Anxiety: The Missing Stage of Grief: A Revolutionary Approach to Understanding and Healing the Impact of Loss

Anxiety: The Missing Stage of Grief: A Revolutionary Approach to Understanding and Healing the Impact of Loss

by Claire Bidwell Smith


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A groundbreaking book exploring the little-known yet critical connections between anxiety and grief, with practical strategies for healing that follow the renowned Kübler-Ross stages model.

If you're suffering form anxiety but not sure why, or if you're struggling with loss and looking for solace, Anxiety: The Missing Stage of Grief offers help — and answers. Significant loss and unresolved grief are primary underpinnings of anxiety, something that grief expert Claire Bidwell Smith discovered in her own life and in her practice with her therapy clients.

Now, using research and real life stories, Smith breaks down the physiology of anxiety, giving you a concrete foundation of understanding in order to help you heal. Starting with the basics of What Is Anxiety? and What Is Grief? and moving to concrete approaches such as Making Amends, Taking Charge, and Retraining Your Brain, Anxiety takes a big step beyond Elisabeth Kübler-Ross's widely accepted five stages to unpack everything from our age-old fears about mortality to the bare vulnerability a loss can make us feel.

With concrete tools and coping strategies for panic attacks, getting a handle on anxious thoughts, and more, Smith bridges these two emotions in a way that is deeply empathetic and eminently practical.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738234779
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 09/25/2018
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 378,742
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Claire Bidwell Smith, LCPC, is a therapist specializing in grief and the author of two books of nonfiction. She holds a bachelor's degree from The New School University and a master's degree from Antioch University. Claire lives with her family in South Carolina.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 What Is Anxiety? 17

2 What Is Grief? 43

3 Understanding Your Story of Loss 67

4 Making Amends 85

5 Taking Charge 107

6 Taking Inventory 125

7 The Power of Writing 141

8 Retraining Your Brain 161

9 Being Present 181

10 Something to Believe In 199

11 Death Planning 221

12 Death Is Not the End of Love 235

Acknowledgments 241

Resources 243

References 247

Index 249

About the Author 261

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