Awakening from Grief: Finding the Way Back to Joy

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In this remarkable book, Welshons weaves together his own personal awakening with those of others he's counseled to bestow a deeply felt and exquisitely expressed primer on dealing with grief. We learn new ways to embrace our pain so that our hearts can open to feel joy. We discover how grieving gives us the unique opportunity to develop deeper and fuller life experiences. Written for people who have experienced any type of loss—whether through death, divorce, or disappointment—this compelling and memorable ...
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Overview


In this remarkable book, Welshons weaves together his own personal awakening with those of others he's counseled to bestow a deeply felt and exquisitely expressed primer on dealing with grief. We learn new ways to embrace our pain so that our hearts can open to feel joy. We discover how grieving gives us the unique opportunity to develop deeper and fuller life experiences. Written for people who have experienced any type of loss—whether through death, divorce, or disappointment—this compelling and memorable guide will take its place among the insightful works of grief management.
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"A must read for the soul....If you are grieving, this book will comfort you. If not, it will prepare you for that which is not small stuff."
Richard Carlson, PhD, author of Don't Sweat the Small Stuff

"Beautifully written!...This book is exactly what you need to heal your aching heart."
Wayne Dyer, author of 10 Secrets for Success and Inner Peace

"Everyone experiences grief. John Welshons has insights that will get you through your pain and mend your broken heart."
Mark Victor Hansen, cocreator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series

"Outstanding!...Very moving...John's heart, his years of experience, and his expertise show through clearly on every page of this excellent book!"
Stephen and Ondrea Levine, authors of Who Dies and A Year to Live

"[Welshons'] clear, direct style will hook readers. Highly recommended."
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Library Journal
Welshons's book characterizes grief as a journey to one's self that one achieves by passing through the doors of sadness. Grief includes, but is not limited to, the mourning associated with death and takes the form of avoiding unpleasantness or disappointment. "Our entire culture," the author writes, "is built on maximizing pleasure through the systematic avoidance of grief" by avoiding, busying, distracting, and/or numbing ourselves. The energy we consume in avoidance detracts from our ability to embrace life's downs as well as its ups. Embracing tragedy, disappointment, and unpleasantness "can become the groundwork for tremendous growth and insight" in life. These opportunities-catalysts in disguise-provide a chance for "aliveness," "awareness," and "enthusiasm" to break through. Welshons, a student of Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, previously self-published this title and sold 17,000 copies; his clear, direct style will hook readers. Highly recommended for all libraries. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781930722187
  • Publisher: New World Library
  • Publication date: 8/15/2003
  • Edition description: Subsequent
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 245,686
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

John Welshons
John E. Welshons is a highly respected contemporary spiritual teacher who lectures and leads meditation courses throughout North America. He is the author of Awakening from Grief and When Prayers Aren’t Answered as well as numerous audio programs on meditation and spirituality.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Preface xv
Foreword xix
Chapter 1 Being Fully Alive and Fully Human 1
Chapter 2 The Teachings of Loss 5
Chapter 3 Deaths and Rebirths 9
Chapter 4 Aunt Mabel 14
Chapter 5 How to Turn Loss Into Healing 21
Chapter 6 Bodies on the Beach 30
Chapter 7 What Is Grief? 39
Chapter 8 My Mother's Eyes 45
Chapter 9 Why Are We This Way? 51
Chapter 10 Bringing Death Out of the Closet 59
Chapter 11 The Raging Fire That Is Our Grief 63
Chapter 12 Finding Peace: Some Clues Along the Way 87
Chapter 13 But How Do I Do That? 95
Chapter 14 Working With the Death of a Parent 101
Chapter 15 My Father's Deaths 107
Chapter 16 The Death of a Child 121
Chapter 17 The Gifts We Give Ourselves to Heal 132
Chapter 18 Preparing for Our Own Death 151
Chapter 19 Working with Others Who Are Dying and Grieving 156
Chapter 20 Conclusion: The "I" of the Storm 187
Other Books to Read 201
Index 203
About the Author 207
Other Offerings from Open Heart Publications 209
Quick Order Form 212
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2005

    A Book That Should be Read by Everyone, Not Just Those Grieving

    This is a beautifully written book. It was a joy to read, and I felt as if I was looking into the soul of the author himself. Welshon has an uncanny ability to give you that 'soul experience' without his physical presence. Perhaps that is why he is so good at helping you understand that you can continue the relationship with the person that has left this life. In the sudden and tragic loss of my son to suicide, I was devastated. Welshon's ability to wind the spiritual with the practical was very helpful. His analogy of our cultures weakness in the way it deals with death is right on the money. His use of the spiritual, while not becoming religous, is refreshing.This is a book that everyone should read because this book about grief and death will teach you how to live.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2005

    The Finest Book I've Read on This Subject

    Awakening from Grief by John E. Welshons is an extraordinary exploration of a very difficult subject. It is an excellent roadmap for finding the way through all of the unwanted, unexpected losses and disappointments that come our way in life. Mr. Welshons is a gifted writer who will both move and inspire you. While much of what is on the market in this genre is either too academic, or too superficial, this book took me by the hand and guided me into emotions that I otherwise would not have had the courage to experience. It is heartfelt, deep, beautifully written, and truly helpful. I promise it will help you to make sense of so many things that make our lives confusing and difficult. It will help you to find real happiness and it will make your life better!

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