Life after Loss: A Practical Guide to Renewing Your Life after Experiencing Major Loss

Life after Loss: A Practical Guide to Renewing Your Life after Experiencing Major Loss

by Bob Deits

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"One of the classics in the field of crisis intervention" (Dr. Earl Grollman), Life after Loss is the go-to resource for anyone who has suffered a significant life change. Loss can be overwhelming, and recovery often seems daunting, if not impossible. With great compassion and insight, Deits provides practical exercises for navigating the uncertain terrain of loss and grief, helping readers find positive ways to put together a life that is necessarily different, but equally meaningful. With two new chapters and significant changes throughout reflecting Deits's ongoing experience in counseling, Life after Loss is an essential "roadmap for those in grief" (Lawrence J. Lincoln, MD, Staff, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Center).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738219615
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 05/02/2017
Edition description: 6th Revised ed.
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 127,638
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Bob Deits, B.A. in Psychology and M.Th. in Pastoral Psychology, has been involved in pastoral counseling for nearly three decades, has conducted grief support groups since 1982, and lectures extensively. He lives in Mesa, Arizona.


Table of Contents

Introduction xi

1 Loss and the Mourning After: A Universal Human Experience 1

2 First Responses to a Major Loss: When Your Worst Fears Become Real 13

3 Sudden Loss or Prolonged Loss: There Is No Easy Way 35

4 Recovering Your Balance: Creating a New Normal Experience 51

5 Perception: The Key to Healing 63

6 Steps to Recovery: A Common Path to Wholeness 77

7 The Inward Search: Grief Is a Personal Experience 93

8 Four Key Facts about Grief: Building a Foundation for Recovery 101

9 Start Now!: Today Is a Better Day to Begin than Tomorrow 117

10 Grief and Growth: Growing through Loss 129

11 A Test of Endurance: Life after Loss Takes Determination and Time 139

12 Beliefs that Help or Hurt: The Use and Abuse of Religion 147

13 Quiet Losses: Private Struggles Grieved in Silence 167

14 Children and Grief: it's a Big Hurt for Little People, Too 183

15 Losses in Later Life: Tarnish on the Golden Years 195

16 Making New Discoveries: Beginning with Loss-Ending with Life 205

17 Significant Points along the Way: Mileposts on the Road to Recovery 215

18 Choosing to Live Again: Ways to Take Charge of Your Own Grief 225

19 Opening New Doors: Decisions that Make a Difference 243

20 Your Own Best Friend: Completing the Journey 263

21 Preparing for Loss: A New Dimension in Wholeness 277

Appendix A Words that Describe Feelings 285

Appendix B Forming a Support Group 289

Notes 303

Acknowledgments 305

Index 307

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