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.