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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Mary Book / Prelude Pr (October 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0931580439
  • ISBN-13: 978-0931580437
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (403 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is an easy read.
travel addict
It's an easy read, says the right things , and just makes one feel better.
judy Sutfin
I highly recommend that anyone suffering a loss buy this book.
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251 of 256 people found the following review helpful By Peter A. Kindle on May 24, 2000
Format: Paperback
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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124 of 130 people found the following review helpful By j michael rowland on September 13, 2006
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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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80 of 85 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 3, 1999
Format: Paperback
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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79 of 92 people found the following review helpful By Karen F. on January 24, 2007
Format: Paperback
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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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Marcas De Ayer on October 25, 2005
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Purchasing "How To Survive the Loss of a Love" was the first step I took in starting my journey toward healing after a devastating break up. Depression, self destructive behavior, uncontrollable crying -- you name it, that's how I reacted to this break up. I read the book from cover to cover in a day (an easy read). It is filled with very useful information that is mostly common sense, but all of this is forgotten when you are in devastating pain. The book re-introduces you to all this in a way that can be understood by an individual who's existence is clouded with agony. The poems on each page really capture the essense of what you're going through and it made me realize that there were in fact other people who went through this hell and survived. It's not that I felt I was the only person on earth to deal with a break up, but when you're in the eye of the storm, you feel an incredible sense of solitude and no one else exists but you and your misery. It covers all aspects of dealing with your loss from understanding it, dealing with it, SURVIVING it, healing from it and lastly, moving on. This is a book that I will read many, many times. It's filled with comfort and strength for the broken hearted. It is my oasis in this unbearable hell. Highly recommended to all who's hearts bleed for another.
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