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Gaining Traction: Starting Over After the Death of Your Life Partner Paperback – April 19, 2014
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EDITORIAL REVIEWS: Gaining Traction is an invaluable resource for anyone who has lost a life partner. I recommend it without reservation. Counselors will also find this user-friendly volume a "must-have" reference. - Janice Nadeau, PhD, FT, Psychologist, Marriage and Family Therapist
Vicki Panagotacos has an uncanny ability to tune in to her clients, which makes her one of the best grief practitioners I have known. Her caring, supportive presence has translated well into her book, Gaining Traction. - Lyn Prashant, PhD, FT, Somatic Grief Specialist
Readers will feel Vicki's understanding of their experience and be enriched by her suggestions. Excellent book for clients and for pastors, therapists and counselors. I recommend it with a full heart. - Eric Greenleaf PhD, Psychologist and Director, Milton H. Erickson Institute/SF Bay Area
Gaining Traction has been the foundation of our 2nd year partner loss program. I am thrilled that others will have the benefit of Vicki's meaningful and helpful book. - Chris Taich, MSW, LCSW, Director, Bereavement Services, Pathways Home Health and Hospice
Gaining Traction offers the bereaved partner hope and practical insight into how to move forward. The reader will appreciate the reflections of those having struggled in their first year of loss and their transformation after the author's second year class. - Brad Leary, LCSW, CT, Director, Social Services and Counseling, Hospice of the Valley, San Jose, CA
Vicki Panagotacos clearly understands the challenges a person faces when dealing with one's grief and brings a wealth of knowledge and compassion to this book. - Dwight Wilson, CEO, Mission Hospice, San Mateo, CA
I had the pleasure of working with Vicki and the Gaining Traction material during my second year of grieving the loss of my husband. Her class was such a radical change from my first year support group that my initial reaction was resistance. The work soon shifted my attention and I understood that I had to make some changes--and that I could actually choose what I would change. The experience was the best thing that could have happened to me, and I ended up with a better life than I had before my loss. I will be forever grateful to Vicki for the work she inspired me to do. - Fran D.
I love this book. Vicki provides a wealth of wisdom and a roadmap for how to accept and move forward after deep loss. Read and reread this at your own pace - but read it. It is a must-have book for getting back to living fully. - Paul S.
It has been three years since my husband passed away. I have come a long way, but I still had issues that need to be dealt with. In reading Gaining Traction and doing the exercises, I found the incentive to start the process. - Becky B.
After my spouse died I attended grief counseling for two years, but after reading Gaining Traction I realize that counseling just skimmed the surface. I wish I had had this wonderful fully-packed reference 10 years ago. Better late than never! - Michelle B.
Finally a well-written book that picks up where grief support and counseling stops. Gaining Traction is a book that should be read by all who are starting over after the loss of a spouse. - Ken M., Grief Support Group Facilitator
I wasn't sure I needed any help with my grief because I had many good friends who would listen. But after just a few classes with Vicki Panagotacos, I realized I had something to learn. Vicki's skills, so aptly reproduced in this book, helped me. Recently members of our class had a reunion dinner. We were on our way - all of us exceptionally active--free to honor our deceased spouses and relish our new lives. The material in Gaining Traction provided the vital information we needed to get to where we are. - Art B.
Working with Vicki and the Gaining Traction material was a meaningful experience. She opened my eyes and helped me deal with my anger. This book will help move a grieving spouse to a more positive place. - Ann L.
Loved this book. It provides a terrific roadmap for life - no matter what the circumstances.-
There was nothing to prepare me for the profound grief and sadness that came with the loss of my husband. Working with Vicki and the material in Gaining Traction helped me regain my self-confidence and move on to enjoy my life again. Looking back on my progress, I don't believe I could have done as well without the exercises and techniques. - Irene B.
As a widow with three kids, I can't express how helpful Vicki Panagotacos's counsel has been me and my family. Whether you are in her class - or reading Gaining Traction, she doesn't let you forget that "life is for the living." - Betsy H.
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