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How to Survive the Loss of a Love Mass Market Paperback – June, 1982

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 119 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Books (June 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553229109
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553229103
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (556 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,186,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Let's face it, abandonment hurts. There would be more charity in murder. But, if your heart has been broken, if you are the one who wanted the relationship to work, if you are the one left behind - this is the perfect book for you. Buy it.
In it you will find short, one page chapters chock full of important reminders, proverbs, advice and practical suggestions. Throughout the message is constant - let yourself hurt, take responsibility for your own pain and your own healing, you will survive, you will smile again, life really is worth living.
Accompanying every chapter is a short, one page, free verse poem. Nothing has ever helped me feel more than these did.
I read most of this book while sitting in a city park one sunny, Sunday afternoon. All around me were families playing with their children. Inside I was bleeding, and frequently crying. It took at least two more years to get over being dumped, but my healing started that day. Maybe your's will, too.
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I've ploughed through a spate of self-help books on this topic lately, and have written some scathing reviews; because all of them appeared to have their own agendas, and none of them seemed to help.

Until I found this one.

This book described to me EXACTLY what I was going through. It did not seek to reframe the experience within the author's religious views. It did not seek to impose a decision or a philosophy on me. It did not try to get me to DO anything. It simply described exactly what was happening, and it did it in a way that made it okay for me to feel the way I was feeling.

The book is formatted in pairs of facing pages. On the lefthand page is straightforward prose; on the righthand pages (with a few exceptions) are short, original poems. This presentation I found extremely powerful. The poems connect in a way that the prose can't; and the prose lends strength and validity and concrete information to the fellings expressed in the poetry. The combined effect is one of knowledge and empathy.

In other words, reading this book is like sitting down and talking with a wise, kind friend.

The writing style is sparse yet complete. It would pass any test that E.B. White could put to it. It is, in itself, enjoyable.

Reading the above, I find that my description is inadequate. If you are going through the loss of a loved one, or, in fact, any kind of a loss at all, this book will give you comfort... it will put things in perspective for you, without demeaning or trivializing your feelings, and it will leave you in a place from which you can move on.

j michael rowland
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After a sudden and devastating breakup, this book was a God-send. I read it nearly every day for months. The authors provide very practical advice, and reassure the reader that his/her chaotic emotions are a natural part of the grieving (and healing) process. "How to Survive the Loss of a Love" is an essential purchase for anyone grieving a breakup or divorce.
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I bought this book based on all the rave reviews here on Amazon. And had I divorved or had a relationship breakup it would have been perfect, BUT, having lost the love of my life to a death... I did not find comfort in this book. I am not angry at him, he did not betray me, I do not wonder if he will call me again, he died, prematurely. And I miss him.

This is a great book if you are suffering grief from a breakup, but I personally, did not find it useful or helpful at all for the type of loss I suffered. I cherish the love that we had - and he did not leave me willingly by choice - therefore I do not feel I have to process feelings of anger towards him.

I don't usually write reviews, but I wanted to keep the contents of this book in context so that people searching for some relief of pain having suffered the death of a loved one, will not be mislead. (like I was)

Obviously this is purley my own opinion, but for what it is worth, the pain of a breakup (which I have also experienced) is a different kind of pain than the pain of a death, and it is not reasonable to assume they could be treated the same way.
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A therapist enthusiastically recommended this book when I was going through a particularly awful time in my life. It was not just unhelpful - it was insulting. The advice, the poetry - it's fluffy nonsense! I thought that something was wrong with me as I read through the book and felt my stomach turn, because my therapist was oh-so-perky about what it would do for me. The authors seemed to have no grasp of deep, emotional pain. Two days after finishing, in a creative writing class, we were asked to read the worst poem we'd ever found. I read a poem from this book, and the professor looked at me, his eyes wide, and he said, "Read it again." So I did. And when I finished, he said, after a long pause, "That has to be one of the worst poems I have ever heard in my entire life." The entire class laughed, and I realized, indeed, this entire book is horrible. And I cancelled my next therapist appointment and found someone who was actually qualified to deal with trauma and loss. This is a book for someone who is going through a bad day and is comforted by platitudes. It's for people who have inspirational posters all around their home and like to post memes of inspirational quotes on their Facebook wall. It is not for anyone who has gone through a devastating loss, who is looking for comfort and a way to explore and accept the intense feelings and change in circumstance that comes with such a loss. I hate having to give this book even one star!
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