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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Larson Publications; Reprint edition (July 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0943914647
  • ISBN-13: 978-0943914640
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.3 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,334,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paul Bennett's quiet and carefully managed life took an unpredictable turn when Bonnie Bunting, his wife of 18 years, was diagnosed with a rare and dangerous form of melanoma. Two years later, in December of 2002, she died.

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.

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Not a "self-help" book--and better because of it. Just a beautifully transparent look at one man's struggle with the loss of his wife, and the search for how to integrate that reality into his life. Also a widowed man, I found myself deeply engaged in this book. It gave me comfort--normalized my grieving in a way that surprised me.
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Having been a hospice volunteer for several years didn't prepare me for te death of my wife. Nothing can. Bennett's book is lyrical, poetic and spot on as far as the experiences, regrets, misgivings, doubts, sadness and growth that the gift of grief can give us. His metaphors and imagery touched more than words can normally carry. It was a hard read because it was so similar to my experience watching my wife die from colon cancer. A brief book that can be read in an evening .. but one I return to in my thoughts long afterward.
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As someone who has recently faced the challenge of the death of my dear fiance, I found Mr Bennet's book very helpful. Beautifully written, it offers hope without sounding trite. Just looking at the angel on the cover is all I need to do sometimes. A good reminder that one's grief is a reflection of the love that was and will continue to be. Comforting.
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This book brought tears to my eyes. Loving Grief is well written from the perspective of a care giver and spouse. The insights help friends / family understand the sorrow, journey forward and another meaning for life after death.
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If ever there was a book that so succinctly surgically removed layers of engulfing grief off the walls of the heart, this is it!

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.
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Having recently lost my husband, I found this the most helpful book on how to manage the pain while moving to gratitude of loving memories
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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.
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