Stunned by Grief: Remapping Your Life When Loss Changes Everything

Stunned by Grief: Remapping Your Life When Loss Changes Everything

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by Judy Brizendine
     
 

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A highly focused, conversational book that cuts through the clutter and zeroes in on flashpoint issues critical to a griever's healing, the approach to grief presented here is revealing, practical, and down-to-earth. Designed for anyone struggling with death-or any of life's tragic losses-it features straight talk from people who have been through similar situations,…  See more details below

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A highly focused, conversational book that cuts through the clutter and zeroes in on flashpoint issues critical to a griever's healing, the approach to grief presented here is revealing, practical, and down-to-earth. Designed for anyone struggling with death-or any of life's tragic losses-it features straight talk from people who have been through similar situations, focusing on what to expect and how to thrive again. Tools, tips, and strategies abound to help enhance healing and life remapping. Grievers will come to realize they are not alone and, in the process, discover hope by connecting with the experiences of others.

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"...A fellow traveler's down-to-earth approach to grief...This book will comfort and support anyone new to grief and will serve as a companion in times of loneliness. Realistic, practical, and highly recommended."  —Library Journal

“Will bring purpose and direction to the painful grief process from someone who's been there: It will meet you right where you are.”  —Darrell and Stevie Waltrip, founders, Motor Racing Outreach

“From loss to renewal, Stunned by Grief provides clear, inspirational steps to manage the death of a loved one. Everyone, from military spouse to parents and friends, will find calm, steady guidance that resonates. Definitely a book worth reading.”  —Scott Rutter, LTC, U.S. Army, Ret., and national spokesman, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)

“Life is about the never-ending beginnings we all experience through loss and change. The courageous re-create themselves and their lives and enter love's service because of their wounds. Read and learn from Judy's experience.”  —Bernie Siegel, MD, author, 365 Prescriptions for the Soul and Prescriptions for Living

“This book is a true gem and a must read for anyone who has experienced the grief of a close personal loss. The author opens her heart, mind, and, most importantly, her soul to examine the devastation of her husband's death and her ultimate triumph through her faith in God. She is painfully honest, open, and extremely uplifting in her writing.”  —Gary L. Malone, MD, author, Five Keys for Understanding Men: A Woman's Guide

“More than just answers, Judy Brizendine will 'red dot' your heart's location and give you a clear sense of direction and renewed destiny.”  —Phil Munsey, founding pastor, Life Church, and author, Legacy Now: Why Everything about You Matters

“Out of her tears and personal grief, Judy Brizendine has created a warm and sensitive message that is filled with great wisdom, practical help—and a pathway of hope for the future. Make this book a gift to every person you know who is in the midst of grief.”  —Paul A. Eshleman, vice president, Campus Crusade for Christ, International

Stunned by Grief describes perfectly what I have witnessed and experienced when someone dearly loved dies…Judy has opened her life to us all and her transparency provides insights and direction that will stir new hope and encourage and inspire you to move forward.”  —Billy E. Mauldin, Jr., president and chief executive officer, Motor Racing Outreach

Library Journal
Brizendine's description of her book as a fellow traveler's down-to-earth approach to grief is apt. A former market analyst and interior designer, she found her world turned upside down when her husband died. She uses her own experience combined with the advice of psychologists, grief counselors, the Bible, and fellow mourners to provide a sort of roadmap for the unwelcome journey of grief. In bite-size pieces, she covers the progression of grief, the intrinsic anger and guilt felt in the process, and the possibility of dealing with and planning a new future. She observes that grief changes people and that it will not just go away—time does not heal all wounds. This book will comfort and support anyone new to grief and will serve as a companion in times of loneliness. Realistic, practical, and highly recommended.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780983168836
Publisher:
BennettKnepp Publishing
Publication date:
10/15/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
296
Sales rank:
262,847
File size:
565 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Judy Brizendine is a business professional whose life radically changed course after the tragic, sudden death of her husband. That experience, along with facilitating grief-support workshops, helped her define a new, practical, and personal approach to grief. She lives in Lake Forest, California.

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STUNNED by Grief: Remapping Your Life When Loss Changes Everything 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Christine Nguyen for Readers' Favorite "Stunned by Grief" is a self-help book written not by an expert, but by a so-called grief traveler who has experience with her husband tragically dying unexpectedly of a heart attack. The book is split into various parts so that the reader has many options: reading it chapter by chapter, going to the chapter/section that they want, or going back and forth. After every chapter there is a “Thought to Write About” section and “Hope Thought,” which helps the grievers answer hard questions in a journal and to be inspired by many quotes. The book is also full of very useful quotes from the Bible, quotes from other authors, poems, other grievers' own grief accounts/stories, and the author’s own personal journey. Author Judy Brizendine writes a very comprehensive, thorough book about grief through her own struggles with going through the grief process. It is written with empathy, compassion, a deep insightfulness, and deep religious beliefs about God. Even if you are not religious, this book can really help grief travelers go through each step of their recovery process. I chose this book to help better understand my cousin’s journey through grief as her father passed away last year – and it really helped me to get a glimpse into this difficult journey. It also provided tools to help her through this difficult time. Only someone going through grief can fully comprehend the full magnitude of its deep pain, but this is a wonderful resource to have with you at all times through the grief process. I would highly recommend it to anyone going through this difficult time as the advice is straight forward and offers a light at the end of the tunnel. Exceptionally well-organized and helpful! A MUST HAVE!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really appreciated this book as a way to get through loss. In one year, I lost a close friend to death, and then a spouse to divorce. This book gave me some great tools to dealing with these life-shaking change. It also shed some great light of understanding on my grief and recovery. Thanks so much for this book Judy Brizendine. Was a very helpful read!