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The Grief Book
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 13 December 2012
The Grief Book tackles a subject that many people still find it hard to approach. At a time when those around are treating you like a damaged object or blithely ignoring your situation because they really don't know what to say, this book takes you by the hand and leads you through what happens when people grieve. Other readers have accurately described this book as a friend in grief; it acts as a resource to turn to, to work through and to live alongside.

The book guides you through different stages of your grief giving helpful suggestions of positive steps you can take for moving forward. There are key points at the end of each short chapter. These points help you to focus on the main message of the chapter, e.g. 'All we have is the here and now. Make the most of it.'.Then there are steps for acting on these key points. The steps are broken down into 'Baby steps' 'Bigger steps' and 'Giant strides'. The suggestions are specific, simple and most importantly achievable. They allow for gradual progression towards learning to live with your grief. Overall each chapter is kept short and concise, the points are made clearly without waffle and this is very helpful at a time when concentration is so hard to come by.

The authors have real life experience of dealing with grief both in a personal and professional capacity and this comes through strongly in the clear, gentle advice and the examples they use to illustrate their points. Throughout the book great emphasis is placed on the important fact that all grief is personal and that no one person reacts in the same way as another. The narrative is very accepting of all different types of reactions, attempting to explain where they might come from and that you cannot expect to control your emotions all of the time. By the end of the book you will have learnt about the authors' 'Living Through Grief' model and hopefully put it into action yourself and achieved your very own 'Catwalk Moment'.

I would highly recommend this book to anybody who has experienced loss and also to those with friends or family going through the grieving process. It not only helps you understand and accept your or your loved ones' reactions to grief but also provides clear advice for moving forwards as quickly or slowly as you feel able.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 1 March 2015
I have just this minute finished The Grief Book. I Lost my mother only 5 months ago, I am 29 and she was my best friend. Having gone through the initial passing I found that I have been stuck, unable to move forward and just wanting to move back. I have considered counselling but the thought of talking to someone I don't know just didn't feel right, I then searched for a book and came across this miracle, it made me understand that I am not going crazy, it's not all about me and taught me ways to deal with this situation. The book is not condescending or fluffy, it's realistic and when you feel that nothing can make you feel any better, it teaches you that you can live again and that we only get one shot. I am this morning going to start my own plan for moving my life forward in memory of my mum, I owe her that much at least and hopefully due to this book I can again be the person she taught me to be. I would recommend this book to anyone going through or supporting someone in a bereavement.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 4 November 2012
This book helped me find my own way to grieve.

A recurring phase in the book is " there are no rules for grief" this allows you to forgive and love yourself at a time when it seems impossible. This caring book helps you re-build.

This book also by providing action steps as "baby steps' 'bigger steps'and 'gigantic strides' allows you to work through things at your own pace.

A book for everyone.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 7 November 2012
A well thought-out guide to get you through the worst times in your life. The content is straight-talking and optimistic, delivered in bite size portions so you can read straight through, or dip into it when you are looking for advice. There are also useful case examples delivered in italics, which illustrate different types of grief and help explain the advice given. Well worth a look.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 16 July 2013
The writers are not patronising. They know what it is like to feel unimaginable sadness and bewilderment after losing a loved one. Some people will find the suggested "to do" lists helpful. I preferred just to read and take comfort in the fact that I was not alone in my handling of the loss.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 19 December 2012
Well-structured, and full of practical advice, it guides the reader through the various, possible stages of the grieving process. Determinedly non-dogmatic, and thereby likely to win over even the most resistant reader, its contribution to what is often a taboo experience is significant.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 3 January 2013
A little treasure. Written simply but intelligently, with great warmth, realistic goals and an overarching sense of hope. Everyone will find a case study that they can identify with, and a sense of relief that is is ok to grieve in your own way, however private/public/lengthy this may be. Would Love to see this in print for those of us without kindles!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 4 November 2012
The plain speaking approach is very refreshing and I would not hesitate in giving this book to a grieving friend.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 4 November 2012
The Grief Book is an excellent book with valuable help. I found it really well worth the read and will recommend it to my friends. Many thanks
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 7 January 2013
This well-structured handbook for living with grief is full of straightforward descriptions and practical suggestions.
Its tone is reassuring and encouraging. It is never dogmatic or prescriptive.
Most importantly its message is that there is no right way to grieve, only a way that is right for you.
Highly recommended.
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