- 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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How to Survive the Loss of a Love Mass Market Paperback – June, 1982
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An excellent book to help those who have lost a love in their life, by death, divorce, or break up.Published 53 minutes ago by Jcroo
This book has helped me and many of my clients through losses of fathers, mothers, grandfathers, grandmothers, spouses, graddaughters, and children. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Donna M StJohn
:) Saved me when I was at one of my darkest moments. Highly recommend for depression due to loss, particularly divorce. Very simple to read yet powerfully healing.Published 2 days ago by Jane Suarez
This little book was given to me in 1987 when my husband died. I found it very helpful to see my way through a very difficult time. It was also comforting. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Kathleen D. Lelis
Great book for helping those with Loss. I have given them to families dealing with grief and they always come back later and tell me how much they appreciated them. Read morePublished 6 days ago by murphy
Like this book because it looks at life as a series of losses, not just a loss caused by death. Very excellent, Have recommended it to several people.Published 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
This helped me a lot. It's extremely comforting and held me together when I felt like I was coming apart at the seams. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Skye June