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Healing After Loss: Daily Meditations For Working Through Grief Paperback – December 1, 1994
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About the Author
MARTHA WHITMORE HICKMAN is the author of more than twenty books for adults and children. Among her adult titles are The Growing Season, Fullness of Time, and I Will Not Leave You Desolate. Books for young children include And God Created Squash, When Andy's Father Went to Prison, and Eeps Creeps, It's My Room.
A native of Massachusetts and a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Mount Holyoke, she has lived in the south for many years. To her writing she brings the additional perspective of being a wife, mother, grandmother, and sometime editor and teacher. She presently lives with her husband in Nashville, Tennessee.
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Top Customer Reviews
The friend who gave me the book had lost both her parents and her maternal grandparents within a 10 year span. She actually brought over her own dog-eared copy saying that I needed it now and she didn't have time to get a new one. Since then I have ordered my own as well as copies for my parents, Aunts and Uncles and friends.
This book has incredibly insight, hope, understanding and some new ideas delivered in small doses (the tiny shafts of light in the darkness). Since concentration levels are so affected during grieving, the one page entries are easy to read or skip, if you need a one that will more fit your moment. With grief, at least for me, it seems like my mood and outlook can change so much within a couple days - this book fills many needs.
Although my husband hasn't read it like I have, I will now and again give him a page to read that is particularly insightful for us at that moment and it can, however briefly, help him as well.
At first I read what ever I turned to when I opened it, then I read all the dates that were significant to me, now I am reading it like a daily diary. Last week I was talking to my friend, she has a copy, and although she listened she didn't feel she had an answer for me. Later, she called back giving me a page in the book to read - it was so completely accurate for that moment and feeling - I felt a bit of strength after reading the page.
I cannot say enough about the author and her grace, strength and ability to comfort.Read more ›
I personally have found this book to be wonderful. The first reason is because it is so easy to read. You read a very short page a day! Surely anyone can make time for that.
Yes, there IS spirituality in this book, but so far, I have not found anything that is militant or overly Christian like other books I have dealt with on the subject of death. I must disagree with a previous reviewer on its overly "Christian" contact. I will warn you, if you are an atheist, you may not want this book. If you follow any path, be it Hindu, Buddhist, Christian, I think you will like this book.
I also feel it is pretty good at dealing with a very wide range of bereavement, from those who have lost a child, a spouse, a parent, or friend.
I often find myself highlighting passages in it. I really do like it and I think that every funeral home, hospice, and hospital should carry this to help those who are going home for the first time to a new life without their loved one.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A friend gave me this little daily devotional right after we lost our 48 year old son unexpectedly...cardiac arrest. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Sandra F. Montgomery
I don't know what I would have done without this book after my husband died. The entry for July 20th was a turning point that made me realize that I could not live in two worlds. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Judith Bishop
This book helped me immensely after the recent death of my father. The daily meditations can be ready in any order some are appropriate to the loss of a parent some are not, but... Read morePublished 5 days ago by ses55
The best - have given to many friends who have suffered loss.Published 5 days ago by Rosellen B. Martin
Excellent meditative source after the death of a loved one. I received it after the loss of my life partner from brain cancer and have gifted it to others after their loss of... Read morePublished 6 days ago by judy derenberger
WONDERFUL!. My cousinf first sent me this after my partner of 28 years committed suicide and I found him. I read it every day. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Thomas F. Harris II
Print was too small for me to read ... it's sitting on the shelf ... make the book larger and charge more moneyPublished 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
This helped me beyond measure especially so during the first year and a half of the grievance process, it was a gift from a family friend. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Ce H