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“Grief and loss are dreaded experiences that many wish to either avoid or to rapidly solve. In Grieving Mindfully, Kumar offers the alternative of welcoming the experience as an opportunity to develop our humanity. This book offers a path to healthy grieving for people encountering losses of many kinds.”
—Richard Tedeschi, Ph.D., professor of psychology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte



“Kumar’s approach to dealing with grief and loss is creative and radically transformative. Drawing on his experience as a practicing psychologist and his training in the Buddhist enlightenment tradition, he suggests that instead of hiding from our grief, trying to forget or get over it, we take a more demanding and rewarding path—walking straight through grief with mindful awareness, fearless observance, and profound compassion. His book has the potential to bring strength and healing to the millions who grieve and to revolutionize the approach of psychologists and counselors working with those in profound grief.”
—Glenn H Mullin, Buddhist meditation teacher and author of Living in the Face of Death: The Tibetan Tradition

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A powerful and effective combination of mindfulness meditation techniques and moment-to-moment awareness, along with proven psychological strategies, helps readers cope with, understand, and transform their grief.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications; 1 edition (July 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572244011
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572244016
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sameet Kumar, Ph.D., is the clinical psychologist for the Memorial Cancer Institute in Broward County, Florida. He specializes in working with cancer patients and their caregivers. In addition to his training as a psychologist using mindfulness-based therapies, he has also studied with many leading Buddhist and Hindu teachers. He is the author of Grieving Mindfully: A Compassionate and Spiritual Guide to Coping with Loss, The Mindful Path Through Worry and Rumination: Letting Go of Anxious and Depressive Thoughts and Mindfulness for Prolonged Grief.

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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Albert T. Kelley on March 19, 2008
Format: Paperback
My wife, best friend and soul mate for 31 years died in July, 2007. I have read several books on the subject of grieving and coping with the loss of a spouse. This book is the best and most useful of all. I am now reading it again for the third time. It has been transformational for me as I try to find a "new normal" in my life. I would highly recommend this book to anyone dealing with the loss of a loved one. I would also recommend re-reading it at different times after the loss. You will get different things out of it as the time passes since your loss.
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Laurie Pfeiffer on September 22, 2005
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Dr. Kumar has presented the reader with tools, lessons, and goals for coping with grief that are not only compassionate and fulfilling, but also practical and realistic. His guidance can be applied to almost every aspect of life and its stressful times, not only the loss of a friend or family member. The book encourages ones ability to embrace change as an inevitable part of life, whatever the circumstances. I have already employed several of his mindfulness exercises and have found the results emotionally rewarding. This book has something to contribute to everyone's understanding of life and death. I have already recommended this book to many people I know.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Joseph D. Weinman Mcelwee on August 19, 2006
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Dr Kumar has taken his years of practice in grief counseling, his Bhuddist belief in the importance of consciously living in the present, and the knowlege he as absorbed from other experts to beautifully write a gentle guide for those of us who are dealing with the loss of someone or something basic to our lives.

There is not an unecessary word in this book perhaps because of the evident respect and compassion with which Kumar seems to have for his grieving readers and his desire to show them how to make their present lives manageable and even enjoyable.

This book should be read by every person who had suffered an invaluable loss. I hope it is.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Julie Jordan Scott on October 24, 2007
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Who would expect to come into contact with a Mindfulness Meditation Primer during a time of excrutiating pain and sadness?

Probably only a handful of us - and the blessing is that in Dr. Kumar's
gently paced grief guide, we find all that and more. It is written in short, easy digestable chunks with both "how-to's" and soul-methods to facilitate a never-simple process we all experience at some point in our lives.

Highlights for me include the definition and application of radical acceptance and the 5 Steps to Facilitate Closure. These two nuggets contain gifts that will multiply many times over... and over again.

This is a title that belongs on people's shelves because we will all grieve eventually - and chances are someone close to you is grieving right now. Your compassion may be called into duty (and privilege) right this moment.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Matter on January 29, 2012
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First of all, if you're looking at this book and the reviews and deciding whether or not to get it, it probably means that either you or a loved one are grieving and trying to find some help. If so, get this book, you'll be happy that you did.

I picked up this book when dealing with a very shocking and difficult break-up, which I don't think is the typical reason people might be looking for this book, but, as the book points out, grieving can occur whenever you lose anything that you value. It could be the loss of a loved one, and also the loss of a job, a relationship, or any other change in your life where something that you once "had" is now gone. The book, I think, was a key part of my getting over that loss as well as I did, and now I read the book whenever I'm struggling with another loss.

The key part of the book is that it teaches you to accept grief for what it is, not what other people say it should be or what you think you should be experiencing at a given point. That acceptance is crucial, both in helping you to not beat yourself up over something you can't help at a time when you already feel pretty low, and also because it sets the foundation for the other methods described to help you cope. It's not something I've picked up anywhere else, and it's very helpful.

Also, although it's based on some basic Buddhist principles, mainly impermanence, the methods taught could easily be used by everybody. The book doesn't really get into Buddhism that much, and doesn't describe things in Buddhist terms, so it worked well for me as a secular Buddhist, and I think should work for most people.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Amy Schaffer on July 11, 2005
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My rabbi often talks about the goal of judaism as sanctifying aspects of our life. Dr. Kumar has done just that with his book. In fact, he has applied the principle to perhaps the most challenging of circumstances, dealing with the death of someone we love. This book helps us to cope with grace and compassion. Dr. Kumar's words capture the very essence of his message. I highly recommend this book!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By E. Grieff on July 20, 2007
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My significant other of 11 years died from metastatic melanoma at the age of 50. My life has been turned up-side-down and this book has been very comforting. I believe it is one of the best grief books I read - and I read many. It is based on Buddhist principles that are far more effective in dealing with grief than any Christian denomination.
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