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Transforming Traumatic Grief: Six Steps to Move from Grief to Peace After the Sudden or Violent Death of a Loved One Paperback – July 6, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0983499916 ISBN-10: 0983499918 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Artemecia Press; 1 edition (July 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983499918
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983499916
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #496,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Courtney Armstrong is a licensed professional counselor who owns a private practice in Chattanooga, Tennessee. In practice since 1995, she counsels people recovering from grief and trauma, and trains mental health professionals in innovative methods of treatment that promote resilience. When Courtney is not counseling or teaching, she enjoys riding her bike and hiking with her husband and their faithful dog, Buzz. For more info about Courtney, visit her website at www.courtneyarmstronglpc.com.

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This book is a clear and informative resource.
Barbara Roland
This book will assist you in discovering new , effective ways to connect to the self , community & positive memories that live in the present.
Tobias S. Schreiber
This is a great book, with very practical tips to help support those dealing with trauma, death, and grief, I highly recommend it.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Gershman on September 18, 2011
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"I keep the book on my nightstand," writes my client Shirley Heard who lost her son. "I keep it there because it's like good food that you want to eat real slow so you can savor every word. I just pick it up, read about half an hour, put my bookmark in and then go back a page or two to read it all over again. There's a favorite part I read to my girlfriend today who lost her mother - her best friend - Chapt. 5 Envisioning Connection about memory, spirit and love. As a Christian I feel I can actually see the invisible now. It's like my son - he's just at another address but I can see him in spirit. This chapter confirms that."

This kind of response to Courtney Armstrong's book plays out all the time. Where Courtney excels is how she manages to be helpful while maintaining the perfect balance between speaking as an expert and speaking from experience. MY favorite part about the book is that:

1. Courtney speaks as an expert who has successfully treated hundreds of bereaved/traumatized patients who are symptomatic day and/or night. She takes into consideration what methods work best with different types of people. Are you a more visual person, or someone who journals? Are you more left-brained or right-brained? Are you more of a person who prefers to practice mindfulness exercises solo, or are you open to new techniques that allow you to drill down to the source of your trauma/grief -- without the associated distress?

2. Courtney speaks as a human being who herself has known loss multiple times in her personal life, and who emerged stronger and more resilient after loss by practicing (and refining) methods which pre-date her own work in RRT with Jon Connelly.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By tarasd72 on September 12, 2011
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As a Licensed Professional Counselor and Executive Director of the Institute for Survivors of Sexual Violence(tm) I have seen my share of clients who have survived traumatic events leading to grief that has been debilitating for them. When I read this book it gave me a new outlook on grief, how it effects people and how to better help my clients recover from traumatic grief. I have and continue to refer clients, colleagues, and loved ones to read this book. I have begun to incorporate her 6 steps into my practice with clients and am already seeing wonderful results. I also find that the science she has behind the work she does adds to the overall helpfulness of this process.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Georgiana C. Kotarski on October 20, 2011
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I read Courtney's book in one sitting. Despite the frequent citing of academic sources, it's easy to read and makes you want to turn the page to find the next comforting nugget. Although the other reviews show that it is popular with practitioners, I found it very helpful for myself, a lay person. Having lost 4 close family members in 5 years, including my husband, I was caught in a downward spiral of grief. It seemed that death became normal and life became almost foreign. Courtney's approach throws you a line to pull yourself up out of the mire and live again.

She says that the traditional "stages of grief," as described by Kubler-Ross (denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance), are not what most people experience. Rather, grief comes in waves. She offers many ideas and exercises to help people make peace with loss. For example, people often obsess about the details of a loved one's death and rarely think about their lives. She guides the reader into changing those traumatic thoughts into more peaceful ones. Rather than trying to convince readers to let go of their loved ones, she encourages them to remain connected. She believes our loved ones are near, but does not require the reader to believe in life after death.

This book is directed to people who have lost someone suddenly or violently. Yet it is still helpful to someone like me who lost family after illness. Even when you expect death, it is still a shock.

This book is the best grief book I've read. True compassion radiates from every page. It gives me hope that one day, life will be good again.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 26, 2011
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Courtney Armstrong's book, Transforming Traumatic Grief" is one of those gems that truly can help anyone get through an extremely difficult event: the sudden death of a loved one. As someone who had not worked through my own traumatic grief until I read her book, I can tell you that this book helped immensely. With her six step EMERGE program, Armstrong gives excersizes, examples, and real work you can do to sort through all the emotions of grief.

I particularly liked her step 2, "Making Living Stories", which teaches how to bring back the "meaningful stories from their life" so that the "dying story" doesn't "overshadow the living story". I hadn't realized how much the dying story of my aunt was overshadowing the long life story we had together.

This is a book you don't just read once, but one you refer back to, re-read, and re-use. I highly recommend it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Juliet Bruce on September 12, 2011
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This is a beautiful book -- clear, calm, coherent -- and more: a real balm for grief.

What I found especially comforting is Courtney's own voice. Having lived through more losses than most people experience in a lifetime, her own healing presence shines through every word and chapters. The very grounded process Courtney describes is rooted in her own healing, and for me, that's what makes the book so compelling. I was hooked from the first page and read it all the way through in one sitting.

I'm recommending it to my colleagues who work with grieving clients, as well as to my own clients facing the journey through grief to renewed life.

Juliet Bruce, Ph.D,
Living Story Creative Counseling and Coaching
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