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Being There for Someone in Grief - Essential Lessons for Supporting Someone Grieving from Death, Loss and Trauma Hardcover – February 14, 2010
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"There is no deeper well, with water more healing, than the well drilled into the bedrock of personal tragedy....Being There for Someone in Grief is just such a well..."
From the Author
Susan Brady and I were inseparable--best friends from the moment we met. A few days before Christmas in 1965, Susan disappeared. Just like Susie Salmon in the novel and film The Lovely Bones, weeks of anguish passed before police found her dismembered body.
But my Susan was not a fictional character in a book. She was real. Her murder left me with a penetrating ache so deep that it became a pivot point in my youth, forcing me out of innocence overnight. At age eleven I trusted no one enough to reach out and ask for help. There was no one to listen to the roiling thoughts in my head or bear witness to the terror I felt. No one protected me from the nightmares that came each time I closed my eyes.
Twenty-three years after Susan's murder, my childhood experience inspired me to create Children to Children, a support center for grieving children and adults. Being There for Someone in Grief begins with my journey through grief, and unfolds into the lives of the many people with whom I've worked. Each story of healing is accompanied by introspective insights that offer up the essential things we must know in order to be there for someone in their darkest hour.
... From the Author's Introduction