the same, but they learn a new way to live with the pain while it slowly eases with the support of friends, family, church, prayer,and God. They share an overall belief that God and others carry them when they cannot walk on their own and help them find hope. Although all of the accounts are both painful and uplifting, the stories of siblings and parents losing a child, no matter the age, are particularly difficult to read without experiencing pain yourself. But the survivors learn to keep walking, keep working, keep living and keep experiencing a new way to live life on this earth without their loved ones.
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Grief comes in waves. We experience it with friends, family members, and perhaps a stranger in line while at the store. This author takes time to eloquently compile stories from people that seem just like me. She projects a theme of hope. The content and context of these stories is a reminder to me that we are not alone. Great book to share with a loved one!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bookclubber on September 8, 2011
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FACES OF GRIEF offers insights and hope for anyone grieving the loss of a loved one. Hoppe speaks from personal experience and not only offers her thoughts but also the stories of 20+ individuals who have lived through grieving the death of children, parents, siblings, and spouses. Even so, Hoppe is quick to acknowledge that how a person grieves is as unique as the individual who died and thus doesn't attempt to provide pat answers or platitudes. Instead, she uses the words of well-known writers to explore a range of emotions and feelings with which grievers can identify. While reading the book, at times I felt like she was "inside my head;" it was as if she was putting into words emotions I was feeling but couldn't express. Even more significant, despite the tragic loss experienced by those whose stories are related in the book, Hoppe leaves the reader with hope that even though it is hard to imagine, a person can survive grief and learn to live again despite the unfathomable void created by the loss.
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By Candace Flegal on November 22, 2013
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This book is so touching. It shows how differently everyone grieves. This is a well written book. Item arrived quickly and in great condition.
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More About the Author

After almost 20 years as a college and university president, Sherry Lee Hoppe retired as president from Austin Peay State University (TN) in 2007. Today, she works fulltime writing. A MATTER OF CONSCIENCE: Redemption of a hometown hero, Bobby Hoppe, takes readers inside her husband's historic trial for first-degree murder, giving a glimpse of "the man behind the mask." A subtle love story woven throughout the book reveals why she and her husband pledged to love each other 'til the 12th of Never. And, a surprise ending will astound even people who attended the 1988 trial.

Hoppe's SIPS OF SUSTENANCE: Grieving the Loss of Your Spouse was released by Wakestone Press in May 2011. The book, which includes Hoppe's own journey through grief after the death of her husband, offers tips on how to survive sorrow and find life again on the other side of despair. The author's next book, FACES OF GRIEF, was released by Wakestone in July 2011. This book includes 20 personal stories of individuals who have lost children, siblings, parents, and other loved ones. Though the tapestry of their lives may forever by woven with poignant threads of grief and sorrow, their courageous stories are testimonies of hope--hope that even though you will never get over your grief, you can get through it.

HOOKED BUT NOT HOPELESS: Escaping the Lure of Addiction, co-authored by Hoppe and her sister Sylvia Yates (Pine Rose Press, December 2011), puts faces behind the devastating words, "I am an addict." Through Sylvia's story about her 17-year struggle with prescription drug addiction and the stories of seven other recovering addicts, readers learn about the disease of addiction, how it inflicts injuries on the addict and his/her family, and how no one is ever hopeless.

Hoppe's latest book, DAILY DEVOTIONS FOR FINDING FAITH BEHIND CLOUDS (Pine Rose Press, December 2012), uses inspirational stories collected over more than 20 years to illuminate devotions that lift readers up with God's power and grace whether days are sunlit or cloudy and includes post-it meditations for each day to keep readers grounded in His love and care.