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Love Lives On: Learning from the Extraordinary Encounters of the Bereaved Paperback – November 7, 2006
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Author and certified grief counselor Louis E. LaGrand, Ph.D., has been teaching about death and counseling the bereaved for over 25 years. He is a former Professor Emeritus at SUNY and he continues to be a sought-after international speaker.
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Dr. Louis LaGrand is a former distinguished service professor at State University New York (SUNY-Potsdam), where he started the first college course on death and bereavement. A certified grief counselor, he has authored several other books on the subject. He has been active in hospice and lectures frequently on dealing with grief.
While the skeptics will say that EEs are merely anecdotal and perhaps the result of wishful thinking, coincidence, or hallucination, most experiencers do not so easily discount them. "I was stunned," LaGrand quotes one experiencer. "Yet, as I walked back to my room I knew what I saw and what I had experienced. It was real."
As LaGrand points out, the EEs are for the most part beyond our understanding, but they do suggest that some part of us goes on in a world of spirit. Moreover, where there are bonds of love, the deceased remain concerned with loved ones left behind and often try to help them. "EEs help us understand that death is a temporary separation," LaGrand offers, "a transitional step a doorway to another kind of relationship between people."
While many grief counselors say that we should forget about our deceased loved ones and move on with life, an emerging view, of which LaGrand is a leader, is that we should continue to embrace them. However, as LaGrand points out, there is a difference between love and attachment. The latter can be binding and constricting. He also points out that some people having EEs can fall into the trap of wanting more in the way of another sign or visitation, thereby failing to move forward. Nevertheless, the EEs can offer comfort and peace of mind. "I've seen the way EEs can be the difference between coping well with a loss or being mired in pain and isolation," LaGrand states. "There are untold numbers of mourners who have found more meaning in the unexplainable - the confidence, hope, trust, and love that begin a web of healing relationships - than in any rational or logical experiences in their lives."
LaGrand gives many tips on dealing with grief and incorporating the EEs into one's mourning. Overall, it is a very interesting and informative read.
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