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Good Grief: A Constructive Approach to the Problem of Loss Paperback – January 1, 1997


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress Publishers; 1 edition (January 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800611144
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800611149
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 4.2 x 6.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #637,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I just finished re-reading this gem. It is immediately clear why it has been and will continue to be a best seller. It is written with the heart of a pastor, the insight of a psychologist, the humanity of a father and husband and the hope of someone who has seen so many survive the process of grieving. It is simple but not simplistic. It is profound but not professorial. Most importantly, it describes the pathway through grieving that can only be found through honesty. In my opinion, this is a book that should quickly be in the hands of anyone grieving for any reason. --Dr. Timothy Johnson, M.D. and ABC News Senior Medical Contributor --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

From the Publisher

Rediscover the hope and comfort that millions of readers have found in Good Grief. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

The Late Granger E. Westberg held a joint professorship in medicine and religion at the University of Chicago and a professorship in preventive medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. Considered a pioneer in the interrelationship of religion and medicine, and in holistic health care.

Customer Reviews

It is a layman's guide helping you through the grief process.
Janet E. Dietzman
This book helped me a great deal with understanding what my best friend is going through during her grieving process.
L Skinner
A good friend sent me this book during the holidays, but I just read it recently.
Ida Wood

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

125 of 126 people found the following review helpful By Ida Wood on January 16, 2000
Format: Paperback
My 20-year-old son and only child was killed in an automobile accident 11-2-99. So, my husband and I as well as many family and friends are still grieving. A good friend sent me this book during the holidays, but I just read it recently. I was amazed at how the author so simply, in only a few words, captures the essence of grieving--not only grieving for one who has died but other grieving events such as divorce, losing a job, etc. I think the book helped me most understand what my husband is experiencing because I think we are in different stages of grieving. I feel that I can better understand some of his behavior now after reading this book. I plan to share this powerful book with others, especially young people who are having an especially difficult time accepting my son's sudden death.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 20, 1999
Format: Paperback
I was introducted to this small book when my daughter died last year. Although there is not much anyone can say at a time like that a few concise, and meaningful words have a way of causing reflection later. This book does just that. Understanding my grief is a lot of the problem with the loss. It helped.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 15, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book was given to me by a dear friend 1 1/2 years ago after the loss of my mother. At that time I could not understand the depths that this book explores the process of loss. It takes a very simple approach to a very complex problem and comes out letting you know the emotions that you feel are normal and that you will survive. At times I felt that this book was my string to sanity. I have since made it an effort to give copies of this book to friends that have or are going through the process so that they may be comforted in some small way.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Samuel Lee Oliver on December 1, 1999
Format: Paperback
GOOD GRIEF is written in simple, down to earth, wisdom. It shares how painful and inwardly revealing the experience of living through grief can be. Granger Westberg takes the reader into the heart and soul of loss and reminds us just how sacred our human relationships really are. -- Samuel Oliver, author of, WHAT THE DYING TEACH US: LESSONS ON LIVING.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 13, 1999
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I slip this small book in with a sympathy card when a member of the church I serve loses a loved one. Yesterday a woman who had just lost her brother told me she wished she had had the book 8 years ago, when her husband died. Several people have described standing at the mailbox and reading the book, forgetting all else in the comfort of finding that their feelings are normal and to be expected. I have also shared it with a woman dealing with the accident that left her son a paraplegic, and the widow who was facing living alone for the first time in her life with her daughter's upcoming marriage. It has been a comfort and help to them all. I highly recommend the book to anyone experiencing grief.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Ann Atkinson on July 11, 2003
Format: Paperback
Good Grief by Granger E. Westberg is a book that is cheap ... and short (64 pages) which I was able to read in one afternoon. It is packed with good information. Pages 24 and 24:::Even though a person does come out of the initial shock, he will undoubtedly experience times in the succeeding days and months when the unreality of the loss comes over him again. Every now and then he will say,"I just can't believe it has happened. Intellectually I know it did happen, but I guess I just have not really accepted it emotionally." For all of us the biggest hurdle is "accepting it emotionally."

This is what I am dealing with sometimes even after 11 months of living through the completed suicide of my fiance, Bob. I accept it on one point but sometimes it hits me temporarily for a few moments and it is hard to accept. The online web sites help too - groww.org, 1000deaths.com, survivorsofsuicide.com, and online support groups and SOS in person meetings.
Ann in Nashville
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 27, 1999
Format: Paperback
My mother was killed several years ago and my father read this book while he was mourning her lose. He passed away in June and I found this book in with some of his personal belongings. Being a short and easy to read book, I took the time to read it for myself. I saw that I had passed through some of the phases in this wonderfully written book. This book enlightenment me so much that I now look at death and grief in a totally different way. This is a good book for someone who doesn't want to get bogged down with wordy, preaching books.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Gale L. Perkins on November 20, 1997
Format: Paperback
I first read this book after I loss a father figure. I went to the bookstore and chose the thinnest book I could find because I needed help quickly. It was a great help because it guided me to know what feelings I would be experiencing, and I remember thinking "I'm not going crazy afterall." Since I first read it, I've given it to someone else. Yesterday I stood with a friend as she went to be with the Lord. I think I could use this book again. So, I'm ordering two. One for me, and one to lend.
If you are having a difficult time dealing with grief, this book will help you understand your feelings -- only God can help deal with them. Together, I found them a good combination.
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