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Healing After Loss: Daily Meditations For Working Through Grief Paperback – December 1, 1994
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About the Author
M A R T H A W . H I C K M A N was the author of more than twenty books, including The Growing Season, Fullness of Time, I Will Not Leave You Desolate, and Such Good People, and the children’s books When Andy’s Father Went to Prison, And God Created Squash, and Eeps Creeps, It’s My Room.
A native of Massachusetts and a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Mount Holyoke, she lived in the South for many years. To her writing she brought the additional perspective of being a wife, mother, grandmother, and sometime editor and teacher. Her work continues to serve as an invaluable source of inspiration well after her passing.
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"It surprises us. We know it's a fluke. We know it won't last.Happiness? Contentment? Joy?
And not just a quick flash of joy, of contentment--as when we are lifted up on wings of song--or by prayer--or by a spectacular sky--or because of a daisy blooming in some field. But a sense that in some way we are going to be able, after all this, to be happy! Whoever would have thought it?.......
It is life calling to us--See, you are mine. I have wonders in store for you, believe it or not. And I will wait for you--beneath the snow, if necessary, and beyond the storm."
When I came home this summer from being with my three grand children, I was full of joy and love. A thought came, "Why should I be happy? She is gone, and I'm all alone." I decided right there and then, that I would be happy, period. Was I happy that I had lost my daughter? Never in a million years, nor was I happy with how things happened or turned out, but I chose to be happy in life, despite what had happened, she would have wanted that.
Now that I can finally read this book, it has brought smiles and tears and is helping me heal even more. I wrote this so that those that are walking this road of shards of glass, when it has turned into a path of pebbles, you can pick this up, read and meditate. By the way, it is still a work in progress, I have many more days of happiness, joy and peace since I made that decision than before. Blessings!
In November I lost my dad suddenly in an accident. He was only 54, and I'm only 30. I'm solely responsible for his estate, and very few of my peers can understand my situation, so I've been hunting for books for comfort.
I ordered a few books, read the reviews, looking for things that weren't too preachy. Some have been helpful and some....
This one seemed cool, a page a day with the date on it, a quote, a blurb about that day's idea, and then a sentence to meditate. Seemed right up my alley.
Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Instead, it's a part of the grief shaming rhetoric that is very prevalent in our culture. Thick with the ideas that one can make choices during grief. As if we can avoid the hidden landmines we walk over that devastate us without warning.
I absolutely understand the author's concept in some ways, there are times of choice and control but most of the time you're at the mercy of grief while you attempt to weather the worst of the storm and look to ways to possibly function in this "new normal." I get what they're trying to convey, kind of, a little, but mainly, nope.
This book sounds more like the negative judging voice in my head that says "see....you shouldn't be like that"
I wouldn't give this to someone going through loss. It would be like fuel to the worst of self loathing and guilt felt during grief.
OF ALL THE READINGS I HAVE DONE THIS PAST YEAR - THIS WAS THE BEST.! CERTAINLY it doesn't bring my loved husband back but now know I am not suffering alone.
I have purchased several of these books for others. Every one is amazed how these pages seem to speak directly to each one of us.
This little book is far and away my most treasured purchase. If I had to give away my entire library and keep one book, this would be it. The passages are short and easy to read in under five minutes, which is a blessing for those of us dealing with loss of concentration that comes with intense grief. Although short, the passages contain deep, thought provoking, yet simple, gentle and hopeful thoughts for those suffering from devastating loss.
I recently went away for a weekend and although packing space was limited, I took this book with me. That is how much a part of my morning routine it has become. It is not overtly religious, so I would feel comfortable giving this book to anyone, from the most religious person I know to the staunchest atheist. It is intelligent and insightful and does not give way to clichés or trite phrases that we hear all too often. I highly recommend it for anyone who has suffered the loss of a loved one. I am purchasing additional copies to family and friends who are also grieving.