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I'm Grieving as Fast as I Can: How Young Widows and Widowers Can Cope and Heal Paperback – June 1, 1994
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- Item Weight : 10 ounces
- Paperback : 190 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780882820958
- ISBN-13 : 978-0882820958
- Dimensions : 5.54 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
- Publisher : New Horizon Press; 1st edition (June 1, 1994)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : 0882820958
- Best Sellers Rank: #482,558 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I enjoyed this book very much. From there very first line. There were parts of it that I choose not to read bc perhaps it doesn't apply to me or is something I am no where near ready to read so soon.
I have struggled so much bc I feel so many people dismiss how I feel as a young widow. My forever had been shattered. I don't expect a book to make things better but it was nice to feel validated in my heartache not just be told to 'stay strong' and 'be tough'
Devastation, doesn't even begin to relate the emotions I felt. To make matters worse, we were preparing for his father's impending death (3 weeks later), and the closest family member to me was 4 hours away. Talk about feeling isolated in loss! All I knew was that I had to be strong for my daughters, and not let anyone see me fall apart. I was one of those proud, strong widows.
My mother, a social worker, gave me this book a month or so after the funerals. It was the first thing that actually related more to me than anything else I had read (usually books like this are directed at women over 65). Although the topics covered are fairly brief, I couldn't process much more information than provided at the time. I read what was pertinent to my situation, and skipped the parts (widows with young children, or no kids) that didn't apply.
I came to think of this book as my bible. So much so, that I gave my copy (along with a basket of pampering goodies) to another young, new, widow I met at Christmastime in a check out line. I promptly bought another copy, and in a couple of months, gave it to another grieving woman. I have turned to this book again and again, and probably have given it away at least 5 times with words of condolence and encouragement, as well as the instructions to "pay it forward".
7 years later, and in a new marriage, I still find that I turn to this book when my grief knocks at my door. This book has had a lasting impression on me, and nothing I have read since has offered me more validation and solace. I am still grieving as fast as I can, and I've learned that it is a process that will continue until the day I die (although the pain does lessen).
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I bought this book for my daughter based on current reviews. Whilst I could relate to her grief based on losing my mother and several close friends over the years, I realised that there was absolutely no way that I could fully appreciate the magnitude of her loss of a loving husband, friend, lover and father at such a young age; the person she thought she would grow old with.
Parents, family and a good and reliable support network are invaluable, but young widows/widowers have different emotional and practical needs to older people who lose partners or spouses.
Whilst my daughter hasn't gone into any great detail, she tells me that reading this book brings her comfort and reassurance; she always seems to have this book by her side and it's starting to look very well thumbed.
The fact that she has this book also brings me some sense of comfort because I think it's helping her in a way that I'm not able to.
This book was eye opening to me. I feel like 90% of the things written, were being written about me. There is no right or wrong way to grieve, but this book made me realise that it’s ok to have the thoughts/feelings I did/do have because SO many other widowed people think/feel the same. Even though I still don’t have any support group to go to, it’s nice to know that actually I’m not alone.