Good Grief: A Companion for Every Loss

Good Grief: A Companion for Every Loss

by Granger Westberg

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Overview

Timeless wisdom for all who grieve

For more than fifty years Good Grief has helped millions of readers, including NFL players and a former first lady, find comfort and rediscover hope after loss. This classic text includes a foreword by Dr. Timothy Johnson, a leading communicator of medical health care information. An afterword by the author's daughters tells how the book came to be.

Good Grief identifies ten stages of grief--shock, emotion, depression, physical distress, panic, guilt, anger, resistance, hope, and acceptance--but, recognizing that grief is complex and deeply personal, defines no "right" way to grieve.

Good Grief offers valuable insights on the emotional and physical responses persons may experience during the natural process of grieving. Reflection questions help readers explore their own experience with each stage.

Whether mourning the death of a loved one, the end of a marriage, the loss of a job, or other difficult life changes, Good Grief is a proven steady companion in times of loss.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506454474
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 02/01/2019
Series: Good Grief Series
Pages: 80
Sales rank: 286,263
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.30(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Granger E. Westberg was a widely respected pioneer in holistic healthcare and the interrelationship of religion and medicine, and founder of the parish nurse program.

Table of Contents

Stage One
We Are in a State of Shock

Stage Two
We Express Emotion

Stage Three
We Feel Depressed and Very Lonely

Stage Four
We May Experience Physical Symptoms of Distress

Stage Five
We May Become Panicky

Stage Six
We Feel a Sense of Guilt about the Loss

Stage Seven
We Are Filled with Anger and Resentment

Stage Eight
We Resist Returning

Stage Nine
Gradually Hope Comes Through

Stage Ten
We Struggle to Affirm Reality

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Good Grief 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good friend of mine whose husband is a retired grief counselor, recommended the book. I recently lost one of my dearest sisters who I loved like a mother. I have been very distressed about it. I bough the book to read it electronically, but after reading art of it , I realized I would love to have tangible. I think it is a wonderful way to learn that there is no one perfect way to grieve. I can identify with many of the ways the book talks about.
Kratz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Good Grief identifies ten stages of grief--shock, emotion, depression, physical distress, panic, guilt, anger, resistance, hope, and acceptance yet provides no rationale or fixed referent point for the relief of grief.
marylangerthompson More than 1 year ago
I found this gem of a book in a hospital gift shop and thought of several of my friends and myself who have recently experienced a loss or losses. The shopkeeper said she knew of someone who bought them in bulk for her church grief group. The book even helped Mamie Eisenhower after the death of her husband Ike. The Foreword explains the title of the book. Grief is not defined as simply the death of a person. People can grieve over divorce, moves, job loss. Westberg explains how the idea of stages of grief was first suggested by Dr. Erich Lindemann of Harvard and not Kubler-Ross as I had thought. According to Lindemann there are 10 stages of grief, from a state of shock to affirming reality. Not only does the author explain the manifestations of grief, but also how to be a friend to the grief-stricken. This would be a wonderful gift for anyone experiencing a loss and one to keep on a shelf for reference.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has been read by many over the years for a reason - it is a quick read, but covers the topic well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even though I'm a retired pastor (after over 41 years of ministry) and police chaplain (after 25 years), I recently ordered five copies of Good Grief and sent one of them to a person that had just lost her mother and was having difficulty coping with her grief. During my years of active ministry, I gave away dozens of copies of this helpful book. It's a short, simple, non-sectarian explanation of the kinds of emotions and reactions people can expect to have while dealing with the loss of a loved one or close friend. Among other things, it helps readers understand that their emotions are, in most cases, normal and not a sign they are losing their mind.
JoeBruin More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent primer for one dealing with grief. We have been using it for the past several years in the grieving class at our church. It is a quick read and stimulates conversation.
Walter66WLR More than 1 year ago
I have been purchasing this little book for twenty years...An excellent source of comfort for friends & family who are grieving from loss.
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