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3.0 out of 5 stars Useful But Flawed, 24 July 2003
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This review is from: I'm Grieving as Fast as I Can: How Young Widows and Widowers Can Cope and Heal (Paperback)
I decided to pick up a few self-help books on coping with bereavement. This was one of them, and I’m sorry to say that I have been left disappointed by it. It was in need of a good editor to put everything in the right order. I was particularly annoyed by the way the chapter dedicated to unmarried lovers who had lost their partner was more than half taken up by a discussion of what to do if AIDS steals your partner. I felt this should have been an entirely separate chapter.
This book is not a total washout, however. There is a very useful discussion of the different kinds of guilt, which everyone would find useful. There’s a lot of gentle encouragement from the author to help you think more clearly about your loss, and also to help you see when people are trying to use their guilt on you to make them feel better. The author urges you to stand up for yourself in these situations. But at the end, I closed the back cover and found myself dissatisfied. In conclusion I would say that there are better books out there for the unmarried bereaved than this one, but widows/widowers would definitely find it useful.
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