The gentle bereavement guidebook... All of this is valuable insight, but "Good Grief" contains more than other people’s stories. The second half of the book is dedicated to yours. Swinton and Kirby have created a series of journaling exercises that can be returned to time and again to check in with where you are in your bereavement. Refreshingly, they give you permission to color outside the lines of the academic model to explore your grief in all of its messy, painful, transcendent and evolving forms.
This book helps you believe there can be a great life after loss. The authors both lost their spouses after loving and caregiving through an illness . Then they found, through their faith, another opportunity for true love again. I already ordered a second book to give away.
This book is presented in ways that will encourage opportunities for loved ones to seek and search their hearts that they get in a place of healing. Valerie and Fred are an inspiration to couples who have lost a spouse but find it hard to open up and trust love again. The stories from 9 other people reflect how God's grace and mercy dwell in our life. The Lord does not want our hearts to be troubled or put more on us than we can bear.
I loved the fact that the authors was able to navigate their grief journey and was able to move forward.
Valerie and Fred, having gone through losing a spouse and the others shared such an intimate portrait of Gods love through the process. You can feel loss and grieve in many ways and the loving way Gods word and human experience is articulated makes this book feel like a warm blanket if you are in grief. Great read!