I WILL NOT FORGET YOU: Daily Meditations for Grieving Widows and Widowers ((365 Day Healing Companions for Life Transitions Book 1) (Kindle Edition)) Kindle Edition
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My aunt continues to rely on this book daily, 3 years after my uncle's death. We have given this book to friends who have lost their husbands several times in the past few years.
I also can say that I've corresponded directly with Ms. Stern egarding this book and she has been thoughtful and generous in our communications.
Please note: I have PAID for every copy of this and previous versions of this book. This review is my honest review.
Though it's been several years after my loss, Stern's book was like coming home to an old friend. Someone who understood and spoke my language. Grief doesn't necessarily disappear overnight yet I was too far along to take on another study on the subject. But Stern's book was just perfect. The format, in which she presents one topic per page, suited me very well and enabled me to go at my own pace without being driven on to read on in order to follow the story. And though the format is simple, don't let it fool you, every page packs a lot. The choice of topics is thoughtfully considered by someone who's been through it, and the writing is insightful and effective. Each page begins with the topic title, a carefully chosen quotation followed by Stern's sensitive musings, tips, learning's and exercises. Almost all the pages wrap up with an affirmation, or what I found to be a good summary in less than a sentence. This combination never felt contrived and it led me along comfortably with enough challenge to help me grow. Although it's designed as a page per day to be read over the course of a year, I find I can just as easily pick it up when the spirit hits, turn randomly to a topic and get focused for whatever time I want to invest. Each dive I take onto a page is satisfying. This is one of the books I would have appreciated having years ago when I was first grief stricken. But it’s also one that I would have kept with me to read and take from again and again. Anyway, I'm glad I've got it now.
This book is not just for widows and widowers. It is for anyone whose loved one is a widow or widower. And for anyone who is grieving.
This special book is written in the cadence of the grieving and healing process. Early readings address our shock, loss, chaos and surrender. As if Stern is walking at our sides through our grief, she supports the bereaved to withstand the clichés and inappropriate comments of well-meaning but clueless friends. Built into the sections is a unique "survival check-list." Later readings tactfully engage issues of pain, residual anger, isolation and self-care. As our grief finally begins to lift—as it eventually does for every healthy human being—Stern stays at our sides until the return of humor, socializing, (perhaps) dating and, ultimately, joy and laughter.
I recommend giving this latest work to anyone in your family and your communities who craves understanding, comfort and reassurance at this most difficult of life's moments.