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Grief Recovery Handbook The Action Program for Moving Beyond Death, Divorce, and Other Losses Including Health, Career, and Faith

ISBN-10: 0061686077
ISBN-13: 9780061686078
Edition: 20th 2009 (Revised)
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Book details

List price: $16.99
Edition: 20th
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 1/10/2017
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.31" wide x 8.00" long x 0.54" tall
Weight: 0.660

Updated for its 20th anniversary, this classic guide that has helped so many people get through loss, now has even more to offer. The new material in this edition will include specific guidelines that will show readers how to choose which grief or loss they should work on first. In addition, losses that were not addressed in the earlier editions will be discussed, such as: growing up in an alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional home; Alzheimer's/dementia; loss of faith, loss of career, loss of heath; and others. Incomplete recovery from grief can have a lifelong negative effect on your capacity for happiness. Drawing from their own histories, as well as from others, the authors illustrate what grief is and how it is possible to recover and regain energy and spontaneity. Based on a proven program, The Grief Recovery Handbook offers grievers the specific actions needed to complete the grieving process and accept loss. For those ready to regain a sense of aliveness, the principles outlined here make this a life-changing book.

Introduction
Seeing the Problem
How to Use The Grief Recovery Handbook
Grief: A Neglected and Misunderstood Process
Grief and Recovery
Staying Open to Grief
Grief Recovery: How Does It Work?
An Incomplete Past May Doom the Future
Compounding the Problem
Confusion About Stages
What About Anger?
Common Responses
Getting Over or Getting Complete
When Is It Time to Begin to Recover?
Suicide, Murder, AIDS, and Other Tragic Circumstances
The "G" Word
Survivor: Another Inaccurate Word
There Is Nothing Wrong with You
We Are Ill Prepared to Deal with Loss
We're Taught How to Acquire Things, Not What to Do When We Lose Them
We're Taught Myths About Dealing with Grief
Participating in Your Own Recovery
Loss of Trust
Practice Makes Habits
Others Are Ill Prepared to Help Us Deal with Loss
They Don't Know What to Say
They're Afraid of Our Feelings
They Try to Change the Subject
They Intellectualize
They Don't Hear Us
They Don't Want to Talk About Death
Professional Distortions
They Want Us to Keep Our Faith
Academy Award Recovery
Enshrine or Bedevil?
We Want the Approval of Others
"I'm Fine" Is Often a Lie
We Begin to Experience a Massive Loss of Energy
We Experience a Loss of Aliveness
Preparing for Change: Starting to Recover
Your First Choice: Choosing to Recover
Who Is Responsible?
Your Second Choice: Partnership or Working Alone
Finding a Partner
Setting the Guidelines
Initial Partners Meeting
Making Commitments
First Homework Assignment
Review Thoughts and Reminders
Second Partners Meeting
Identifying Short-Term Energy Relievers
Short-Term Relief Doesn't Work
Identifying Your Short-Term Energy-Relieving Behaviors
Second Homework Assignment
Third Partners Meeting
The Loss History Graph
Compare and Minimize
Loss History Graph Examples
What Goes on the Loss History Graph
Third Homework Assignment: Preparing Your Loss History Graph
Time and Intensity
Learning from Your Loss History Graph
Fourth Partners Meeting
Finding the Solution
What Is Incompleteness?
How to Identify What Is Incomplete
Choosing a Loss to Complete
More Help Choosing the First Loss to Work On and Questions about Other Losses
Introducing the Relationship Graph
The Relationship Graph Is Different from the Loss History Graph
Completing Is Not Forgetting
Accurate Memory Pictures: Your Part
Truth Is the Key to Recovery
Even Long Illnesses End in Unfinished Business
Hopes, Dreams, and Expectations
The Relationship Graph
Fourth Homework Assignment: Making Your Relationship Graph
Dawn of Memory-the Death of an Infant
Fifth Partners Meeting
Almost Home: Converting the Relationship Graph into Recovery Components
Apologies
Victims Have Difficulty with Apologies
Forgiveness
Significant Emotional Statements
Fifth Homework Assignment: Putting It All Together
Sixth Partners Meeting
Moving from Discovery to Completion
Final Homework Assignment: The Grief Recovery Completion Letter<sup><$$$></sup>
Important Note
Final Partners Meeting: Reading Your Letter
What Does Completion Mean?
Stuck on a Painful Image
What About New Discoveries? Cole's Window Story
More Help with Relationship Graphs and Completion Letters
What Now?
Cleanup Work
More on Choices and Other Losses
More on Choices-Which Loss to Work on First
Start with Relationships You Remember
Other First Choice Concerns: Hidden or Disguised Choices
Guidelines for Working on Specific Losses
Death or Absence of Parent from an Early Age
Infant Loss and Infertility
Alzheimer's-Dementia
Growing Up in an Alcoholic or Otherwise Dysfunctional Home
Unique Loss Graphing Situations: Faith, Career, Health, Moving
Moving
Miscellaneous Tips
The Final Word
The Grief Recovery Institute: Services and Programs
Acknowledgments

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