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The Group: Seven Widowed Fathers Reimagine Life Hardcover – January 2, 2018
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"the book is an interwoven tapestry of theories, clinical debates, client experiences and group development, and offers an integrative presentation of effective ways for supporting grieving men. It will be of great value to mental health professionals and all those who want to learn more about supporting grieving men." -- Anao Zhang, Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare
"Yopp and his co-author have written an engaging and informative account of their support group with seven widowed fathers raising young children after their wives died of cancer. ... This book will be valued by any griever, but especially a grieving parent who is raising children. Clinicians will also gain insight into the ebb and flow of the clinical process while providing a supportive milieu for grieving persons." -- ADEC Connects
"Widowed husbands with children - a double whammy - long neglected and dealt here with extraordinary sensitivity and much-needed guidance, helpful for both the men who live on and those who know and love them."
- Jane E Brody, Personal Health columnist, New York Times
"Filled with emotionally poignant, tear-inducing vignettes of real men confronting the loss of their spouses, this book enlightens us about how to approach grief and the grieving. This is a book of immense wisdom and tenderness that will touch everyone and make us more caring friends and family when we confront death and the survivors of death."
-Ezekiel Emanuel, MD, PhD, oncologist, bioethicist, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress
"This story of seven men who have suffered profound loss yet help each other to deal with unavoidable issues fills an important need for those who may find it difficult to cope yet difficult to seek help."
-Tom Insel, MD, former director, National Institute of Mental Health
This powerful book opens up the raw but honest thoughts and feelings-and difficult conflicts-of a group of fathers willing to bare their souls to each other and now to us as readers. I hope that anyone who is struggling with such a loss will become a "virtual group" member and gain insights from their experiences.
-Jimmie Holland, MD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
"I absolutely loved this book. Rosenstein and Yopp's ability to expertly weave personal narratives with their professional expertise makes this required reading for anyone who has or will experience a loss. That is to say, every single person on the planet."
-Matt Logelin, author of the New York Times Bestseller, Two Kisses for Maddy
From the Author
- Publisher : Oxford University Press; 1st edition (January 2, 2018)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 192 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0190649569
- ISBN-13 : 978-0190649562
- Item Weight : 1.17 pounds
- Dimensions : 9.4 x 1 x 6.3 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #190,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It is simply written, the flow is fantastic, and the book is easy to read. It was so riveting that I put it down only after I had totally finished reading it in the wee hours of the morning. I cried, I laughed.
The angle--widowed husbands, whose wives died of cancer, with young kids--was unique. I had never thought about it until I read the book. And what perspectives from all the fathers! It opened my eyes. I had gone through many, many similar things but to hear it from a father's viewpoint was something else. I am excited and I hope that there are many more support groups such as these all over the world.
Drs. Rosenstein and Yopp explained and weaved together research, education (whether it was about Viktor Frankl, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, the Dual Process Model of Bereavement and the many other modalities) into the storytelling in context. It was naturally and seamlessly done. It was just beautiful. I learned so much!
The stories told of each father really touched my heart to the core. It was obviously excruciatingly difficult reading about the wives' stories but that was part of knowing each father. The tone of the book was respectful and compassionate, each person was allowed to speak with his own voice, and I appreciated the way the authors let the fathers control the group. The authors never butted in, never lectured to them, admitted when they did not know something.....with such humility.
I hope and pray this book goes all over the world because it is much needed by ANYONE who has lost a loved one. Hats off to both the authors!!!
Beyond clearly offering guideposts for bereaved fathers, anyone who has suffered the loss of a loved one, anyone who has ever wondered "will this ever get better," will learn from THE GROUP. And, more broadly, anyone who is a parent, no matter the age of their children,will cling to the idea of the "good enough" parent and the honest fact that "adults don't always get things right on the first try."
Reading THE GROUP has made a difference in my life. Thank you to the brave men who shared their heartfelt stories.
Our book club is looking forward to reading The Group as it will certainly stimulate engaging discussion. To learn how these men faced such an unexpected life change and were able to heal & grow is deeply inspiring.
Congratulations to the authors and the original 7 on making new pathways for widowed fathers to seek help & for sharing a part of their difficult journey and their lives reimagined. This is truly monumental work.