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Understanding Your Grief: Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart Paperback – February 1, 2004
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(Note: Knowing the nature of grief as it is, I suggest this book might be best read months after an intense loss. Otherwise you may find yourself reading each sentence or paragraph over and over trying to make sense of it due to the inherent lack of concentration caused by the severe assault to the mind as well as the heart. Where ever you are along the grief journey, it is never too late to read this book and begin proactive healing.)
I am using this book as the "course outline and textbook", so to speak, for a bereavement group that I am attending. The book and it's accompanying journal are great for giving each member of our group focus on the tasks and issues at hand and keeping us from wandering aimlessly in the confusion of our grief. I have attended groups after other losses in my life, but this one is the best because it does have strong guidance and direction from both the author and our chaplain.
A friend of mine just lost his father...when I am finished with it, I think I will pass this book along to him.
My only reservation is that it's rather dense. For people who are newly grieving, it's probably way too much information, too soon. You're ready for this book when you can read a paragraph once and understand what it says.
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One of the problems in writing a book is that you are writing to readers who are stressed, torn in different directions, and may have trouble focusing. So it's important to get a lot across in an accessible way. Wolfelt does this.
Each "Touchstone" is clearly discussed with concrete suggestions of how to work through it. The Touchstones more or less follow a chronological order, though he stresses the grief process is not linear, and that there are not stages that one works through, one, two, three.
Wolstone has written a companion book on keeping a journal and makes a number of suggestions of what might write. I know from personal experience how helpful writing can be in dealing with grief, though I am not oriented toward journals. If you are, I think it would be worthwhile checking out that book as well as reading this.
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Mr. Wolfelt's touchstones helped me realize that the grief journey is a difficult one which cannot be rushed. I most like his message of self-compassion.Published 13 days ago by P. Crowley
this is the best book. I highly recommend for people that are suffering a loss.Published 1 month ago by kansas.sparkles
tenderly written with love and understanding. Made me feel betterPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book, and our third (and best) grief counselor, have been immensely helpful for us.Published 2 months ago by A. Hebert
Very helpful! Definitely need the workbook with it. I'm still working on becoming accustomed to the loss of my mother, but this book really is helping me.Published 3 months ago by Writer'sAnnonymous
Overall pretty one-dimensional regarding grief. There is not much room for people experiencing complicated grief or grief unrelated to an actual person dying. Read morePublished 3 months ago by katio