RUTH'S OWN STORY
“Having made my way through my own pain, I know how overwhelming the journey can look at the beginning. When my husband Don died of inoperable cancer, it felt like my whole world was turned upside down. I believed the pain of losing him would go on forever.
It didn’t. In moments of despair, I learned ways to keep myself going forward. It wasn’t easy and there were no shortcuts, but as time went on, I discovered that the pain did get easier and the small pleasures of life did return.
Having been in graduate school when Don died, I eventually received my degree as a psychotherapist. A few years later, my daughter Laurie also became a clinical social worker. By that time, I’d begun running bereavement groups and counseling the widowed. Laurie also went on to work with the bereaved.
We were both struck by how the inability to concentrate affected people who were mourning. When asked to recommend books, neither of us could find anything that took into account what our clients experienced and the difficulties they had attempting to read”.
OUT OF THEIR FRUSTRATION CAME A SOLUTION
Drawing on what worked best to get through her own loss, Ruth combined her personal knowledge with the easiest and most effective techniques used in her and Laurie's professional work.
Their wealth of time-tested ideas includes:
- Why it's important to learn to recognize and understand the many symptoms of grief.
- How to tune out well-meaning pressure from others and give yourself permission to grieve in your own way and own time.
- How to comfort and reassure a child of any age while you yourself are grieving.
- Ways to gain a sense of control over anxiety, anger, and absentmindedness.
- Tips for handling workplace challenges while you're slowed down by grief.
- How to manage your eating, sleeping and health concerns more effectively.
- Getting through holidays and special occasions the first year in ways that feel right for you.
- Knowing when and for what to get professional help.
- How to know when the time is right to move on to new relationships.
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