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Based on her extensive work as a psychotherapist and a family systems researcher, as well as the loss of her then 22-year-old son, Dr. Becvar offers deep insights into the work of grieving. She says that, as a society, "We fear death, we deny death, and all too often we do anything we can to avoid getting too close to it until we are confronted with the loss of a loved one. Therefore, we find ourselves somewhat uncertain as we attempt to respond to the pain others may be suffering and we are utterly bereft when the pain is our own." Her work sheds light on how we can learn to walk with others down the difficult path of bereavement.
Illuminating the impact of loss and grief on our psychological and emotional lives, this book provides vital guidance to ease painful transitions and facilitate healing. The author emphasizes that dealing with the death of a loved one involves more than picking up the pieces and moving on: rather, healing is an ongoing journey on which grief is a constant companion. For those in a supportive role, the focus is on helping the bereaved to navigate the grieving process and, ultimately, to reclaim joy as well as sadness as an integral part of life. Filled with personal narratives and examples, the book demonstrates effective ways to help survivors cope with commonly experienced issues, problems, and concerns.
"All authors aspire to make an impact. A few succeed. Dorothy Becvar's work is an example of such an achievement. ...Clinicians will find many ideas that can be applied immediately in their day-to-day work with families and individuals. This book will help students at all levels understand the main issues of resolution and grief."
"This is an excellent resource for clinicians, pastors, grief counselors, professors, and anyone else concerned with caring for those who grieve. It is uniquely thorough and insightful, well written, and admirably humane in its tone."