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Loving Grief Paperback – July 16, 2009
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Loving Grief grew from Paul's conversations with friends and with a grief counselor, and from the journal in which he explored the bewildering experience of grief. Deeply immersed in his loss, inventing rituals to remember Bonnie and to celebrate her, Paul also reflected on the path of diminishing hope that brought them to Bonnie's final days of life and her decision to accept her own death. Loving Grief is at once a memoir and a probing inquiry into the lessons that grief can teach us about love, with each chapter rouned out by a piece of poetry that expresses what narrative and discourse cannot.
After 35 years writing about public issues, the environment, health care and education, Paul Bennett has stepped through the door of grief into a new life; the lessons of grief that he explores in Loving Grief have led him to dedicate himself to writing from the heart, and with his wife, Carol Herndon, to leading other couples in experiences that expand their freedom to grow in love and fulfillment.
Top Customer Reviews
This is not only a book to digest and be transported to a much finer state of being, it is preliminarily A BOOK TO GIVE AWAY! Last year, my beloved cousin died of cancer . . . she was like a mother to me. I was literally overwhelmed with a devastating sense of loss. I cried for weeks.
Someone gave me Paul's book, and slowly, layer after layer of that suffocating fat was removed and gave me a big, full cleansing breathe of fresh air. This book GAVE ME ABILITY TO LEAVE THE PAST IN THE PAST and still go on loving my lost one.
More dramatic was the quick recovery his book generated in the spouse and children of my loved one. Also, my best friend lost his wife to brain cancer and this book was a life saver to him.
This is one surgery that is easy, concise and thoroughly cleansing. There is a scripture that asks: "A grieving heart, who can bear?". With this book what seems impossibly horrible is turned around into a flower garden memorial of love, and YOU CAN MOVE ON!
In a final note, this book may also be rudimentary healing to any kind of loss, including a breakup between lovers, or renegade children: it makes a place of being for that person who has gone away.
Paul Bennett has made a significant addition to the world of love, tragic loss and grief. In sharing his poetic, well-crafted stories, Bennett clarifies and re-frames the desolation of the long days and months following his beloved's death. ("Grief is how loving her feels. My grief is, in fact, nothing more or less than my love for her.") For months since reading this book, I have been haunted by lines from his opening chapter, "This book is what I would say softly to you if you and I were sitting on the porch after the setting sun has left us, two shadows facing each other...or if perhaps your head rested on my shoulder as your tears ran...this is what I would murmur to you about grief." I believe that Bennett's "murmurs" will be a healing balm to many grief-stricken hearts.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Touching book about the death of Bennett's wife and his search for a meaning for his great grief. Just a few pages long. Enjoyed it.Published 19 months ago by S. N. Rivera Burgos
If you are one of these and you had months to discuss death with your wife before she died, and you're very religious---then you might like this book. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Pat Mohr
My Hospice grief counselor loaned me this book and told me that she felt I would relate to many of the thoughts, ideas, situations, etc. in the book. Read morePublished on March 11, 2013 by Theresa Vaughn
A wonderful and powerful book book that helps provide comfort for someone who is suffering the loss of a person they love. Written with deep sensitivity and knowing experience.Published on October 27, 2011 by Kenneth G. Frank
Paul Bennett's book is a real gem, a thoughtful and inspirational book that will bring comfort to many. Read morePublished on September 12, 2009 by N. Prendergast
This beautifully written book is about love and loss, and about one man's discovery of growing through loss and finding meaning in it. Read morePublished on February 26, 2008 by Marty Tousley