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Robert L. Veninga
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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Crisis, the sage observed, is "Opportunity riding on dangerous winds." And there is, even in the death of a loved one, the loss of a job, or a painful divorce, opportunity for renewal, the author, a Minnesota public health administrator, shows. While we go through definite "stages of heartbreak," described in sensitive detail here, we can also use "survival strategies" to combat them, beginning with caring for ourselves physically. Silence about feelings is a killer, according to Veninga, that builds misconceptions, guilt and regret. Families hit by tragedy can be torn apart when its members withdraw into private pain and blame. Sharing is imperative, the author advises, and forgiveness of self and others restores hope and meaning to life. With case histories, apt quotations from philosphers, and a listing of self-help organizations, the book is comprehensive, inspirational and highly readable. First serial to Ladies Home Journal; BOMC alternate; Better Homes & Gardens Book Club selection. Foreign rights: Lescher & Lescher. November 26
Copyright 1985 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

After suffering the death of a close friend, Veninga (a college professor and author) became interested in how people react to a heartbreaking crisis. His book discusses the stages of heartbreak, methods for survival, and how people change as they recover. Veninga describes self-help strategies, but concentrates more on understanding the emotional processes and stages which are common to any heartbreak. He uses many case studies to describe how most (but not all) people find a new faith in life after a crisis. Although the material is familiar, the treatment is competent, the book well written and comforting. Distinguishing features: a chapter on how to deal with suicide, a list of support and self-help groups, and a list of books on related topics. A good choice for general collections. Margaret B. Allen, M.L.S., formerly with Bennington Free Lib., Vt.
Copyright 1985 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Inside Flap

Tragedy is a part of life, it is a part of the human mystery which we all must face. A Gift of Hope is a moving, beautifully written book that will give you the understanding and the self-assurance to overcome the anger and the loneliness, the suffering and the pain of your own personal travail: the loss of a loved one, the heartbreak of a handicapped child, a debilitating illness, an unwanted divorce, a severe financial setback. Here is a practical and inspirational guide to help you express your sorrow and begin the process of healing -- to help you move from sadness to serenity, from fear to faith, and to find courage in your moment of crisis.
-- How to identify the stages of grief and recognize your need for help
-- How to soothe the initial panic and relieve the long-term anxiety
-- How to preserve your health, resist self-destructive impulses, and renew your sense of well-being
-- How to draw on family and friends for spiritual solace and emotional support
-- When to seek professional guidance, with a comprehensive list of national organizations
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