"Dr. LaGrand's advice and recommendations reach from and to both heart and head ... a powerful and important lesson about grief that even in grief, we can still grow." Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, senior consultant, Hospice Foundation of America Through Your Loss Comes The Strength to Grow Whether the death of a loved one is sudden or follows a long battle with illness, there is no way to prepare for the loss of someone close. Grieving is painful, but you have a choice in how you cope with grief and most importantly how you adapt to the intense loss you've experienced. Grief counseling expert Dr. Louis LaGrand describes 101 tips and prescriptions to help mourners through their tragic loss. His specific coping strategies offer practical advice, ultimately giving you pathways for achieving lasting inner peace by using the one thing you can control your own response to grief. Heal your inner grief and find peace by: *Starting each day with an affirmative action *Establishing a grief or worry time *Planning in advance for birthdays, anniversaries, and important holidays *Learning to enjoy new routines *Letting go of "if onlys" and "what ifs" *Never ruling out happiness
Many clinicians recognize that denying or ignoring grief issues in children leaves them feeling alone and that acknowledging loss is crucial part of a child’s healthy development. Really dealing with loss in productive ways, however, is sometimes easier said than done. For decades, Life and Loss has been the book clinicians have relied on for a full and nuanced presentation of the many issues with which grieving children grapple as well as an honest exploration of the interrelationship between unresolved grief, educational success, and responsible citizenry. The third edition of Life and Loss brings this exploration firmly into the twenty-first century and makes a convincing case that children’s grief is no longer restricted only to loss-identified children. Children’s grief is now endemic; it is global. Life and Loss is not just the book clinicians need to understand grief in the twenty-first century—it’s the book they need to work with it in constructive ways.
One of the unspoken aspects of mourning concerns the ways that loss affects our intimate relationships and our sexual expressiveness. This text opens these subjects for conversation, with the aim of promoting the trust, care, and respect that enable us to be vulnerable. It purposefully covers a range of topics, including: (1) the meaning of intimacy and the significance of sexuality, providing a basis for the use of these terms throughout the book; (2) death, grief, and differences in sexual orientation, including death and intimacy in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community and the losses endured by young people due to gender issues; (3) loss of relationship and restoration of intimacy in families, including pharmacological effects on the grief processes of widowers; grieving a not-so-loved parent; the "layered losses" of infertility and intimacy; and the tolls of war--intimacy and sexuality challenges for soldiers and their families; (4) adjusting to life's losses associated with aging or illness or infirmity, including Alzheimer's and dementia-related illnesses, physical health losses after 50, and intimacy, sex, and hospice--self-determination and dignity at the end of life; and (5) religious bases that have shaped our perspectives for understanding intimacy, sexuality, and healing after loss, and which give us hope--including the spiritual reflections of a rabbi and a Christian voice in defining what is right. Set in a framework that is both psychological and spiritual, the well-researched contributions are intended to acknowledge these experiences both professionally and personally. The book concludes with an extensive bibliography, valuable for research and reference. This book will be of value in undergraduate and graduate courses on thanatology, as well as for anyone interested in knowing more about grief--both those currently bereaved and those who wish to support others in mourning. The contributors appreciate both the importance of our capacities for intimacy and sexuality and our inhibitions and hesitations in giving voice to our needs and concerns, perhaps especially when we are grieving. The information and compassionate understanding they provide encourage us to bridge the gap between the secret and the private and to share what is close to our hearts.
In HEALING GRIEF James Van Praagh draws on his unique access to the world of spirit to show you how to move on from pain and grief to achieve inner peace. Sensitive and inspiring, HEALING GRIEF shows you how to cope with losing a loved one and rebuilding your life. The book explains that by confronting repressed feelings of grief and anger you can bring about self-healing. Through James Van Praagh's advice and guidance you may begin to recognise your loss, beyond the pain and sadness it brings, as an opportunity to involve yourself fully in life. HEALING GRIEF also explores other kinds of loss including divorce, losing your home or job and ageing.
It happened and it hurts. You realize it, but you can't believe it yet. The tears start coming and you wonder if you'll ever be able to function normally again. Fortunately, the grief journey, like any other process in life, can be learned. Even though it doesn't feel like it right now, healing is possible. Together we will explore: The 5 needs of every griever. How to deal with: normal grief guilt, normal grief anger, normal grief depression—and the 'dumb' things people say. Sorting, saving and purging your loved one's belongings—without regret. The importance of having a plan for holidays, special days and the anniversary of the death. What it means to create a 'New Normal.' How to navigate the path of grief, with all of its pitfalls and potholes, twists and turns, all the way to the destination of healing, acceptance and new beginnings.
In this remarkable book, John Welshons weaves together his own personal awakening with those of others he’s counseled to create a deeply felt and beautifully expressed primer on dealing with grief. Grieving, says Welshons, offers a unique opportunity to develop deeper and fuller life experiences, to embrace pain in order to open the heart to joy. Written for those who have experienced any kind of loss — death, divorce, or disappointment — this book offers reasonable, reassuring thinking on dealing with the death of loved ones and ourselves, finding the inner gifts that promote healing, and much more. Awakening from Grief takes a rare and compelling positive look at a subject needlessly viewed as one of the most negative in life. This is a persuasive primer on drawing the joy out of grief.
In You Can Heal Your Heart, self-empowerment luminary Louise Hay and renowned grief and loss expert David Kessler have come together to start a conversation on healing after loss. Louise and David discuss the emotions and thoughts that occur when a relationship leaves you brokenhearted, a marriage ends in divorce, or a loved one dies. They will also help you develop greater self-awareness and compassion, providing you with the courage and tools to face many other types of losses and challenges, such as saying good-bye to a beloved pet, losing your job, coming to terms with a life-threatening illness or disease, and much more. With a perfect blend of Louise’s affirmations and teachings on the power of your thoughts and David’s many years of working with those in grief, this remarkable book will inspire an extraordinary new way of thinking, bringing profound love and joy into your life. You will not only learn how to harness the power of your grief to help you grow and find peace, but you will also discover that, yes, you can heal your heart.
A candid and insightful memoir in which the author, a psychotherapist, self-discloses the tragedies of her personal life and how she overcame them. When her life fell apart, not once, but three times in quick succession, the author was devastated. Here she tells how she created a "recipe" for not only healing, but transforming the pain of tragedy and loss into new growth and spiritual deepening. Using what she learned from the painful end of a happy marriage, betrayal by the next man she loved, and the violent death of her daughter, she put her life back together, piece by piece, even while plagued by illness, inspired and supported by the five "ingredients" of the recipe. The journey brought her to a place of joy she had never imagined possible. Her "recipe", for the reader who wishes to embark on a similar journey to peace, purpose, and joy, is included at the end of the book. This uplifting story will be of interest to general readers, especially those who enjoy creative non-fiction, including memoir; anyone who is grieving; and to psychotherapists treating issues of loss, bereavement, trauma, and depression.
What do 33% of American women have in common? They've experienced abortion. You might be one of these women. Or maybe it's your friend, sister, coworker, or the woman sitting next to you at church. Regardless, post-abortive women are in pain, and at some point, most will experience post-abortion syndrome (PAS), a form of post traumatic stress disorder. But they may never talk about it. Many are silent because they are filled with shame, grief and guilt, afraid of judgment and condemnation. Few realize that peace is attainable through Christ's mourning process and the knowledge that because of His grace, they will reunite with their lost loved ones in Heaven. Her Choice to Heal is designed to help women find a way to God's healing after this devastating choice. Written by a post-abortive woman, it includes testimonies of strength, healing and hope. Sydna compassionately leads you on the difficult journey through denial, anger, and grief, to forgiveness, redemption, and letting go. Her Choice to Heal offers a roadmap to healing - practical suggestions, resources for help, space to journal, with the encouragement and hope found in Christ alone.