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"Grief: The Great Yearning by Pat Bertram is a book of empathic understanding. How many recently bereft have looked to society's guidelines for grieving and found these "norms" did not correspond to what ...
"Grief: The Great Yearning by Pat Bertram is a book of empathic understanding. How many recently bereft have looked to society's guidelines for grieving and found these "norms" did not correspond to what they were feeling? How many were left confused and even more depressed because they were not "progressing" like the experts said they should? Bertram's book is a comfort to those of us tossed into the grief whirlwind of disbelief and agony. The entire book is raw and real. Grief: The Great Yearning is a companion guide from someone who has already been there. It is a forever love letter."
-J J Dare, author of False Positive and False World.
"Grief: The Great Yearning by Pat Bertram is a wonderful tribute to Jeff (Bertram's deceased life mate/soul mate) and to Bertram's own stamina." -Malcolm R. Campbell, author of The Sun Singer and Sarabande
"Everyone needs to read Grief: A Great Yearning by Pat Bertram. It's the best grief book I've ever read, and I have read the Kübler-Ross books and The Year of Magical Thinking. Pat Bertram's book feels like what most of us would experience, makes me feel what she is feeling, and it's written from the inside out."
-Brenda Buckner Wallace, author of Brilliant Prey
"If people were to ask me for an example of how grief can be faced in order for the healthiest outcome, I would refer them to Grief: The Great Yearning, which should be the grief process bible. Pat Bertram's willingness to confront grief head on combined with her openness to change is the epitome of good mental health."
-Leesa Healy, Consultant in Emotional-Mental Health.
Posted April 4, 2014
When first reading it was painful, sometimes had to put down and walk away to compose myself, then as pages turned I realized that every word that Pat is writing is a mirror of how I am feeling.The letters she wrote her husband and the journals on her blog is just me.I told my Dr. that she has said the painful words for me. To know that someone else feels the exact same as yourself is amazing. I am sure there are many other women feeling the same but don't realize that the pain of loosing one's husband is so common. How could they be so similar? They are and I commend and thank her for writing what I myself felt, but couldn't say. I am buying for my children to help them know how I feel.I am hoping to find a similar book for my grieving children after loosing their father.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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