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The Grief Recovery Handbook: The Action Program for Moving beyond Death, Divorce and Other Losses Paperback – 1 Jun 1998


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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: HarperPerennial; 2nd edition (1 Jun 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060952733
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060952730
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.1 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 244,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book is required for all my classes. The more I use this book, the more I believe that unresolved grief is the major underlying issue in most people's lives. It is the only work of its kind that I know of that outlines the problem and provides the solution."--Bernard McGrane, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology, Chapman University --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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I co-wrote it, I read it, I still love it. RF
It is rare that authors have the opportunity to amend things that they have written. During the ten years following the publication of the original Grief Recovery Handbook, we have enhanced our ability to help people whose lives have been devastated or diminished by significant emotional losses of any kind. We are pleased and thrilled that we have been able to upgrade the principles and actions of Grief Recovery so that millions more people can benefit from this program. We hope and trust that you will find the information, the style, and the actions of recovery accessible and life transforming. We know that it is possible to have a life of meaning and value even though overwhelming losses have broken your heart and drained your energy. We hope that the title - Grief Recovery - which puts two words together that are rarely joined, will encourage you to take the actions outlined in the book. We also hope that you will take courage from the fact that hundreds of thousands of grieving people have been helped by earlier editions of The Grief Recovery Handbook. Our hearts go with you as you take the journey to completion of the pain caused by your losses.From our hearts to yours, John W. James and Russell Friedman. [June, 1998]

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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Oct 1998
Format: Paperback
The title words "action program" and "recovery" accurately depict what this book is all about. It is simple. It is straightforward. It is profound. We all experience loss. Loss of people, jobs, beliefs etc., are all common human experiences. What is not common, however, is how these losses specifically affect us. We each have our own ways of internalizing and coping. And, some of the ways we cope can weigh heavily on us for many years following the loss experience.
Friedman and James do a beautiful job of laying out a plan for identifying, understanding, and moving beyond the loss experiences that still weigh us down. They hold our hand and walk us through, step-by-step, a journey into the inner areas that we have previously avoided due to discomfort and lack of processing skills.
Taking their clear direction, pen in hand, I followed their suggested writing exercises to begin the journey. Upon completion, I learned things about myself that have had a deeply profound impact. Most important, I freed myself of unresolved emotional garbage that was clouding my ability to grow. To say that this is the most important book I have ever read is an understatement.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Nov 1998
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I just read this book and did the exercises. My dear mother died on October 13, 1998 and I have been bereft. After writing my completion letter to her I feel a tremendous sense of peace and energy. I have read about five bereavement books and this is the best by far. I can't wait to do this same exercise with other "relationships" that have ended.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Gemini Adams on 9 May 2009
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After losing my mother to cancer, I spent about 5 years struggling with the effects of my loss. There didn't seem to be anyone to whom I could turn to for help. No-one seemed to understand the pain I had in my heart. Externally everything 'looked' fine, but inside, I was a mess!! I did eventually try a grief counsellor, but she really wasn't very good. Then, thank-god, I discovered this book, while doing research for my own book, 'Your Legacy of Love: Realise the Gift in Goodbye.' This book was THE BEST THINK THAT EVER HAPPENED TO ME, within weeks I was 'understanding' what had happened to me for the first time, and I was clearing the grief, moving from what I call the 'gaping void' to recovery. I cannot recommend this book highly enough to anyone who has been bereaved, or knows anyone who has.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Jun 1998
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My name is "Laurie" Murphy. I am one of the golf buddies acknowledged in the back of the book by co-author Russell Friedman. On Tuesday, a couple of weeks ago Russell gave me a signed copy of the book as a gift. While I was thrilled to receive it, I had no urgent need to read it, not having experienced any major losses in the past several years. On Tuesday night, out of a sense of courtesy to Russell, I sat down to "scan" it, so I could at least tell him that I had looked at it. I am normally a person who reads full length books in a couple of hours, as I tend to scan-read. Imagine my surprize, when I found myself reading every single word. And, even though I had no recent losses, I could not put the book down. I noticed almost immediately that the book was comfortable to read, that is, I didn't feel "talked down to." Later, as the book started giving examples and instructions, I found myself participating in the exercises, if not unwillingly, at least unwittingly. The book had gently induced me to participate in a process of discovery. I found myself thinking about events and people that I hadn't thought about in many years. I am now going to do as the book suggests, and not rest on just reading; I am going to take the actions outlined in the book. The other major awareness I had was about many of the things I have said to grieving people that may not have been helpful to them, even though my intentions were honorable. At the same time, I remembered how many times I had not appreciated some of the comments made to me following my own loss experiences. I found the information in the book to be very illuminating, and I already feel more comfortable, knowing that I am a little better prepared when I talk to someone who has just experienced a loss of any kind.Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. David Jenkins on 11 Jan 2010
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The book has some good concepts and over arching messages. It can be a bit preachy and simplistic at times. I can see why though as such a complex subject, which is so unique and personal to each and every person, is very difficult to prescribe specific options for each and every situation. So it necessarily creates some generalisations and themes.
That all said it does have some good exercies which promote thought, reflection and most importantly action. It is well worth a read for a wide variety of people's needs.
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