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Healing After Loss: Daily Meditations For Working Through Grief Paperback – December 1, 1994
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About the Author
MARTHA WHITMORE HICKMAN is the author of more than twenty books for adults and children. Among her adult titles are The Growing Season, Fullness of Time, and I Will Not Leave You Desolate. Books for young children include And God Created Squash, When Andy's Father Went to Prison, and Eeps Creeps, It's My Room.
A native of Massachusetts and a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Mount Holyoke, she has lived in the south for many years. To her writing she brings the additional perspective of being a wife, mother, grandmother, and sometime editor and teacher. She presently lives with her husband in Nashville, Tennessee.
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Top Customer Reviews
The friend who gave me the book had lost both her parents and her maternal grandparents within a 10 year span. She actually brought over her own dog-eared copy saying that I needed it now and she didn't have time to get a new one. Since then I have ordered my own as well as copies for my parents, Aunts and Uncles and friends.
This book has incredibly insight, hope, understanding and some new ideas delivered in small doses (the tiny shafts of light in the darkness). Since concentration levels are so affected during grieving, the one page entries are easy to read or skip, if you need a one that will more fit your moment. With grief, at least for me, it seems like my mood and outlook can change so much within a couple days - this book fills many needs.
Although my husband hasn't read it like I have, I will now and again give him a page to read that is particularly insightful for us at that moment and it can, however briefly, help him as well.
At first I read what ever I turned to when I opened it, then I read all the dates that were significant to me, now I am reading it like a daily diary. Last week I was talking to my friend, she has a copy, and although she listened she didn't feel she had an answer for me. Later, she called back giving me a page in the book to read - it was so completely accurate for that moment and feeling - I felt a bit of strength after reading the page.
I cannot say enough about the author and her grace, strength and ability to comfort.Read more ›
I personally have found this book to be wonderful. The first reason is because it is so easy to read. You read a very short page a day! Surely anyone can make time for that.
Yes, there IS spirituality in this book, but so far, I have not found anything that is militant or overly Christian like other books I have dealt with on the subject of death. I must disagree with a previous reviewer on its overly "Christian" contact. I will warn you, if you are an atheist, you may not want this book. If you follow any path, be it Hindu, Buddhist, Christian, I think you will like this book.
I also feel it is pretty good at dealing with a very wide range of bereavement, from those who have lost a child, a spouse, a parent, or friend.
I often find myself highlighting passages in it. I really do like it and I think that every funeral home, hospice, and hospital should carry this to help those who are going home for the first time to a new life without their loved one.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this book. It helped me with my mom's death. So many days it said just what I needed to hear. I now buy them to share with others. Great resource.Published 13 hours ago by Sandra J. Turner
I have benefitted from this book immensely and have purchased it many times for friends who have lost a loved one.Published 1 day ago by Beverly Schmidt
I got this book for my mom who lost her father and brother within months of each other earlier this year. Read morePublished 3 days ago by MKillen
Very good and accurate in touching the sorrow and depth of grief. I would recommend it to all who have suffered a loss.Published 4 days ago by holly brown
This is the best book on Loss that I have read. I keep a few on hand to give to other people that have suffered the loss of a loved one. I think when people get sympathy cards... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Debbie G
Excellent readings. Every day I feel comforted, inspired, understood after a surprise loss in my life. I have recommended this book to lots of people.Published 7 days ago by JerseyGran
I really like these meditations and they have been helpful to me after losing my daughter to a full-term stillbirth. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Anita Kelley Harris
I found this book helpful during the first year following the loss of my son. The book was originally given to me as a gift. I ordered this one for a friend after her loss.Published 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
Since my husband died over a year ago, I cannot concentrate on reading. The readings in this book are short and to the point. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Amazon Customer