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Lynne Halamish , Doron Hermoni

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11 Jun 2007
Riveting in their emotional clarity and utterly jargon free, these 30 stories from real life penetrate how we grieve and how we can help those who grieve- whether the griever is oneself, someone we care about, or a client or patient. Lynne Dale Halamish, an internationally respected grief counsellor with more than 20 years' experience, and Doron Hermoni, a family physician, researcher, and educator, present vignettes from practice that show how death- lingering, unexpected, violent, or self-inflicted- and the loss of a relationship- to oneself or with a child, sibling, parent, mate, grandparent, or friend- give life to grief, together with the process by which each person fully encounters his or her grief. Each story is no more than two or three pages, and the authors follow each one with a short summary of its teachings and a selection of annotated recent references for those who wish to read more about a topic. Looked at in relief, the stories reveal a master grief counsellor at work.

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Doron Hermoni is Chairman, Section of Family Medicine, Technion Medical Faculty and Haifa and family physician, Clalit Health Services, Sharon Shomron District, Israel.

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5.0 out of 5 stars My reaction 12 Nov 2007
By Levitt - Published on Amazon.com
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The Weeping Willow (encounters with grief)

I read the book through the eyes of both a therapist and as a mother who lost her son to cancer; and it provided much food for thought. It is a must for all therapists, and a valuable text for anyone experiencing grief and loss. .

The real life stories of counseling individuals and families in various circumstances told in brief by the authors serve to cast light on the complexities of dealing with grieving. . There is a lesson to be learned in each encounter by the inclusion of questions, answers and references.

A therapist can benefit from reading the authors' presentation and their insight into the varied facets of grief and loss and it can help anyone enmeshed in the throes of trauma, grief and loss.

"You should know no more sorrow"; "time is a great healer"; such inane platitudes, that only serve the speaker and rub salt into the wounds of the bereaved. I can never hear those words without cringing. The authors explain why these expressions are so annoying. What they are saying is that nothing can erase the pain but understanding can ease the pain.

I bought this book for a friend who had recently lost her daughter after a battle with cancer. She read the pages concerning her specific loss and she found it to be a precious aid.

I want to thank Lynne Chalamish and Doron Hermoni for sharing their experience, knowledge and insight with this gem of a book

Ada Levitt D.T.R. #56
Kibbutz Barkai, Israel
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource 27 Jan 2008
By Francie Scott - Published on Amazon.com
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I read this book from the perspective of a practicing social worker and also as a parent who has experienced the death of a child. This book provides clear and practical insights for understanding and working with grief. The true stories are poignant, concise and portray lessons and "truths" that could take a lifetime of professional practice to learn. From each story the author is able to distill practical advice and show how and why the advice matters, for those who want the theory; there are plenty of footnotes to pursue further research.

But not only is this book a valuable tool for professional counselors, the life stories and lessons touch on universal experiences we all face learning to live with the loss of parents, siblings, children or a traumatic event. The lessons in this book serves as navigational aids for all who find themselves in these turbulent and unsettling waters.

I will be buying this book for colleagues, and for those just beginning their careers in the helping professions.

Francie Scott, LCSW
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5.0 out of 5 stars Practical and Comforting Guide 19 May 2011
By Toni Schulke - Published on Amazon.com
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The Weeping Willow is an excellent book to give to those who are dealing with grief. It is practical, not sentimental. The stories in it describe different reactions to loss - and I can picture people I know in each of them. I would recommend this book for counsellors and pastors/congregational leaders/priests/rabbis/people involved with rehab, etc. a well as those dealing with grief. Good job Lynne!
5.0 out of 5 stars Obliged for all caretakers in contact with dying people and their beloved ones 21 May 2014
By Woukelyne Gil - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is about real life and the finiteness of it.
Examples teach you about real people facing death, their own or the death of a beloved person. Both for them as well as for professionals relating to them this books is of enormous support. Facts and tools combined with compassionate listening, warmth, care and professional advices are comforting, strengthening and giving answers where others hide (in) their fears. Since the writers are not trying to be politically correct they can be honest and share what was learned from real life not afraid taking the risk of giving answers.

It will help professionals to be more professional and give adequate answers, guidance, support and care. It will comfort and support anyone who is around a dying person. It will confront each reader with the finiteness of life, and through this connect all of us to our fears as well as the choice we have everyday: to fully live all the days of our life.

Thanks for this wonderful, inspiring and comforting book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Peerless 15 April 2011
By J. M. Walker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I've read a fair number of books on grieving.
This one is remarkable for its wisdom, clarity, practicality, and brevity.
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