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The Grief Recovery Handbook : The Action Program for Moving Beyond Death Divorce, and Other Losses Paperback – June 23, 1998
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“This book is required for all my classes. The more I use this book, the more I believe that unresolved grief is the major underlying issue in most people’s lives. It is the only work of its kind that I know of that outlines the problem and provides the solution.” (Bernard McGrane, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology, Chapman University)
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Incomplete recovery from grief can have a lifelong negative effect onyour capacity for happiness. Drawing from their own histories, as wellas from others, the authors illustrate what grief is and how it ispossible to recover and regain energy and spontaneity. Based on a provenprogram, now extensively revised, The Grief Recovery Handbookoffers grievers the specific actions needed to complete the grievingprocess and accept loss. For those ready to regain a sense of aliveness,the principles outlined here make this a life-changinghandbook.
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So many people don't know what to say to a grieving person, and so many people are fearful of grief and loss. I felt so isolated while I was newly bereaved. I could barely get through each day. Although I normally wear makeup ever day and take pride in my appearance, when I was newly bereaved I didn't even bother to put on any makeup for about six months, because I knew I would end up crying it off by midmorning. I just didn't care. My doctor explained that although the loss I suffered was terrible, I was experiencing complicated grief. I felt like I was stuck, as so many others have been, but I gradually became un-stuck since I had this book to read between therapy sessions. It also helped me acknowledge that there were other, unhealed losses that I did not consciously recognize until I did the exercises in this book. John also lost his son, and he was terrified at the suggestions of others that he would "never get over" the loss of a child. John is correct in that nothing can bring the child back, but you CAN RECOVER and heal.
Since originally writing this review for the previous edition of this book, I bought the Kindle version of the 20th anniversary edition, and I also bought extra copies of the paperback. I have given away my copies to friends, and they have said it has helped them process their grief and pain more effectively. I love this book because it can be used by almost any type of griever, whether one is mourning a death, divorce, or any other loss. Thank you, John and Russell, for writing such a wonderful book on such a difficult topic.
promises that it will make sense in the end.
It didn't, but continued until I completed the program. It left me with several questions.
However, after a few weeks, I realized that the one loss I chose to work on, actually fell
into place, and not a problem any longer...completed this process the first of 2015.