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How to Survive the Loss of a Love Hardcover – January 1, 1992
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About the Author
McWilliams was a self-help pioneer who later became an advocate for medical marijuana.
Harold H. Bloomfield, M.D. is a Yale-trained psychiatrist and a respected leader in alternative medicine and integrative psychiatry. He is the best-selling author of Making Peace with your Parents, Making Peace withn Yourself, Hypericum (St. John's Wort) & Depression, How to Heal Depression, How to Survive the Loss of a Love, and TM Transcendental Meditation. His books have sold more than seven million copies and have been translated into twenty-six languages. His work has been featured in every major media outlet, including 20/20, Oprah, Larry King, Good Morning America and in Time, Newsweek, the New York Times, Forbes and People. He lives in Del Mar, California.
Top Customer Reviews
In it you will find short, one page chapters chock full of important reminders, proverbs, advice and practical suggestions. Throughout the message is constant - let yourself hurt, take responsibility for your own pain and your own healing, you will survive, you will smile again, life really is worth living.
Accompanying every chapter is a short, one page, free verse poem. Nothing has ever helped me feel more than these did.
I read most of this book while sitting in a city park one sunny, Sunday afternoon. All around me were families playing with their children. Inside I was bleeding, and frequently crying. It took at least two more years to get over being dumped, but my healing started that day. Maybe your's will, too.
Until I found this one.
This book described to me EXACTLY what I was going through. It did not seek to reframe the experience within the author's religious views. It did not seek to impose a decision or a philosophy on me. It did not try to get me to DO anything. It simply described exactly what was happening, and it did it in a way that made it okay for me to feel the way I was feeling.
The book is formatted in pairs of facing pages. On the lefthand page is straightforward prose; on the righthand pages (with a few exceptions) are short, original poems. This presentation I found extremely powerful. The poems connect in a way that the prose can't; and the prose lends strength and validity and concrete information to the fellings expressed in the poetry. The combined effect is one of knowledge and empathy.
In other words, reading this book is like sitting down and talking with a wise, kind friend.
The writing style is sparse yet complete. It would pass any test that E.B. White could put to it. It is, in itself, enjoyable.
Reading the above, I find that my description is inadequate. If you are going through the loss of a loved one, or, in fact, any kind of a loss at all, this book will give you comfort... it will put things in perspective for you, without demeaning or trivializing your feelings, and it will leave you in a place from which you can move on.
j michael rowland
This is a great book if you are suffering grief from a breakup, but I personally, did not find it useful or helpful at all for the type of loss I suffered. I cherish the love that we had - and he did not leave me willingly by choice - therefore I do not feel I have to process feelings of anger towards him.
I don't usually write reviews, but I wanted to keep the contents of this book in context so that people searching for some relief of pain having suffered the death of a loved one, will not be mislead. (like I was)
Obviously this is purley my own opinion, but for what it is worth, the pain of a breakup (which I have also experienced) is a different kind of pain than the pain of a death, and it is not reasonable to assume they could be treated the same way.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book. It was recommended to me after a very bad relationship ended and it was very helpful. I foresee rereading it after any loss and it being helpful each time.Published 16 hours ago by FairyMoon
This is by far the best book I have read on the grieving process. Anyone who is experiencing loss and grief should read this book. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Dawn J. Costin
This book is really great after a break up. It is very motivational and has some good tips. My only complaint is the way that they have it set up. Read morePublished 6 days ago by CreepyDoll
I have bought so many copies of this book I need to buy stock. First time someone gave me a copy in 1984 when my dad died I threw it in the closet thinking no book will ever help... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Anna L
I just recommended this book to a friend for her friend who lost her husband. I was given this book in March 1979 when my husband died suddenly and unexpectedly. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Gift Card Recipient
The Editions prior to 1992 a by far and away more digestible and direct to the point. I have given this book away countless times and have ALWAYS had the feedback that it was a... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Robert Sedaker
This book was recommended by my therapist while I was going thru an unexpected divorce. It really helped me.Published 2 months ago by Kevin McCarthy