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Grieving the Death of a Friend Paperback – April 1, 1996

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ISBN-13: 978-0806628424 ISBN-10: 0806628421

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About the Author

Harold Ivan Smith is the author of many books including On Grieving the Death of a Father, Grieving the Death of a Friend, Singles Ask and I Wish Someone Understood My Divorce. A former funeral director, he is a member of the Association for Death Education and Counseling, and leader of seminars on grief and spirituality. He lives in Kansas City, Missouri.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Augsburg Books (April 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806628421
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806628424
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,527,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By NiceGuy1 on June 15, 2003
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It is quite obvious to me that author Harold Ivan Smith has grieved over the loss of friends himself. "Grieving the Death of a Friend" is not just a result of Smith's role as grief counselor, researcher, or author. He willing shares with the reader his personal grief, not just over one, but over several friends who have died.
Three great strengths of Smith's book are his conversational writing style, his use of quotations from other sources, and the use of his own prose to illustrate a point. Perhaps the greatest strength of the book, however, is the structure or basic outline Smith uses in his writing: Key chapters include: The Passing, The Burying, The Mourning, The Remembering, and The Reconciling.
"Grieving the Death of a Friend" was primarily written with christian readers in mind, although elements of the jewish tradition are mentioned.
A central theme seems to jump out at the reader in Smith's book: his belief in his own eventual reunion with friends he has lost. Smith does this without any apology whatsoever.
I very much recommend this book to those who have lost friends to death. You have every right to grieve, and "Grieving the Death of a Friend" will help you through the grieving process, even if you are revisiting a loss that occurred many years ago.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MaineGirl on July 23, 2010
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When a close childhood friend of mine died several years ago, I looked far and wide for books about losing a friend, and found that most literature on grief is focused on the death of a spouse or child. Which is understandable, but not the same thing. This book was wonderful and just what I'd been looking for. Blessings.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gavin on March 8, 2014
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Lots or repetitive information. It was good to see the opinion of others about "friend grief" - so it helped somewhat. Some exercises at the end that reminded me way too much of corporate teaming exercises. OK if you like that kind of stuff - but not really helpful to me.
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