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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 92 pages
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress Publishers; Gift edition (September 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806651504
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806651507
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 5.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (186 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #899,587 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I just finished re-reading this gem. It is immediately clear why it has been and will continue to be a best seller. It is written with the heart of a pastor, the insight of a psychologist, the humanity of a father and husband and the hope of someone who has seen so many survive the process of grieving. It is simple but not simplistic. It is profound but not professorial. Most importantly, it describes the pathway through grieving that can only be found through honesty. In my opinion, this is a book that should quickly be in the hands of anyone grieving for any reason." --Dr. Timothy Johnson, M.D. and ABC News Senior Medical Contributor --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Customer Reviews

It is a very small book, a quick read and very much worth it.
Sandy Miller
Great book and it properly uses the stages of grief for those who experiences a significant loss.
Jeanne Lloyd
I keep a supply of this book to give to friends and family who have lost a loved one.
GLC

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131 of 133 people found the following review helpful By Ida Wood on January 16, 2000
Format: Paperback
My 20-year-old son and only child was killed in an automobile accident 11-2-99. So, my husband and I as well as many family and friends are still grieving. A good friend sent me this book during the holidays, but I just read it recently. I was amazed at how the author so simply, in only a few words, captures the essence of grieving--not only grieving for one who has died but other grieving events such as divorce, losing a job, etc. I think the book helped me most understand what my husband is experiencing because I think we are in different stages of grieving. I feel that I can better understand some of his behavior now after reading this book. I plan to share this powerful book with others, especially young people who are having an especially difficult time accepting my son's sudden death.
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 20, 1999
Format: Paperback
I was introducted to this small book when my daughter died last year. Although there is not much anyone can say at a time like that a few concise, and meaningful words have a way of causing reflection later. This book does just that. Understanding my grief is a lot of the problem with the loss. It helped.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 15, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book was given to me by a dear friend 1 1/2 years ago after the loss of my mother. At that time I could not understand the depths that this book explores the process of loss. It takes a very simple approach to a very complex problem and comes out letting you know the emotions that you feel are normal and that you will survive. At times I felt that this book was my string to sanity. I have since made it an effort to give copies of this book to friends that have or are going through the process so that they may be comforted in some small way.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Samuel Lee Oliver on December 1, 1999
Format: Paperback
GOOD GRIEF is written in simple, down to earth, wisdom. It shares how painful and inwardly revealing the experience of living through grief can be. Granger Westberg takes the reader into the heart and soul of loss and reminds us just how sacred our human relationships really are. -- Samuel Oliver, author of, WHAT THE DYING TEACH US: LESSONS ON LIVING.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 13, 1999
Format: Paperback
I slip this small book in with a sympathy card when a member of the church I serve loses a loved one. Yesterday a woman who had just lost her brother told me she wished she had had the book 8 years ago, when her husband died. Several people have described standing at the mailbox and reading the book, forgetting all else in the comfort of finding that their feelings are normal and to be expected. I have also shared it with a woman dealing with the accident that left her son a paraplegic, and the widow who was facing living alone for the first time in her life with her daughter's upcoming marriage. It has been a comfort and help to them all. I highly recommend the book to anyone experiencing grief.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Ann Atkinson on July 11, 2003
Format: Paperback
Good Grief by Granger E. Westberg is a book that is cheap ... and short (64 pages) which I was able to read in one afternoon. It is packed with good information. Pages 24 and 24:::Even though a person does come out of the initial shock, he will undoubtedly experience times in the succeeding days and months when the unreality of the loss comes over him again. Every now and then he will say,"I just can't believe it has happened. Intellectually I know it did happen, but I guess I just have not really accepted it emotionally." For all of us the biggest hurdle is "accepting it emotionally."

This is what I am dealing with sometimes even after 11 months of living through the completed suicide of my fiance, Bob. I accept it on one point but sometimes it hits me temporarily for a few moments and it is hard to accept. The online web sites help too - groww.org, 1000deaths.com, survivorsofsuicide.com, and online support groups and SOS in person meetings.
Ann in Nashville
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Darrell Sy on February 24, 2006
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This is an extremely useful resource for anyone going through the grieving process. About three years ago, my daughter, who was twenty-two at the time, learned that a junior high school friend of hers had died. She was terribly distraught over this friend's death. Who wouldn't be at that tender age?

It was about a four hour drive to attend the funeral. On the way, I gave my daughter a copy of "Good Grief." It took her less than an hour to read. By the time she finished reading this little book, I could tell that she finally understood why she felt the way she did and was now ready to cope with those feelings.

At $4.99 per book, it's not going to break the bank. These are wonderful resources to put in the sympathy cards that you send. "Good Grief" offers a straight forward and common sense approach to handling and understanding the emotional turmoil that losing a loved one causes in life. It's worth the read. It's worth giving to those that you love and those that are hurting.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 27, 1999
Format: Paperback
My mother was killed several years ago and my father read this book while he was mourning her lose. He passed away in June and I found this book in with some of his personal belongings. Being a short and easy to read book, I took the time to read it for myself. I saw that I had passed through some of the phases in this wonderfully written book. This book enlightenment me so much that I now look at death and grief in a totally different way. This is a good book for someone who doesn't want to get bogged down with wordy, preaching books.
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The Late Granger E. Westberg held a joint professorship in medicine and religion at the University of Chicago and a professorship in preventive medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. Considered a pioneer in the interrelationship of religion and medicine, and in holistic health care.

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