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Grief Is a Journey: Finding Your Path Through Loss Hardcover – April 12, 2016
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"Grief Is a Journey is more than a collection of wise guidance and advice. Rather, this is a volume of rare sensitivity, penetrating understanding, and profound insights written by a foremost interpreter of grief and loss. It is a must read book for the bereaved and those who counsel them." (Rabbi Earl A. Grollman, author of Living When A Loved One Dies)
“Grief Is a Journey is the book I recommend to people living with loss. Dr. Doka distills insights from a wealth of scientific evidence and years of his own experience into practical, plainspoken guidance. His authoritative voice in chaotic times makes one feel as comfortable as if sitting on a grandfather’s knee.” (Ira Byock, MD, director of the Providence Institute for Human Caring; professor, Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine; author of Dying Well and The Four Things That Matter Most)
"A particularly inspiring book, deeply informative both for those who are actively grieving and those who seek to support them." (Omega: The Journal of Death and Dying)
"If grief is a journey,Ken Doka’s gem of a book is both the best GPS helping you locate where you are, as well as a five-star travel guidebook instructing how to navigate your unique trip. Well-written and richly illustrated with examples of normal people contending with all sorts of loss-related issues, the book not only clearly explains the terrain of bereavement, but identifies the vehicles to take you through it and shows you personally how to operate in ways that work best for you. Separating myths from realities, Doka presents information that provides practical guidance that pinpoints ways you can help yourself and others. A must-have resource for any mourner. I highly recommend it." (Therese A. Rando, Ph.D., BCETS, BCBT, Author, Coping With the Sudden Death of Your Loved One: A Self-Help Handbook for Traumatic Bereavement)
“Sensible, helpful, time-tested advice from a wise, compassionate counselor. Dr. Doka provides uniquely useful insights into this universal (yet widely misunderstood) human experience." (Brendan Reilly, MD author of ONE DOCTOR)
About the Author
Dr. Kenneth J. Doka is a licensed mental health counselor and preeminent expert in grief. He is Professor of Gerontology at the Graduate School of the College of New Rochelle as well as Senior Consultant to the Hospice Foundation of America and an ordained Lutheran minister. Dr. Doka speaks around the world on dying, death, and bereavement, and his work has been featured in national publications and media outlets such as Time, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, and Nightline.
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However, it is problematic to me that the author criticized giants such as Freud and Kubler-Ross instead of valuing their brilliant contributions in their own right. One can put forth one's own ideas without criticizing other theorists. Grief is not a one size fits all.
For example, on page 14, the author claims that Freud's theory of letting go "does not work for us". This is an untrue generalization; and also shows an incomplete understanding of Freud by the author. In addition, Doka does not seem to understand the fluidity of Kubler-Ross's model.
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First book I have read that handles grief in such a personal and touching manner.