A totally new approach to grief and recovery from it, from the author of Living When A Loved One Has Died and whose books have sold more than 300,000 copies.
Rabbi Earl A. Grollman is an internationally recognized bereavement counselor who has been named Hero of the Heartland and given the Distinguished Human Service Award from Yeshiva University, among countless other awards. He is author of the best-selling Living When a Loved One Has Died (Beacon / 2719-7 / $10.00 pb), among many other books, and articles about him and his work have appeared in USA Today, Harper's, Reader's Digest, Ann Landers, People, and in virtually every major American daily. He lives in Belmont, Massachusetts.
Yet another book on how to cope with the death of a loved one. But this one is a bit different: each of its chapters is followed by several lined columns in which the bereaved can write down their own experiences as they work their way through their emotions and - hopefully - on to recovery. In effect, they are encouraged to write a journal of one of the most traumatic experiences life can bring. This, for some, could be therapeutic. The blessedly brief text reassures readers that they are not alone in experiencing the intense emotions of mourning: shock, denial, guilt, anger, tears, physical reactions, depression. Later chapters serve up gentle advice on how to get one's life back on track through concern for one's children (who may also be suffering and by reaching out to friends, self-help groups and so on. Helpful appendixes include a checklist of personal information (insurance agent, tax consultant, etc.) as well as entry space for recording locations of will, bankbooks, insurance policies, real-estate holdings and other investments. All in all, a good idea that could probably help some work through the trauma of a serious loss. (Kirkus Reviews)