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Product Details

  • Paperback: 113 pages
  • Publisher: Beacon Press; 3 edition (June 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807027197
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807027196
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you're far away when someone you care about is in mourning, send this book—it's the next best thing to being there. And if you doubt whether your being there will do any good, read this book, and you will learn how to become the wise, reassuring, and understanding person a good friend is when a loved one has died. —Minneapolis Star

About the Author

Rabbi Earl A. Grollman is an internationally recognized bereavement counselor who has been named Hero of the Heartland and given the Distinguished Human Service Award from Yeshiva University, among countless other awards. He is author of the best-selling Living When a Loved One Has Died (Beacon / 2719-7 / $10.00 pb), among many other books, and articles about him and his work have appeared in USA Today, Harper's, Reader's Digest, Ann Landers, People, and in virtually every major American daily. He lives in Belmont, Massachusetts.

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Dr. Earl A. Grollman, a pioneer in the field of crisis intervention, was rabbi of the Beth El Temple Center in Belmont, Massachusetts, for thirty-six years. A certified death educator and counselor, he was cited as "Hero of The Heartland" for his work with the families and volunteers of the Oklahoma City bombing. Dr. Grollman has spoken at many colleges, clergy institutes, seminaries, physicians' forums, and hospital nursing associations, and has addressed many support groups, such as Compassionate Friends, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and Widows Personal Services. He has also appeared on national television and radio, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Children's Journal, All Things Considered, and Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. Recently, he was featured on National Public Radio's End of Life series in the roundtable discussion on grief and bereavement.

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I recently lost my best friend of over 40 years!
Rev. Sandy Stone
This book is so helpful for someone who has suffered the loss of a loved one.
Mabel Lombrano
This is a book that can be read and re-read many times.
Donna J. Joldersma

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Donna J. Joldersma on January 17, 2000
Format: Paperback
My husband died at 47 of lung cancer. I went to grief counseling and purchased any book or piece of information I could find to help me through the grieving process. This book, by far, has helped me the most. It was easy to read when my concentration level was at an all- time low. This was written by someone who has obviously been through this experience. I keep several copies of this book on hand to give to friends as the need arises.
This is a book that can be read and re-read many times. It has brought me great peace and comfort over these last 4 years.
Thank you so much Rabbi Grollman!
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 21, 1999
Format: Paperback
My mother died unexpectedly two months ago after fracturing her hip. I was her sole caregiver (she had moderate stage Alzheimer's) and even though I was preparing myself for her first being in a nursing home and ultimately her death years down the road, this sudden passing away left me totally empty and void. I didn't know what to feel except that I had let her down somehow. I had always promised her I would take care of her and not let anything bad happen to her. I found myself emotionless with regard to anything except grief. Then I found this book two weeks ago, took it home and read it. This book touches upon every emotion you go through when you grieve. It is not written as a self-help book. It does not tell you what some professionals think you should be doing to continue living in spite of your loss. It is simple. The sentences are short. It tells you that it is alright to feel the way you do. I have kept my book on my coffee table ever since and have picked it up twice already when I was feeling low. I will definitely be giving this book as a gift to friends as the occasion warrants.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 16, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is not for those who are in the first weeks of loss. The honesty of the text can be hard to deal with while the loss is still new. However, when I needed to finally let go after the death of my grandmother in 1996, this book was a trememdous help to me. It was the catalyst that finally got my emotions flowing and helped me to process the grief. I had been walking around in the "grief bubble" for weeks and wanted to cut through the blackness surrounding me. The passages inside were the catalyst I needed to finally get my emotions flowing and process the grief when I lost my grandmother and, later, my father. This is the gift I give to friends when they are ready to move on and step out of the shadow of loss.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 1, 2003
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I bought this book sight unseen, simply because I think he's a terrific author on death. He speaks the language of the commoner regarding death.
I was shocked to find the entire book is written as a series of poems. Originally it threw me off, but as I read the book I was better able to appreciate the impact of using that format for these words. I originally purchased the book for a close friend who was about to observe the 1st anniversary of her sister's death. I hadn't realized how much her sister's death affected me until I read this book and couldn't give it to my friend. I had to buy another copy just for her.
The poems said exactly what I had been feeling through all my grieving stages but hadn't found words to express them. It was a godsend.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rev. Wayne Bradley Robinson, Ph.D. on September 27, 2001
Format: Paperback
As a clergyperson for many decades, I have recommended this book more than any other to parishioners, whose loved one has died, given it to friends in the same situation and used it myself when I suffered the loss of a very special loved one. For most of us in today's world, we are rather isolated from the reality of death and what people truly go through when a loved one dies.
The folks we love often die in an institution. They are then handed over to a mortician, who usually "prepares" the body to look "good." And even the burial often takes place after we leave and the dirt used to bury our loved one is covered with artificial grass until we are gone. And so often, even our close friends will offer some consolation for a while, but they covertly hope that we will "get over it" and move on fairly quickly. But that is not the real world that I lived through when my loved one died. I have never "gotten over it" and never will. There are times when the sharpness of grieving for him comes over me with the same searing power it had so many years ago. If someone we have truly loved dies, our lives are permanently altered. And the wonderful thing about Grollman's book is that it names the reality of what grieving is truly like. It's like, "At last, there is someone who knows what I am going through and gives it names, but he shares his thoughts in such a way that I can feel that healing will come at its own pace, and that it is OK for it to be that way." It is a hopeful book because it real, but gently so. It is like having a friend who truly knows what we are going through and is willing to walk with us through this "shadowed valley." It is part of how the promise of God, to be with us so we don't have to be afraid of the journey, becomes a reality.
Dr. Wayne Bradley Robinson
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By hahpenguin@aol.com on May 21, 1999
Format: Paperback
I never experienced the death of someone close to me until my brother died. This book seemed to put into beautiful and comforting words all the feelings I couldn't verbalize. It made me feel normal and not as though i was losing my mind with grief. I recommend it to ANYONE surviving through grief.
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