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When a Man Faces Grief / A Man You Know Is Grieving Paperback – September 1, 1998

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About the Author

James E. Miller is a clergyman, grief counselor, writer, and photographer. He is the author of 17 books.

Thomas Golden is a practicing psychologist and writer, with one other book to his credit.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Willowgreen Publishing (September 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1885933274
  • ISBN-13: 978-1885933270
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #265,825 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is one of the most concise and useful books on grief that I have ever read. Although the volume is small, it packs a powerful message of healing for those using a more masculine way of grieving (usually men but also some women) and for friends and loved ones of the bereaved.
The book is divided into two parts. The first half seeks to assist the bereaved themselves; the second half seeks to educate those who are around the bereaved person (usually a male) in order to assist him through the grief process. Thomas R. Golden is listed as first author of the first half of the book; James E. Miller is listed as first author of the second half.
"When a Man Faces Grief/ A Man You Know is Grieving" is unique in the way it is set up: The front cover shows a winter scene of snow-covered trees; the back cover shows the photographic negative of that same scene. The reader will also notice that the after finishing the first half of the book ("When a Man Faces Grief"), the second half is printed upside down. To read the second half ("A Man You Know is Grieving"), the reader closes the book and flips the entire volume over towards himself or herself to the cover with the photographic negative.
Each half consists of twelve, 2-page chapters, followed by a short summary list of ideas.
While reading this book, I was reminded of Alla Renee Bozarth's, "A Journey Through Grief." However, the Golden/Miller book concerns itself with the more masculine kind of grieving. And whereas Bozarth's book is geared almost exclusively for the bereaved, Golden and Miller's book is also for those who are around the bereaved person.
This book is very readable. It is similar to Thomas R.
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I don't like to give 5 stars to books. It seems people either give 1 or 5, and their reviews lack depth. However, I will give this 5 stars because it worked for me, and it has helped other friends of mine who faced loss. For me, I gave up a great, prestigous job due to stress. I didn't know how to handle it, and the grief of loss was MUCH bigger than I ever thought it would be. My wife and women at our church would add comforting comments, but it simple wasn't enough. They did not know the depth of my grief and the personal damage to my self esteem. A parish nurse gave me this book, and it laid out every emotion and coping skill that I was fumbling with to manage the grief of my job loss. Men do grieve much differently than women because their roles and the way they process things is much different than women. This book focuses on those uniquenesses, and does it with brevety and precision. Since I had my loss and recovery, I have becom a hospice volunteer at a large local hospital. I work mainly with men, and this book is like an operator's manual for a man's dying process. If you know what a man feels and from where he draws his final pride in life, you can help him in that process. The other great thing about this book is that it does not bog you down with clinical analysis or university studies. It gives you the facts and you can review it speedily whenever you need it. Get this book. You will never be sorry.
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As a man who has known grief, I can testify that this little book is a very useful tool for grieving men. It's size and writing style are right for someone in the throes of grief--simple and to the point. The two-sided format is an ingenious way to show that it addresses both men and those who know men who are grieving. I fully recommend this book as well as Tom Golden's other book on men and grieving, Swallowed by a Snake.
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It is not easy for most men to deal with their grief. They are expected to be very brave, very resilient and of course never ever shed a tear. There has to be an outlet for emotions that effect men so deeply and this book is undoubtedly helpful. I am sure it brought some comfort to my son in law just to know that I purchased this book for him . It sent the message to him that I understood and I cared. .
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This is a pair of books, cleverly printed. Look at one side, you have one title. Turn it over and reverse it, you have another. As the titles indicate, one is addressed to a man who is grieving, the other to a loved one of a man in grief. There are twelve ideas in each part, each briefly but clearly explained.
There is an appropriate emphasis on the ways in which man differ from women in grieving, less emotion, fewer words, desire to do something, and so on. I like this emphasis particularly in the part addressed to a loved one, likely to be a woman. It cautions her not to be critical because the man seems to be keeping a lot to himself.
Yet men often do go too far in holding it in. The part addressed to the man suggests ways in which he can act positively to deal with his grief. Words like "action", "courage" and "strength" are wisely used.
James Miller, who is really responsible for the book, published it and a number of other brief but excellent books on dying and death with his Willowgreen Press, in Fort Wayne, IN.
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My husband, who is currently a resident of a rehab facility, was given this by his Social Worker and I happened to read it when visiting him. It's very short and each subject is one page long so it's an easy read, especially for people with short attention spans. It's actually two books in one. Halfway through, you turn the book over and the second book is in the back. One deals with helping a man (or someone who deals with grief in a masculine way) and the other is for a man dealing with their own grief. It makes for a great read and highlights areas you may not have thought of for areas that a person needs to grieve the loss of. It was definitely an eye-opener for me and has been very helpful in dealing with my husbands condition.
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