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Swallowed by a Snake: The Gift of the Masculine Side of Healing Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-0965464918 ISBN-10: 0965464911 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 169 pages
  • Publisher: Golden Healing Publishing; 1 edition (January 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965464911
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965464918
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tom Golden, LCSW is well known in the field of healing from loss. Swallowed by a Snake: The Gift of the Masculine Side of Healing has been acclaimed by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross and others. His latest book The Way Men Heal is a quick summary of the contents of the Snake book and an update on the latest developments. Tom enjoys giving workshops in the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia, having been named the "1999 International Grief Educator" by the Australian Centre for Grief Education. Drawing on thirty years of practical, hands-on clinical experience, Tom brings a gentle sense of humor and a gift for storytelling to both his workshops and his writing. His work and his web site webhealing.com have been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and U.S. News and World Report, as well as on CNN, CBS Evening News, ESPN and the NFL Channel.

Tom built the first interactive web site for bereaved people in 1995. webhealing.com. The page houses the internet's first memorial site A Place to Honor Grief. Both continue to function today.

Tom has also built a membership video site that offers hours of videos on the topic of healing from loss and our many diferences. thewaymenheal.com

An outgrowth of Tom's work with men was his realization of the misandry that our culture produces. He built a web site titled menaregood.com to house his writings on this serious problem.

Tom maintains a private practice in Gaithersburg , MD and also enjoys doing online consultations

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A good book to help understand how many ways there are to grieve.
Hebe Martin
Recommend this book to any man who has recently experienced the death of a loved one...and to anyone who knows a man going through this.
M. Sawyer
The best praise I can give this book is, "Buy it! You will not be disappointed!"
Jan Peterson

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 15, 2003
Format: Paperback
I found out about this book from my pastor. He said it would help and it did. The book offers a map of grief. It shows what it is, the path it takes, what makes it worse or better and importantly what we do to get through it. I needed a map and I got it.
The best thing about this book was that it affirmed the actions that I have been taking after the death and showed me, as a man, how that was actually a way of healing. This book is a breath of fresh air compared to the more feminine you gotta "talk and cry" kinds of books. I had been getting pressure from my wife and others about not dealing with things. This book has helped me explain to them that I am indeed dealing with things but in my own way. This would be a great book for women to help them understand the men they love.
Don't be confused by all of the references to "This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title." The second edition on this page IS the same as the first edition PLUS an extra section. All of the comments on this page refer to both editions. I was confused about this and checked with the publisher before buying.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By NiceGuy1 on May 24, 2003
Format: Paperback
Thomas R. Golden's "Swallowed by a Snake" is by far one of the best books on grief that I have ever read. And because the book is primarily geared towards those with a masculine style of grieving (activity and future-oriented), as a man, I could immediately identify with what Golden had to say.
This book is very readable and could be helpful to anyone (man or woman) who has more of a masculine orientation to their grieving style. It is not biased towards any particular religios pursuasion but at the same time, could be thought of as very spiritual. I recommend it as an addition to any church, synagogue, or mosque library collection.
As a reader, it was quite obvious to me that Golden "knew his stuff" when it came to the topic of masculine grief. His many years of experience in grief counseling and his own grieving process helped shape this very powerful, highly communicative, and empathetic book.
I recommend "Swallowed by a Snake: The Gift of the Masculine Side of Healing" especially to readers who have been recently bereaved (either through death or some other loss). But I also recommend it to those who are revisiting a loss that might have occurred years ago.
This is one of those books you probably will have trouble putting down.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Attig on June 25, 2001
Format: Paperback
Not every man is "a man's man." Nor is every woman "feminine" through and through. But many men, and some women, are decidedly masculine in their ways of coping with loss. To some they may appear not to be grieving at all when in fact they are grieving differently. This book is perhaps the best in the field about these differences (not so much dwelling in or voicing painful emotion but rather finding meaningful things to do and looking toward the future). It contains wonderful treatments of myths and rituals from native cultures centering on "masculine" patterns of grieving. Swallowed by a Snake will be helpful for men (and for women, too) who want to understand the "masculine" side of their own grieving. And for those who want to understand and support those who grieve in these "masculine" ways.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jan Peterson on July 17, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is simply the best book on how men grieve that is out there!
If it were possible to give this book 20 stars, I would rate it at 20 stars.

Whether you're a man that's finding it hard to work through your grief, or if you're a female that's at a loss as to how to help the man you love as he grieves, this is THE book.

9 years ago, my brother in law was murdered by his own son. I watched my husband grieve for his brother with huge amounts of worry, thinking that he was stuffing his grief and anger, and simply not dealing with the whole issue. This book helped me to see that men grieve so differently at times than women do. So much so that after reading this book, I was much more at ease with how my husband, and my three boys were dealing with this huge, pain filled loss.

I cannot express how much this book not only helped my husband and boys to work through the grieving process, but how much it helped me to understand and recognize the differences in how men and women grieve.
After reading this book, I found that much of my fear and anxiety over whether or not my husband was actually dealing with his brother's death had disappeared.

I cannot express how much this book not only helped my husband and boys to work through the grieving process, but how much it helped me to understand and recognize the differences in how men and women grieve.
After reading this book, I found that much of my fear and anxiety over whether or not my husband was actually dealing with his brother's death had disappeared.

I actually came to write this review because I needed to see if this book might be available here on Amazon, after hearing that my nephew is still having trouble with grief over the death of his father by his brother's hand.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 22, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book was excellent. This was my first book on grief, and I found it very well written and easy to understand. I feel that the author gives a good background on how the grief process works, and why men experience grief differently.
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