Title: Solace: Finding Your Way Through Grief and Learning to Live Again
Author: Roberta Temes Ph.D.
There is no more stressful and traumatic experience than coping with the death of a loved one. There are various stages of grief and loss, which often take months or even years for many people to overcome. But with the right guidance, readers can learn to lessen the pain and live happy lives. “Solace” provides soothing comfort and hope for those who are suffering. As an award-winning bereavement expert, Roberta Temes believe all of us experience and process grief in our own way. Here she helps readers through the stages of grief, tells them when they should worry, helps them consider the pros and cons of bereavement groups and counselors, and shows them how to use visualization to help the healing process. Featuring anecdotes drawn from her bereavement practice so readers may learn from the experiences of others who have also gone through and struggled with loss, “Solace” is also filled with comforting affirmations, quotations and words of encouragement. Dealing with loss is never easy, but this book provides a calming companion to help readers through their mourning and begin enjoying life again.
For anyone who is grieving the loss of a loved one, this book is an amazing read. When my grandfather passed away last fall, this book was a tremendous comfort to me. The author explains the grieving process in a conversational manner, with anecdotes from patients she has seen in her practice. It is an easy book to read and is a very helpful resource that isn’t preachy or telling you what you should feel and how long you should feel it. I think one of the most important things I got out of this book is that every person grieves differently and for different periods of time. What one person does while grieving may be completely opposite to what another person does. This book offers a multitude of ideas and mechanisms for coping with grief, from writing, to art, to bereavement groups. There is also a section on helping children through grief
I don’t review much non-fiction, but this book came to me at just the right time and was just what I needed. I highly recommend it for those of you who are grieving.