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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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Product Details

  • Series: Daily Meditations
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; 1 edition (December 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380773384
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380773381
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 0.8 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Healing After Loss" was given to me after the sudden and unexpected death of our 14 year old son in March. The loss is so terrible and unimagined. We have struggled to go through each day without our only child, our wonderful son.
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.
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I was dealing with the devastation and loss of my husband after a fight with the evil cancer. I did not want to live. My whole life changed and I would have done anything to have him back. But, I kept living and I couldn't get him back no matter what. This book has had a profound affect in helping me deal with and get through this painful phase called grieving. The writings of 365 different people and days describes so effectively the feelings and reality of what grief is. I still read it daily. So many of the comparisons hit home. I have bought it for two friends who have recently lost loved ones. I highly recommend it to any grieving person who needs to understand the emotional and painful process they are going through. You aren't alone.
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Is anyone ever ready to lose a love one -- no matter the age or devastation of illness? I know I was not. My husband was and still is a most important person in my life. I felt totally disconnected when he died and still struggle with it daily. If not for this wonderful book of daily meditations, there are days when getting out of bed would have been more than I could do. 6 months after Jack's death, I am now able to occasionally notice the lovely blue sky, hear the birds signing, and feel the sun on my face. My grief therapy is only effective in the slow healing of this grievous wound in my soul with the daily reminders in this compilation by Hickman and being encouraged to recall the wonderfulness of Jack, my husband, my best friend, my life love.
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In April, 1997 my 37 year old son died from a heart attack. A friend gave this book to me and I consider it the best aid I had for dealing with the profound grief. Friends and family are wonderful but it took this little book to actually force me to do some work and move on. June 11,2001, My dear husband died of a very sudden, no warning heart attack. I have just begun the daily meditations again. I already am feeling the process changing from denial, to one of accepance and I almost feel like I will live again. I want so much to be able to thank the author personally but perhaps this little note will help.
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After using my own copy for 6 months, I purchased multiples to have on hand to give as gifts to others when they suffer a tragic loss. I don't see how anyone can survive the devastation of losing a loved one without having this little book of wisdom at your fingertips to help you get through each day. A big book is overwhelming when you are unable to concentrate on anything for long, but this is broken down into manageable size pieces to read on a daily basis. What helps the most is seeing words in print that exactly describe your feelings and emotions, it makes you aware you are not alone and others are going through the same process. I lost my husband of 41 years suddenly with no warning and no goodbyes, and it still doesn't seem real that he can be gone while I am still here. The most comforting words are the ones that assure us our loved ones are still with us in spirit, we just have to open our minds and hearts to the possibility and it makes everything easier to bear. Two quotes "I will relax into the memory and spiritual presence of my loved one, and feel at peace." "I will open my heart in trust that, in ways I do not now understand, my loved one will continue to be present in my life." And it lets you know it's a long process, and it's okay to take your time to work through it. And it lets you know how healing it is to keep talking about the person you have lost. I keep a yellow highlighter with mine and mark the passages that really speak to me, and I go back and read them over and over. To start with I could only highlight the words of pain and grief, eventually I think I will be able to include the words of hope in the passages for finding reasons to go on - the sun will shine, the flowers will bloom and I will be able to enjoy them again. Words can't convey the debt of gratitude I owe Mrs. Hickman for the comfort and peace I am receiving from her book.
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