Book Review - On Grief and Grieving
Book Review: On Grief and Grieving
This book about grief is one of my favourites and it is one of the most thorough coverage on this topic. According to her there are five stages of loss: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance, which she explains in detail. On Grief and Grieving is her final book and a fitting completion to her work. Even just reading this part brings relief to people struggling to understand what they are going through. The next two chapters cover the inner an outer world of grief, covering various topics of interest like: your loss, tears, dreams, regrets, roles, the story, resentment, isolation, punishment, afterlife, anniversaries, sex, your body and your health, just to name a few. The chapter following is dedicated to special circumstances like children, multiple losses, disasters, suicide, Alzheimer disease and sudden death. If you have suffered a loss in these areas please read the specific part to give you more insight into your story.
Includes a new introduction and resources section. Before her own death in , she and David Kessler completed On Grief and Grieving , which looks at the way we experience the process of grief. Just as On Death and Dying taught us the five stages of death—denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance— On Grief and Grieving applies these stages to the grieving process and weaves together theory, inspiration, and practical advice, including sections on sadness, hauntings, dreams, isolation, and healing. Elisabeth authored twenty-four books in thirty-six languages and brought comfort to millions of people coping with their own deaths or the death of a loved one. Her greatest professional legacy includes teaching the practice of humane care for the dying and the importance of sharing unconditional love. He lectures for physicians, nurses, counselors, police, and first responders and leads talks and retreats for those dealing with grief. Any use of an author photo must include its respective photo credit Author Photo jpg : David Kessler no credit 0.
First published in , it has been re-released ten years later with a foreword by Maria Shriver — someone well acquainted with grief and loss. Those now well-known stages, first spelled out in her book On Death and Dying , are all together now Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance. The Stages were never meant to be regarded as a set-in-stone process — not everyone experiences every stage, and any one of the stages could be experienced in any order. They were never meant to help tuck messy emotions into neat packages. And in this book, she and David Kessler gave us a framework for how to do it, a road map to survive grief.
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