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Chicken Soup for the Soul: Grieving and Recovery: 101 Inspirational and Comforting Stories about Surviving the Loss of a Loved One [NOOK Book]


Readers mourning the loss of a loved one will find solace and strength in these 101 emotional and inspiration stories from those who have gone through the grieving process. Chicken Soup for the Soul: Grieving and Recovery will help readers during this difficult time.

Everyone grieves in their own way. While the hurt and sadness never completely fade, it eases with time. Contributors who have gone through the grieving and recovery process share...
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Chicken Soup for the Soul: Grieving and Recovery: 101 Inspirational and Comforting Stories about Surviving the Loss of a Loved One

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Readers mourning the loss of a loved one will find solace and strength in these 101 emotional and inspiration stories from those who have gone through the grieving process. Chicken Soup for the Soul: Grieving and Recovery will help readers during this difficult time.

Everyone grieves in their own way. While the hurt and sadness never completely fade, it eases with time. Contributors who have gone through the grieving and recovery process share their stories, offering guidance and support in this collection of personal and poignant stories. With its stories of regaining strength, appreciating life, coping, and faith, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Grieving and Recovery will ease the journey to healing.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781611591859
  • Publisher: Chicken Soup for the Soul
  • Publication date: 2/1/2011
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 131,285
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen are co-founders of Chicken Soup for the Soul.
Amy Newmark is publisher and editor-in-chief of Chicken Soup for the Soul.
Jack Canfield is cocreator of the Chicken Soup for the SoulĀ® series, which includes forty New York Times bestsellers, and coauthor of The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be. He is a leader in the field of personal transformation and peak performance and is currently CEO of the Canfield Training Group and Founder and Chairman of the Board of The Foundation for Self-Esteem. An internationally renowned corporate trainer and keynote speaker, he lives in Santa Barbara, California.
 Mark Victor Hansen is a co-founder of Chicken Soup for the Soul.


While Jack Canfield himself may not necessarily be a household name, it's very likely that you have heard of his famed Chicken Soup for the Soul series and nearly as likely that you have at least one of them sitting on your very own bookshelf! Having got his start as an inspirational speaker, Canfield's own story is nothing less than inspirational.

Jack Canfield had been traveling around delivering key note speeches and organizing workshops to help audiences build their self-esteem and maximize their potential when he had an in-flight brainstorm that changed his life. While flying home from a gig, Canfield realized that the very same advice he had been delivering during his in-person addresses could potentially form the basis of a book. Canfield used inspirational stories he'd gleaned over the years as the basis of his speeches, and he thought it would be a terrific idea to gather together 101 inspirational stories and anthologize them in a single volume. Upon returning home, Canfield approached friend and author Mark Victor Hansen about his concept. Hansen agreed it was a great idea, and the two men set about finding a publisher. Believe it or not, the mega-selling series was not an easy sell to publishers. "We were rejected by 123 publishers all told," Canfield told "The first time we went to New York, we visited with about a dozen publishers in a two day period with our agent, and nobody wanted it. They all said it was a stupid title, that nobody bought collections of short stories, that there was no edge -- no sex, no violence. Why would anyone read it?"

Canfield wisely practiced what he preached -- and persisted. Ultimately, he and Hansen sold the first Chicken Soup for the Soul book to a small press based in Deerfield Beach, Florida, called Health Communications. The rest, as they say, is history. There are currently 80 million copies of the Chicken Soup books in print, with subjects as varied as Chicken Soup For the Horse Lover's Soul and Chicken Soup For the Prisoner's Soul. Canfield and Hansen ranked as the top-selling authors of 1997 and are multiple New York Times bestsellers. Most important of all, the inspirational stories they have gathered in their many volumes have improved the lives of countless readers.

This year, expect to see Canfield's name gracing the covers of such titles as Chicken Soup For the Scrapbooker's Soul, Chicken Soup For the Mother and Son Soul, and Chicken Soup For the African American Woman's Soul. He and Hansen have also launched the all-new "Healthy Living" series and 8 titles in that series have already been released this year. There is also the fascinating You've GOT to Read This Book!, in which Canfield compiles personal accounts by 55 people each discussing a book that has changed his or her life. The most compelling of these may be the story of young entrepreneur Farrah Gray, who read Deepak Chopra's The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success at the age of 11 and made his first million dollars at the age of 14!

With no sign of slowing down, Canfield continues to be an inspiration to millions, who fortunately refused to give up when it seemed as though he would never even get his first book published. "Mark and I are big believers in perseverance," he said. "If you have a vision and a life purpose, and you believe in it, then you do not let external events tell you what is so. You follow your internal guidance and follow your bliss, as Joseph Campbell used to say."

Good To Know

Canfield is the founder of two California based self-esteem programs, "Self-Esteem Seminars" in Santa Barbara and "The Foundation For Self Esteem" in Culver City.

Writing the first Chicken Soup book was a lot more daunting than Canfield expected. After the first three years of research, he and Mark Victor Hansen had only compiled 68 stories -- 33 tales shy of their goal of 101 stories.

Along with co-writing dozens of full-length books, Canfield also publishes a free biweekly newsletter called Success Strategies.

Some fun and fascinating outtakes from our interview with Canfield:

"My inspiration for writing comes from my passion for teaching others how to live more effective lives. I started out as a history teacher in an all-black inner city high school in Chicago, graduated to a teacher trainer, then psychotherapist, then trainer of therapists, then large group transformational trainer and then a writer and keynote speaker. All along the way, my desire was to make a difference, to help people live more fulfilling lives. That is what I still do today. Most people don't know this but I was not a good writer in college. I got a C in composition. Nobody would have ever believed I would grow up to be a bestselling author."

"I play guitar, and I am learning to play the piano. I love movies and some TV shows. My favorites are Six Feet Under, Grey's Anatomy, House and Lost. I love to play Scrabble, poker and backgammon with my in-laws, nieces and nephews. We really get into it. I love to travel. I have been to 25 countries and try to add two or three new ones every year."

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    1. Hometown:
      Santa Barbara, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 19, 1944
    2. Place of Birth:
      Fort Worth, Texas
    1. Education:
      B.A. in History, Harvard University, 1966; M.A.T. Program, University of Chicago, 1968; M.Ed., U. of Massachusetts, 1973
    2. Website:

Table of Contents

1 Marking the Most of Memories

1 Bean Soup Jacqueline Rivkin 1

2 Daffodil Month Jennie Ivey 4

3 My Mother's Recipe Box Sally Schwartz Friedman 7

4 Two Lives Paige Cerulli 10

5 A Family Heirloom Allison Knight-Khan 12

6 Learning to Soar Again Jean Kinsey 15

7 Sharing the Journey Ferida Wolff 19

8 Butterfly Miracles Jeanne Wilhelm 22

9 The Red Pen Elynne Chaplik-Aleskow 25

2 Finding Comfort

10 Beacon Sarah Wagner 31

11 Stork Stand Candace Carteen 34

12 Not Quite Unbearable Terri Elders 36

13 Knit Together Barbara Farland 40

14 The Empty Table Joyce Stark 44

15 A Healing Gift Jenny Force 47

16 The Chaplain's Prayer Brenda Dawson 49

17 Cornell Sunflower Sheri Gammon Dewling 52

18 My Daughter, Rose Laraine Paquette 54

19 A Sign from God Ann Schotanus Brown 59

20 From Pain to Purpose Sandra E. Maddox 62

3 Helping Hands

21 A Compassionate Guide Scott Newport 69

22 A Little Child Shall Lead Them Candace Schuler 73

23 Mother's Bracelet Peg Kehret 75

24 I Am a Nurse Melissa Frye 78

25 Mr. Fitz Highland E. Mulu 81

26 Life Is a Series of Choices Liza Rosenberg 85

27 How to Help Beverly F. Walker 89

28 A Quilt of Memories Meaghan Elizabeth Ward 91

29 The Woman Who Could Not Stop Crying Bobbie Jensen Lippman 95

30 A Slice of Heaven Jan Grover 98

4 Attitude Adjustments

31 Secret Shopper Bettie Wailes 105

32 The Eight-Iron Victory John H. Hitchcock 109

33 The Willingness to Let Him Go Cate Adelman 113

34 Learning About Loss Before It's Too Late Saralee Perel 116

35 My Son Lorna Stafford 119

36 Last Laugh Cheryl MacDonald 122

37 When Fathers Weep at Graves Beverly F. Walker 126

38 A Call to Action Susan Palmquist 130

39 Chicago Peace Teresa Curley Barczak 132

40 The Christmas Card LaVerne Otis 135

5 At the End

41 Not Alone Jean Kinsey 141

42 A Final Savasana Priscilla Dann-Courtney 144

43 When I Was a Coward Aleesah Darlison 146

44 Winning the War Laura J. O'Connor 150

45 The Greatest Gift Thomas P. Haynes 154

46 Happy Birthday to Me Verna Wood 156

47 A Time for Tenderness Brenda Black 158

48 Last Words Bridget McNamara-Fenesy 161

49 Little Bird Diane Wilson 164

50 Mourning Ahead Barbara LoMonaco 167

6 Moving Forward

51 Love, College, and Chemo Lisa Tehan 173

52 The Blueprints Cindy Golchuk 176

53 Six Words Brigitte Hales 180

54 Broken Glass Amy Schoenfeld Hunt 183

55 The Chinese Chicken Incident David Chalfin 186

56 Hand-Me-Down Funeral Pat Snyder 190

57 The Gift of Compassion Sami Aaron 193

58 The Uninvited Guest Heather Schichtel 197

59 The Voice from Beyond Craig Idlebrook 200

60 A Hierarchy of Grief Carolyn Roy-Bornstein 202

61 Harriet Cooper 205

62 Grieve Bee Claire Mix 208

7 Across the Generations

63 The Funeral that Made a Family LeDayne McLeese Polaski 215

64 Phone Calls Sallie A. Rodman 218

65 Grandma on the Block Ferida Wolff 222

66 Gracie's Angels Mandi Cooper Cumpton 225

67 Lillian's Daughter Sally Schwartz Friedman 228

68 New Englander at Heart David Hull 231

69 Dancing into Heaven Libby Grandy 235

70 Nancy Shaylene McPhee 238

71 A Gift of Time Kathy Dickie 242

72 The Miracle of the Easter Pies Bob Brody 246

8 New Beginnings

73 First Day Rob Loughran 253

74 In My Hands Ruth Knox 256

75 Lost and Found Suzanne F. Ruff 259

76 The Light of Morning Lola Di Giulio De Maci 263

77 Fear Barbara Ann Carle 267

78 Find Your Path Larry Agresto 270

79 A New Normal Diane Helbig 273

80 Sneaking Sodas Susan Farr-Fahncke 275

81 Triumph over Tragedy Brenda Dillon Carr 279

82 Boughs of Love Donna Brothers 282

9 Healing in Time

83 The Joshua Tree Amanda Pool 289

84 A Book of Memories Sharon F. Svitak 292

85 David Amy Victoria Austin Hert 295

86 Seven Stages Scrambled Susan Jean LaMaire 297

87 Auntie Beast Carly Commerford 299

88 Stickers Jane Barron 302

89 White Boxes Jo Anne Flaming 305

90 Winging It Terri Elders 309

91 Cyber Blessings Beverly F. Walker 313

92 Sliding into My Father's Shoes Theresa Woltanski 315

10 Signs from Beyond

93 The Blessing of a Dream Beverly F. Walker 321

94 Another Miami Moon Jude Bagatti 323

95 Angels Slobber Too Kelly Van Etten 325

96 Traveling On Rebecca Degtjarjov 329

97 Beyond the Cocoon Michael J. Cunningham 332

98 A Message from Dad Kathryn Radeff 335

99 The Sign Lisa Naeger Shea 338

100 To Fly with Herons Antonia C. Everts 341

101 In Their Heavens Joseph J. Kruger 345

Meet Our Contributors 349

Meet Our Authors 366

Thank You 368

About Chicken Soup for the Soul 369

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2011

    One I will keep forever and continually return to for inspiration.

    Many stories grabbed me - Grandma's Cookbook and Cornell Sunflower really touched a cord in me.

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    Posted January 15, 2011

    Sad but inspiring....

    My personal favorite is "The Joshua Tree".

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