Lead Me Home:: An African-American's Guide Through The Grief Journey

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When a loved one dies, we embark on a journey that is marked by anguish, confusion, fear, and loneliness. For African Americans, the grief journeys often includes more complicated and painful emotions: frustration with the knowledge that black men and women have a greater chance of dying from major common diseases than their white counterparts; anger at the frequency of drug- and violence-related deaths; and the collective grief of a community that has buried too many of its ...

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Overview

When a loved one dies, we embark on a journey that is marked by anguish, confusion, fear, and loneliness. For African Americans, the grief journeys often includes more complicated and painful emotions: frustration with the knowledge that black men and women have a greater chance of dying from major common diseases than their white counterparts; anger at the frequency of drug- and violence-related deaths; and the collective grief of a community that has buried too many of its young people.

In Lead Me Home, Carleen Brice gently guides you through the strange terrain of grief to the promise of home-a place where we have not only survived our losses, but are wiser and stronger because of them. She shares her personal story of loss and recovery, as well as the stories of others, so that you will know you are not alone. Here are practical tips for making difficult passage, as well as spiritual inspiration for helping you hang on until you make it to welcoming shores.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780380796083
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/9/1999
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.01 (w) x 7.03 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

Carleen Brice is a freelance writer who lives in Denver with her husband. Her mother died of breast cancer in 1992.

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Chapter One

Sorrow Like A Sea

Absorbing the Shock of Loss



We have come over a way that with tears
has been watered
We have come,
treading our path through the
blood of the slaughtered. . . .

"Lift Every Voice and Sing,"James Weldon Johnson

After the death of a loved one, we find ourselves in a place we do not know. Things are familiar, but deeply, irrevocably changed. our families, friends, neighbors and coworkers seem to be speaking a language we no longer understand- The whole world is off-kilter; we have no balance. We feet dizzy, dazed, numb and nauseous. We are set adrift in a sea of sorrow, no longer anchored by our loved one's presence.

This is the beginning of the grief journey. At first, we stagger along in shock: where are we? Row can this be happening? Then slowly, painfully we move into denial, guilt, anger, fear, anxiety and a host of other emotions. We don't experience these feelings in a neat pattern, they roar in and out like waves.

Everyone's journey is different. For some, grieving might be a swift and melancholy trip through sweet memories. Others may travel rough waters for years. We do survive our losses, but we never, ever get over

losing someone we love. Their loss is with us every day. The wound heals, but leaves a scar. A good friend of my mother's told me this and, because I knew instinctively that it was true, I trusted her advice and was able to hang on.

So trust me when I tell you that although you won't forget about your loss, and you won't "get over it," you will get through it. Hold that assurance in your heart as you embark on thefirst leg of your journey.

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