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Product Details

  • Paperback: 102 pages
  • Publisher: Hospice of the Valley; Second edition (October 31, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979849039
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979849039
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #417,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book, which was written as a practical guide through the first year of grief for bereaved family members of Hospice of the Valley in Phoenix, AZ, will have wide applicability in other grieving contexts as well. Its three sections (Understanding the Grief Process, Managing Your Grief, and From Surviving to Transcending Your Grief) are well written, compassionate and convey realistic hopefulness for the predictable and unpredictable passages of the grief journey. -- --Rev. Paul A. Metzler, in The Forum, Quarterly Newsletter of the Association for Death Educaiton and Counseling, April/May/June 2005. (This review refers to the first edition.)

About the Author

As both a bereaved parent and a bereaved child, Marty Tousley has focused her practice on issues of loss, grief and transition for more than 40 years. She joined Hospice of the Valley in Phoenix, Arizona as a bereavement counselor in 1996, and now serves as moderator for its online Grief Healing Discussion Groups. A frequent contributor to healthcare journals, newsletters, books and magazines, she has authored a number of books, booklets, articles and online e-mail courses addressing various aspects of loss and grief. With her special interest in grief and the human-animal bond, she facilitated the pet loss support group for bereaved animal lovers at Hospice of the Valley, and for many years has served as the Mental Health Consultant to the Halton-Peel Pet Loss Support Group in Ontario, Canada and to the Pet Grief Support Service in Phoenix, AZ. Her own Grief Healing Web site (GriefHealing.com) offers information, comfort and support to anyone who is anticipating or coping with the loss of a loved one, whether a person or a cherished companion animal. She is certified as a Fellow in Thanatology (Death, Dying and Bereavement) by the Association for Death Education and Counseling, and as a Clinical Specialist in Adult Psychiatric/ Mental Health Nursing Practice by the American Nurses Association.

More About the Author

I am a nationally certified grief counselor, offering information, comfort and support to the bereaved and those who care for them. I was a member of the Bereavement Team at Hospice of the Valley in Phoenix, AZ for nearly 17 years, and for ten of those years served as moderator of its innovative online grief support forums. In October 2013, I obtained sole ownership of the online Grief Healing Discussion Groups, where I continue to serve as moderator. Over the years I've developed and maintained a collection of sites on the Internet carrying the Grief Healing label (now including my website, blog, Facebook and Google+ pages, Pinterest boards and Twitter stream). With my special interest in grief and the human-animal bond, I facilitated a pet loss support group for bereaved animal lovers in Phoenix for 15 years, and now serve as consultant to the Pet Loss Support Group at Hospice of the Valley and to the Ontario Pet Loss Support Group in Canada. I also work with veterinary clinics and other organizations to foster greater understanding of pet loss among staff members, thereby building better helping relationships with grieving clients. Having experienced and worked through many personal losses myself, including the deaths of several beloved companion animals, I have a deep understanding of the special attachment that occurs between people and their pets, and a genuine appreciation of the painful effects of pet loss through disappearance, relinquishment, illness or death. I am a frequent contributor to healthcare journals, newsletters and magazines for the lay public, and have written several articles and book chapters in the professional nursing and medical literature. My online articles appear regularly on the Open to Hope Foundation and The Grief Toolbox websites and in the Holistic Expressions Newsletter. Published works include Children and Pet Loss: A Guide for Helping (1996), The Final Farewell: Preparing for and Mourning the Loss of Your Pet (1997), Explaining the Funeral or Memorial Service to Your Children (2005), Helping Another in Grief (2007), and Finding Your Way through Grief: A Guide for the First Year, Second Edition (2008). I've authored three online e-courses for Self-Healing Expressions, including The First Year of Grief: Help for the Journey, A Different Grief: Coping with Pet Loss, and Helping You and Your Children with Pet Loss, along with a number of Healing E-books addressing various topics such as How to Write a Eulogy, How to Write an Obituary, How to Write Heartfelt Condolence Letters, and How to Write Sympathy Thank-You Notes.

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This is the best book I've found on this subject.
P. S. Murray
Grieving the loss of a 30 year marriage was so painful and filled with so many questions that this book answers.
Angel
Overall, this book is a helpful, useful, wonderful manual.
Mary Jane Hurley Brant

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rita M. Reynolds on March 21, 2010
Format: Paperback
Losing anyone dear to us brings a crisis to our lives that is beyond definition. Whether a parent, friend, partner, sibling, spouse or animal companion, the pain is so often beyond measure that we feel as if nothing and no one can bring us out of our grief. Marty Tousley, Bereavement Counselor and member of Hospice of the Valley, Phoenix AZ offers a book that quite likely will be the best guide through the grieving and healing process following such a loss, that anyone would need. Finding Your Way Through Grief takes us through that first, most traumatic year following the death of a beloved one. The book is divided into four parts for easy referencing and each section studies loss and grief in depth, from the various stages of shock, confusion, anger and guilt, to name a few, to how to find a support group and professional help. There is a section devoted to helping a child deal with grief, and how to work through the death of a dog, cat, or other companion animal. Marty Tousley, highly professional in her field of grief counseling, writes from experience as a bereaved parent and bereaved child, with a clear sense of compassion. The text is well organized, easy to follow from the beginning or access at any point in the book, with suggested ways to help another person who is suffering through grief. This is an important feature,for anyone who is grieving the loss of a loved one needs any such help to be concise and easy to comprehend. A resource section follows the text with further reading material including books and magazines and grief healing discussion groups. I highly recommend this book - it should be in everyone's personal library.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mary Jane Hurley Brant on June 3, 2011
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This is a wonderful book. If you have lost someone you love and don't know how to handle the pain and grief, this is the book for you. If you know someone looking for a resource to help someone else and they just don't know what to do, give them this book as a guide.

I read Finding Your Way Through Grief, A Guide for the First Year written by Marty Tousley, CNS,-BC, FT, DCC on two different levels: personal and clinical. Because she is a nurse, bereavement counselor and mother who lost her own child and I am a bereaved mother and psychotherapist who lost an adult child to cancer, I thought we would have much in common in our lives and we do.

Marty Tousley gives a piece of advice early in the book, "Grief is not an illness to be cured...." That thought alone provides comfort to any mourner for it recognizes grieving as a natural process when we have suffered the loss of someone we love. Her statement recognizes that grief is a universal, normal response to loss not pathology as some might hold.

This book generously validates all of our feelings of loss, "It never really ends; you don't get over grief. It is something you will learn to live with...." This respects the grieving person. It immediately helps remove any residue of guilt a reader might hold in a society that wants us all back at our desk in three days.

This book states how death can prompt a crisis of faith. Many books about loss do not take on this topic but it's true. People often do feel their faith shake. I found the topics nurse and bereavement counselor Marty Tousley addressed - confusion, disorientation and fear - and her suggestions in how to cope with these emotions not only applicable but practical to the daily task of trying to live one's life again.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Korpi on February 4, 2010
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In "Finding Your Way Through Grief," author/bereavement counselor Marty Tousely has created the essential handbook for those who are trying to regain their physical, spiritual and psychological footing after the death of someone close to them. In her clear, compassionate, approachable style, she offers invaluable insight on every aspect of the grieving process, both immediately after the loss and through that first critical year of adjustment. Being an animal chaplain myself, I was particularly pleased to see that she included a section on pet loss, thereby validating an experience too many in our society dismiss.

Tousely obviously calls upon her training in grief counseling and her work at Hospice of the Valley in plumbing the depths of all aspects of grieving and/or mourning, even including a section to help those of us who want to be of support to a friend or relative who has experienced the death of someone close to him or her but who don't know what to do. "Finding Your Way Through Grief," as its cover suggests, really does act as a compass for its readers, providing direction to those who themselves feel lost after a loss.

Sid Korpi, author of "Good Grief: Finding Peace After Pet Loss"
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Angel on May 31, 2009
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This book is a wonderful grieving aid. I only wish I had been introduced to this book when I was going through my divorce. Grieving the loss of a 30 year marriage was so painful and filled with so many questions that this book answers. I recommend this book for those who are grieving the loss of anything important in their life.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. S. Murray on April 13, 2009
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This is the best book I've found on this subject. I've learned a lot about meself and have been able to accept certain things and move on the the next challenge. It helps you understand that this can be a long process.
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