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He once helped debunk the theory of repressed memory; now this Columbia clinical psychology professor takes on the conventional wisdom about grieving. There's little evidence to support the existence of stages of mourning or the corollary that if the stages aren't followed completely, there's cause for alarm. What Bonanno does find is a natural resilience that guides us through the sadness of loss, and grief, rather than distracting us, actually causes the mind to focus; it also elicits the compassion and concern that humans are hard-wired to offer in response to another's suffering. Bonanno acknowledges that grief is sometimes extreme and requires treatment, much like post-traumatic stress disorder. But with this work, science and common sense come together in a thoughtful, kindhearted way; stories of loss go far beyond striking a familiar chord—they give us hope. As one mother who lost her daughter tells Bonanno, even years later she felt her daughter was like a little ember, and if I need to, if I want to have Claire next to me, I blow on it, ever so gently, and it glows bright again. (Oct.)
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I lost my husband and two sons in a small plane crash. People asked me, "How could you survive?" Bonanno explains how we survive by summarizing the research that shows that... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Nancy Saltzman
.Please read this. It eclipses Kubler-Ross. People heal in differen ways and this author respects that. Read morePublished 2 months ago by KEL
It is my opinion that George Bonanno makes a significant contribution for our understanding a new paradigm for grief. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Terence Curley
Helped me during the loss of my father. I was not following the regular stages of grief and this brought a different perspective.Published 6 months ago by Karen Davis
I have read numerous books since my wife's sudden and unexpected death over 3 years ago. This book pulled a lot together for me. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Chuck Hannan
This book contained materials that were very helpful to me as a facilitator of a bereavement support group in my church.Published 7 months ago by Maria Corazon Galano
I discovered Bonanno on the "Grief" article on Wikipedia. He's a Columbia University psychologist whose chief insight is that most people display resilience in the face of... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Robert Slocum
Good book and explains how people are resilient. Written from a perspective of clinical studies. Learned quite a bit from the book including how the 5 stages people grieving... Read morePublished 10 months ago by kacie