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The Mourning Handbook: The Most Comprehensive Resource Offering Practical and Compassionate Advice on Coping with All Aspects of Death and Dying Paperback – August 1, 1995


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; 1 edition (August 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684801612
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684801612
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #449,973 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Earl A. Grollman author of Living When a Loved One Has Died I recommend The Mourning Handbook to any reader in search of a path out of the wilderness of despair. It is a compass, pointing the way to recovery.

About the Author

Helen Fitzgerald is the author of The Grieving Child: A Parent's Guide. She is the coordinator of the first grief program in the nation established in a community mental health center (The Mt. Vernon Center for Community Mental Health in Springfield, Virginia). A certified death educator, Fitzgerald devoted herself to the field after the death of her husband left her a widow with four children. She lectures across the country on the subject. The success of her program has led to the creation of similar programs nationally. She lives in Fairfax, Virginia.

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You can flip through and read bits and pieces as you need.
A. Leung
The sections are divided so that a person can easily find the topic most needed without reading the enitre book.
fezabel
This is the best book I've found to help people cope with death and loss of loved ones.
J. Emerson

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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 1, 1998
Format: Paperback
I first bought this book for a British friend in Italy who thought she was going crazy because she was still subject to bouts of crying two months after her Mother's death. The book helped her tremendously. I bought my own copy when my Father died and found it as helpful as it appeared to be before death touched me personally.
I could go on for more than the maximum 1,000 words and still not finish describing this book. Suffice to say that its greatest strength is that it is totally non-judgmental. There are no "shoulds," no timetables, only the constant theme that the rollercoaster of emotions that is ruling your life right now is probably perfectly normal and temporary. Ms. Fitzgerald does offer benign guidelines to help the reader decide when things might be getting out of hand and require professional help, but with no pressure.
The book covers every eventuality for every type of death. The style is clear, the information easily found, the approach completely objective.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 28, 2000
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"The Mourning Handbook" is excellent and it hits the nail on the head when it comes to the pain of grief! This book has brought me a lot of comfort and relief as I dealt with the unexpected deaths of several loved ones in my life. This book also helped to not be so hard on myself as I went through my grieving process. This book is very educational in explaining many aspects of bereavement. It also talks a lot about what to expect when you are grieving, how to survive, how to cope, and also how to help other people who have lost loved ones. I highly recommend this book for anyone who has lost a loved one.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A. Leung on April 28, 2006
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Helen's sub-title "The Most Comprehensive..." is spot on. It's very comprehensive and is by far one of the most useful handbooks I've read. And the inclusion "with All Aspects..." is also spot on. This books covers things you never really would think of or associate with in coping with the death of a loved one or just a death until you've been there and even then, there are things that I never thought about until I read this handbook that I'm grateful Helen wrote about so that I felt more comfortable and confident in dealing with those aspects.

Losing someone you love or someone whose life or death had a profound impact on your life often leaves you stunned. Frankly, the words meant to comfort given by friends and family only add insult to injury even though they're all well-meaning. It's my hope that for anyone who does know of someone coping with a loss, that instead of words, you present this book.

It's like an encyclopedia. You can flip through and read bits and pieces as you need. It's not intended to be read front to cover and most will never read every page as there are bound to be portions that won't apply. But Helen has covered a large area that death does touch upon and does so in a way that offers immediate help and provides you with more resources to help too. I really liked that there's an equal balance between providing information --a general acknowledgement and understanding being offered-- and resources. The book is helpful on its own merits, a really great tool when utilizing the references and other suggestions beyond the book, too.

Acknowledgements [...] puts this book into many of their sympathy gift baskets (which is where I first got mine) along with a nice selection of other helpful, soothing gifts. Check them out, too. The gifts are beautiful and meaningful as is Helen Fitzgeralds handbook.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By fezabel on January 23, 2002
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I found this book after losing my father a few weeks ago. I have found it to be a helpful resource and a comfort. The author uses simple language and short sections. The sections are divided so that a person can easily find the topic most needed without reading the enitre book. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karyn Wynne on March 28, 2013
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After my husband died, I was given several books. Most I did not, and have not read. I read 2. One was Saying Goodbye to Someone You Love, and this one. I would definitely recommend them both, and in fact have ordered them for others who have had my experience. This book is a kind of go-to books, with chapters addressing everything. And I mean EVERYTHING. This is a difficult review to write, for a difficult situation, and a sensitive subject, so suffice it to say, that yes. This book will help. Immediately, a year in, several years in........for any death or loss. At any time in that process.......
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jacy on August 2, 2013
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I met the author many years ago while mourning my Mother. When I called her several years later for a friend to see if she was still seeing patients, she recommended her book. I have read sections that apply and have given it to several friends who have lost close friends or relatives. They have all found it to be a great help in getting through the difficult time after losing a loved one. This book addresses various circumstances of death and discusses many important topics. I think it can be a major help in getting through a difficult time and highly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Emerson on March 11, 2013
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This is the best book I've found to help people cope with death and loss of loved ones. What I especially like is that the author covers so many scenarios of death: Thru illnesses, vehicle accidents, murder, suicide, sudden death. Chapter 7 deals with Complicated Grief including multiple deaths, violent death, hearing the news about the death. The notoriety of some deaths that keep popping up year after year by the media on the anniversary date of the murders. How to deal with people (your own "friends, family, etc") that won't allow you to grieve.
Chapter 8 covers helping yourself when years later you are finally allowed to grieve, and you feel like you're falling apart from stuffing it inside so many years.
Check out the table of contents. I highly recommend this book.
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