Path to Peace, A Guide to Managing Life After Losing a Loved One Paperback – August 1, 2015
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It does a comprehensive job of touching on the many types of loss, and offers helpful suggestions for coping and moving forward. From the moment I first started reading it, I knew the perspective is coming from well-informed person who has been through the grieving process.
I highly recommend buying it when you or someone you know is faced with the death of a loved one as it guides you forward with practical guides on what to do as well as emotional help.
Give the book to someone you know who needs it. You will be able to help them when they need it most on their own time. By owning the book yourself, you will be able to understand and anticipate the needs of the people you care for who may need your help during a difficult time.
This is simply an amazing, well written book that exceeded my expectations.
Angie Ransome-Jones has written what amounts to a very touching memoir, describing the events and process she went through following the death of her father, with whom she enjoyed a close and loving relationship.
Based upon her own experience, she describes a ten-step plan to follow after the death of a family member for whom one is responsible,.
The book may be a little rough around the edges—in terms of format, grammatical errors and some awkward sentence structures—but it is enriched by heartfelt, homespun observations like the one above, dispensed by her bishop. And it is clearly genuine.
For most people, death is a subject to be avoided and all the more so in our particular culture. By focusing on the importance of having in place a valid will and other infrastructure to minimize the challenges of survivors’ responsibilities, the author does her reading public a service.
If the author had asked for my feedback before publishing, I would have offered two main suggestions.
First, I would have urged her to reconsider some of her choice of language. She talks about drafting a “quarterback” and “winning fantasy team” to “funeralize” a loved one, using a “rodeo” metaphor in referring to the funeral process, saying that discovering unknown assets of a deceased loved one “can be ... an entertaining experience.” To me, personally, it seems trivializing and disrespectful (though I'm sure the author didn't intend it that way) to compare funeral arrangements to fantasy football and describe looking into the affairs of the deceased as entertaining. I would have recommended different choices of words.
The second main suggestion I would have offered would have been this: It’s perfectly fine to have your own particular religious frame of reference and be transparent about that. But if you are going to offer your book to the general public on a general site like Amazon—as opposed to a niche religious website—why not present your ten-step plan in a way that is more all-inclusive and universal, so that persons from any religious or spiritual orientation feel addressed?
Maybe the author will consider these ideas, respectfully offered here, for the next edition of her valuable publication.
Daniel K. Berman, Ph.D., Amazon author
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