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Deborah Morris Coryell has worked in the health field developing wellness programs since 1974. She founded the Wellness Education Department for Canyon Ranch Spa Resorts as well as for the Pritikin Longevity Center. She is a visiting faculty member for Dr. Andrew Weil’s program in Integrative Medicine and is cofounder and executive director of the Shiva Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the education and support of those dealing with loss and death, located in San Luis Obispo, California.
"The book is small, but every word is well chosen, thoughtful and filled with wisdom. The additional CD really impacts listeners because Deborah reads her book with deep compassion, sincerity, and emotional commitment to the subject of grieving. One gets the sense that Deborah really does know, at a very profound level, of the pain we suffer when we must say goodbye to someone we love."
"This slim yet powerful book will help readers to not just deal with grief, but also to benefit from it."
“[Deborah Morris Coryell] writes in a compassionate voice that offers comfort as well as a challenge to encourage transformation through the experience of loss. An excellent companion . . . a helpful and validating resource for grief counselors, for anyone working with people in grief, and for many working with their own grief issues.”
“[For] people who are dealing with grief or who are going through other major life transitions. I draw upon Deborah Coryell’s wisdom and expertise and recommend Good Grief as a resource for both patients and physicians.”
“An insightful and compassionate guide to one of life’s essential growth processes. Grieving is not to penalize us; it is love’s healing work for loss.”
“Helps families deal with grief in a way that is nurturing, honoring, and life-affirming.”
"Coryell has written a compassionate and quietly inspiring book explaining why we should grieve, how to grieve without getting lost in despair, and what healing can occur when you grieve. . . . I highly recommend this book. It's exceptionally well-written, with a gentleness and strength that supports those experiencing loss, as well as their friends and family members who wish to help, but need direction to do so."
Posted January 10, 2010
It's hard to know what to do when someone you care about loses someone they love. Often we do nothing because of the fear we'll do or say the wrong thing.
This book (and its previous edition) is a gentle, beautiful, safe and sensitive way to connect those you care about with those they've lost. "Good Grief, Healing Through the Shadow of Loss" transcends religion, and focuses on how those we love live on with us. At the same time, it respects the loss, and approaches with grace, its impact.
It's the friend we want to be, the one who knows the right words to speak at the right time, and when to let the silence of healing flow.
I try to keep a copy on hand, and replace it every time I need to give mine away.
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