Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Review: Solace: Finding Your Way Through Grief and Learning to Live Again by Roberta Temes, Ph.D.

How do you grieve the loss of a loved one? Is it best to seek the comfort of others or go it alone? Stay stoically strong or let it out? Does it take weeks, months, years? Actually, says Dr. Roberta Temes, we all experience and process grief in our own unique way.

No one can tell you exactly how you'll feel or what to do, but with Solace as your guide, you'll understand the stages of your grief and your changing and sometimes conflicting emotions. Dr. Temes will help you consider the pros and cons of bereavement groups, counselors, and other sources of help, and how to use visualization and other techniques to ease your mind and heart-even on your worst days.

Enriched with personal stories drawn from the author's bereavement practice, Solace also provides inspiring quotes and affirmations to life you through each day-until the healing process takes hold and you begin once again to find purpose and joy in life.

Received from the publicist for review.

Even though I lost my mom over two and a half years ago this was so hard to read! I cried through at least half of it! We're talking red eyes, runny nose crying here! But it is such a wonderfully presented book and handles the subject respectfully and lovingly. You truly feel as if the author really does care about you and wants to help.

There is a nice, comprehensive section of resources, ranging from online and offline to videos and books.

This one gets five stars. It is a beautiful, thoughtfully and respectfully written book that can help comfort someone, regardless of religious inclinations, who has suffered a loss. It would truly make a heartfelt and welcome gift to someone you know who has lost someone. While it might not be read by the recipient right away, just having it would certainly offer some peace.

★★★★★ = Loved It


Diane said...

I will be reading this one soon as well. Glad it was so helpful Beth.

Marilu said...

This sounds like a really good book to read. Sounds very helpful. I think I will add to my list of books to buy.

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