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Grieving a Soulmate: The Love Story Behind Till Death Do Us Part Paperback – January 17, 2011
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"This part self-help book, part memoir, and tribute to Jeri, Robert Orfali's soulmate, reaches out to anyone adrift in the chaotic world of grief."
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Jeri and Robert spent the next 10 years fighting Jeri's cancer and learning how to live with it. Jeri even learned how to surf during her chemo years. She went from "Silicon Valley Executive Woman of the Year" to "Waikiki Surfer Chick." Jeri received one of the most moving surfer funerals ever. Her ashes are in the ocean at Waikiki.
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Richard E. Beth, Ph.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Kelly Gill Wells, LCSW, PIP
Adult & Adolescent Psychology Associates, LLC
At one point, Orfali mentions that he wishes he could have read this same book before his wife passed, and so in order to help others, he writes about his experience with grieving the death of his soulmate, Jeri. He writes about how he dealt with his own grief and gives an analytical but heartfelt approach to sorting through the mess death leaves behind--both the emotional aspects and the practical. Through sharing his wife's passing and the grieving that followed, Orfali seeks to provide the reader with the preparation, support, and understanding needed to grieve their lover when death comes. He discusses how to reconstruct one's life, find new meaning as a survivor, and that it is possible to learn to live again and once again be whole.
Orfali's writing style is gentle, but firm, handling the reader with care while guiding them through a difficult topic. There is a section in the book in which he attempts to give a thorough overview of the available "grief theory--" the theories published by psychologists ranging from Sigmund Freud to Elizabeth Kubler-Ross and how this research impacted his grieving process, and also acknowledges the various self-help books available and what they did for him.
Because death is inevitable and is always waiting on the doorstep, this book is for lovers of all ages.
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It felt like he was writing our story only the patient was my husband and I was the caretaker. I was amazed at the similarity to our situation. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Suzanne B.
Really enjoyed reading it. The story got me in. I learnt from the book and have recommended it to friends.Published 18 months ago by Dr. Fang of Voodoo AE
Great quick read with some helpful tips here and there. The author has some good advice coming from the viewpoint of the significant other without talk of turning to God or... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Maggie Tierney
I waited awhile after my loss to try and come to terms with it. This book was just the ticket. It was empathetic, soulful, endearing and matter of fact about a lot of issues I... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Debi McCarley
Helped me & my family understand our grieving better. We have something to base our feelings on as we traveled back and forth in our loved one's passing.Published 23 months ago by Dianne Massey
Very helpful through my own grieving.Some was repetative information. I would recommend to anyone who has lost the love of their life.Published 24 months ago by Linda