Offering timeless wisdom for all who've lost somebody or something they love, Westberg guides us through 10 stages of grief: shock, emotion, depression, physical distress, panic, guilt, anger, resistance, hope, and finally, acceptance. His gentle concern and acute insight will help you follow a path through small losses and overwhelming experiences. Includes journaling space. 64 pages, softcover from Augsburg/Fortress.
Granger E. Westberg was a widely respected pioneer in holistic healthcare and the interrelationship of religion and medicine. He held a joint professorship in medicine and religion at the University of Chicago and a professorship in preventative medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. Westberg was also the founder of the parish nurse program, now an international movement, and authored The Parish Nurse.
I just finished re-reading this gem. It is immediately clear why it has been and will continue to be a best-seller. It is written with the heart of a pastor, the insight of a psychologist, the humanity of a father and husband, and the hope of someone who has seen many survive the process of grieving. It is simple but not simplistic. It is profound but not professorial. Most importantly, it describes the pathway through grieving that can only be found through honesty. In my opinion, this is a book that should quickly be in the hands of anyone grieving for any reason.
--Dr. Timothy Johnson, M.D.