List books in category Health, Mind & Body / Death, Grief, Bereavement

  • How to Die: An Ancient Guide to the End of Life

    How to Die: An Ancient Guide to the End of Life
    Seneca

    Timeless wisdom on death and dying from the celebrated Stoic philosopher Seneca"It takes an entire lifetime to learn how to die," wrote the Roman Stoic philosopher Seneca (c. 4 BC–65 AD). He counseled readers to "study death always," and took his own advice, returning to the subject again and again in all his writings, yet he never treated it in a complete work. How to Die gathers in one volume, for the first time, Seneca's remarkable meditations on death and dying. Edited and translated by James S. Romm, How to Die reveals a provocative thinker and dazzling writer who speaks with a startling frankness about the need to accept death or even, under certain conditions, to seek it out. Seneca believed that life is only a journey toward death and that one must rehearse for death throughout life. Here, he tells us how to practice for death, how to die well, and how to understand the role of a good death in a good life. He stresses the universality of death, its importance as life's final rite of passage, and its ability to liberate us from pain, slavery, or political oppression. Featuring beautifully rendered new translations, How to Die also includes an enlightening introduction, notes, the original Latin texts, and an epilogue presenting Tacitus's description of Seneca's grim suicide.

  • On Grief and Grieving: Finding the Meaning of Grief Through the Five Stages of Loss

    On Grief and Grieving: Finding the Meaning of Grief Through the Five Stages of Loss
    Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

    Shortly before her death in 2004, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross and David Kessler, her collaborator, completed the manuscript for this, her final book. On Grief and Grieving is a fitting completion to her work. Thirty-six years and sixteen books ago, Kübler-Ross's groundbreaking On Death and Dying changed the way we talk about the end of life. Now On Grief and Grieving will profoundly influence the way we experience the process of grief. On Death and Dying began as a theoretical book, an interdisciplinary study of our fear of death and our inevitable acceptance of it. It introduced the world to the now-famous five stages: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. On Grief and Grieving applies these stages to the process of grieving and weaves together theory, inspiration, and practical advice, all based on Kübler-Ross's and Kessler's professional and personal experiences, and is filled with brief, topic-driven stories. It includes sections on sadness, hauntings, dreams, coping, children, healing, isolation, and even the subject of sex during grief. "I know death is close," Kübler-Ross says at the end of the book, "but not quite yet. I lie here like so many people over the years, in a bed surrounded by flowers and looking out a big window….I now know that the purpose of my life is more than these stages….It is not just about the life lost but also the life lived." In one of their final writing sessions, Kübler-Ross told Kessler, "The last nine years have taught me patience, and the weaker and more bed-bound I become, the more I'm learning about receiving love." On Grief and Grieving is Elisabeth Kübler-Ross's final legacy, one that brings her life's work profoundly full circle.

  • The Art of Dying Well: A Practical Guide to a Good End of Life

    The Art of Dying Well: A Practical Guide to a Good End of Life
    Katy Butler

    A reassuring and thoroughly researched guide to maintaining a high quality of life—from resilient old age to the first inklings of a serious illness to the final breath—by the New York Times bestselling author of Knocking on Heaven’s Door.The Art of Dying Well is about living as well as possible for as long as possible and adapting successfully to change. Packed with extraordinarily helpful insights and inspiring true stories, award-winning journalist and prominent end-of-life speaker Katy Butler shows how to thrive in later life (even when coping with a chronic medical condition), how to get the best from our health system, and how to make your own “good death” more likely. This handbook of step by step preparations—practical, communal, physical, and sometimes spiritual—will help you make the most of your remaining time, be it decades, years, or months. Butler explains how to successfully age in place, why to pick a younger doctor and how to have an honest conversation with her, when not to call 911, and how to make your death a sacred rite of passage rather than a medical event. This down-to-earth manual for living, aging, and dying with meaning and even joy is based on Butler’s own experience caring for aging parents, as well as hundreds of interviews with people who have successfully navigated a fragmented health system and helped their loved ones have good deaths. It also draws on interviews with nationally recognized experts in family medicine, palliative care, geriatrics, oncology, hospice, and other medical specialties. Inspired by the medieval death manual Ars Moriendi, or the Art of Dying, The Art of Dying Well is the definitive update for our modern age, and illuminates the path to a better end of life.

  • You Can Heal Your Life: by Louise L. Hay | Summary & Analysis

    You Can Heal Your Life: by Louise L. Hay | Summary & Analysis
    Elite Summaries

    You Can Heal Your Life is a spiritual book written by Louise L. Hay, and published in 1984. In her book, L. Hay sends a general message to everybody that almost anything can be healed, if we are ready and willing to do the mental work. The author’s work in this book is impeccably awesome, the way she poured out her writing ability and experience of how she managed to get rid of cancer, simply by shaping her own thinking. Artist Joan Falquet diligently worked out to improve the quality of this book, when she republished it to incorporate clear, beautiful illustrations in full, the exact message of positive thought and self-love are made clear. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 10.0px 0.0px; text-align: justify; font: 11.0px 'Trebuchet MS'; color: #000000; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} This book is a timely message directed to all those who are mentally disturbed and demoralized by serious, chronic diseases like cancer. You Can Heal Your Life explains how several ailments are emotionally caused, and also explains the corresponding affirmation to help in treating and getting rid of the disease. This book greatly helps to turn lives around, to change depression into happiness, and to give a new hope to all those who think they have been overwhelmed by certain health conditions. Only those who are not interested in hearing the truth will neglect this book. The information contained in this book is a spiritual food to those affected by heath anomalies, to reassure them that they can, and will get rid of the situation. Buying this book simply means you are ready to feed yourself with the truth and cure your mind.

  • Life After Death: The Burden of Proof

    Life After Death: The Burden of Proof
    Deepak Chopra, M.D.

    Deepak Chopra has touched millions of readers by demystifying our deepest spiritual concerns while retaining their poetry and wonder. Now he turns to the most profound mystery: What happens after we die? Is this one question we were not meant to answer, a riddle whose solution the universe keeps to itself? Chopra tells us there is abundant evidence that “the world beyond” is not separated from this world by an impassable wall; in fact, a single reality embraces all worlds, all times and places. At the end of our lives we “cross over” into a new phase of the same soul journey we are on right this minute.In Life After Death, Chopra draws on cutting-edge scientific discoveries and the great wisdom traditions to provide a map of the afterlife. It’s a fascinating journey into many levels of consciousness. But far more important is his urgent message: Who you meet in the afterlife and what you experience there reflect your present beliefs, expectations, and level of awareness. In the here and now you can shape what happens after you die.By bringing the afterlife into the present moment, Life After Death opens up an immense new area of creativity. Ultimately there is no division between life and death—there is only one continuous creative project. Chopra invites us to become cocreators in this subtle realm, and as we come to understand the one reality, we shed our irrational fears and step into a numinous sense of wonder and personal power.

  • Chicken Soup for the Soul: Grieving and Recovery: 101 Inspirational and Comforting Stories about Surviving the Loss of a Loved One

    Chicken Soup for the Soul: Grieving and Recovery: 101 Inspirational and Comforting Stories about Surviving the Loss of a Loved One
    Jack Canfield

    Readers mourning the loss of a loved one will find solace and strength in these 101 emotional and inspiration stories from those who have gone through the grieving process. Chicken Soup for the Soul: Grieving and Recovery will help readers during this difficult time.Everyone grieves in their own way. While the hurt and sadness never completely fade, it eases with time. Contributors who have gone through the grieving and recovery process share their stories, offering guidance and support in this collection of personal and poignant stories. With its stories of regaining strength, appreciating life, coping, and faith, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Grieving and Recovery will ease the journey to healing.

  • What Happens When We Die: A Psychic s Exploration of Death, Heaven, and the Soul s Journey After Death

    What Happens When We Die: A Psychic’s Exploration of Death, Heaven, and the Soul’s Journey After Death
    Echo Bodine

    The success of mega-bestsellers like Proof of Heaven and 90 Minutes in Heaven shows that readers hunger for insight into what happens when we die. But can we know? Are there those who’ve been “there” and back? Echo Bodine is beloved for her down-to-earth wisdom on the decidedly out of this world. In these pages, she shares her lifetime of learning — and personal experience — about the above questions. She offers practical tools for being with the dying (including what not to do), for grieving (through the poignant experience of her own mother’s passing as Bodine was writing this book), and for cultivating clear and inspiring communication with the deceased. Learning what happens when we die turns out to be inspiring, reassuring, and profoundly life changing.

  • Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar

    Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar
    Cheryl Strayed

    This bestselling book from the author of Wild collects the best of The Rumpus's Dear Sugar advice columns plus never-before-published pieces. Rich with humor, insight, compassion—and absolute honesty—this book is a balm for everything life throws our way.Life can be hard: your lover cheats on you; you lose a family member; you can’t pay the bills—and it can be great: you’ve had the hottest sex of your life; you get that plum job; you muster the courage to write your novel. Sugar—the once-anonymous online columnist at The Rumpus, now revealed as Cheryl Strayed, author of the bestselling memoir Wild—is the person thousands turn to for advice.

  • The Grief Recovery Handbook, 20th Anniversary Expanded Edition: The Action Program for Moving Beyond Death, Divorce, and Other Losses including Health, Career, and Faith

    The Grief Recovery Handbook, 20th Anniversary Expanded Edition: The Action Program for Moving Beyond Death, Divorce, and Other Losses including Health, Career, and Faith
    John W. James

    Updated to commemorate its 20th anniversary, this classic resource further explores the effects of grief and sheds new light on how to begin to take effective actions to complete the grieving process and work towards recovery and happiness.Incomplete recovery from grief can have a lifelong negative effect on the capacity for happiness. Drawing from their own histories as well as from others', the authors illustrate how it is possible to recover from grief and regain energy and spontaneity. Based on a proven program, The Grief Recovery Handbook offers grievers the specific actions needed to move beyond loss. New material in this edition includes guidance for dealing with:· Loss of faith· Loss of career and financial issues· Loss of health· Growing up in an alcoholic or dysfunctional homeThe Grief Recovery Handbook is a groundbreaking, classic handbook that everyone should have in their library. “This book is required for all my classes. The more I use this book, the more I believe that unresolved grief is the major underlying issue in most people’s lives. It is the only work of its kind that I know of that outlines the problem and provides the solution.”—Bernard McGrane, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology, Chapman University

  • A Grief Like No Other: Surviving the Violent Death of Someone You Love

    A Grief Like No Other: Surviving the Violent Death of Someone You Love
    Kathleen O’Hara

    A Grief Like No Other is the book no one wants to ever have to buy; sadly, many people continue to need it. From 9/11 to Cindy Sheehan's son – from mass tragedies like the recent London bombings to Law and Order type crimes that make the news only to be replaced by another name. As such, more people are left with the aftermath of dealing with the violent death of a loved one. It brings its own special brand of grieving since victim's families can spend years dealing with legal ramifications, guilt, and a myriad of other circumstances that don't accompany "normal" deaths. Kathleen O'Hara knows both sides of this coin. As a therapist, she has counseled hundreds of people dealing with grief. As a mother, she saw her worst fears realized when her college-aged son was brutally murdered in 1999. In the aftermath of Aaron's murder, O'Hara developed the seven stage journey that is at the heart of A Grief Like No Other. Although this is a book for those left behind in the aftermath of violence, it offers concrete and practical steps and stages, allowing family and friends safe passage through this incredibly harrowing journey.

  • Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life s Greatest Lesson, 20th Anniversary Edition

    Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life’s Greatest Lesson, 20th Anniversary Edition
    Mitch Albom

    A special 20th anniversary edition of the beloved international bestseller that changed millions of livesMaybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher, or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, helped you see the world as a more profound place, gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it.For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly twenty years ago.Maybe, like Mitch, you lost track of this mentor as you made your way, and the insights faded, and the world seemed colder. Wouldn't you like to see that person again, ask the bigger questions that still haunt you, receive wisdom for your busy life today the way you once did when you were younger?Mitch Albom had that second chance. He reconnected with Morrie in the last months of the older man's life. Knowing he was dying, Morrie visited with Mitch in his study every Tuesday, just as they used to back in college. Their rekindled relationship turned into one final "class:" lessons in how to live.Tuesdays with Morrie is a magical chronicle of their time together, through which Mitch shares Morrie's lasting gift with the world.

  • I Wasn t Ready to Say Goodbye: Surviving, Coping and Healing After the Sudden Death of a Loved One

    I Wasn’t Ready to Say Goodbye: Surviving, Coping and Healing After the Sudden Death of a Loved One
    Brook Noel

    The grief books that just "gets it".Each year about eight million Americans suffer the unexpected death of a loved one. For those who face the challenges of sudden death, the classic guide I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye offers a comforting hand to hold, written by two authors who have experienced it firsthand.Acting as a touchstone of sanity through difficult times, this book covers such difficult topics as: The first few weeks Suicide Death of a Child Children and Grief Funerals and Rituals Physical effects Homicide DepressionFeatured on ABC World News, Fox and Friends and many other shows, this book has offered solace to over eight thousand people, ranging from seniors to teenagers and from the newly bereaved those who lost a loved one years ago. An exploration of unexpected death and its role in the cycle of live, I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye provides survivors with a rock-steady anchor from which to weather the storm of pain and begin to rebuild their lives.Praise for I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye:"I highly recommend this book, not only to the bereaved, but to friends and counselors as well."— Helen Fitzgerald, author of The Grieving Child, The Mourning Handbook, and The Grieving Teen"This book, by women who have done their homework on grief… can hold a hand and comfort a soul through grief's wilderness. Outstanding references of where to see other help."— George C. Kandle, Pastoral Psychologist"Finally, you have found a friend who can not only explain what has just occurred, but can take you by the hand and lead you to a place of healing and personal growth…this guide can help you survive and cope, but even more importantly… heal."— The Rebecca Review"For those dealing with the loss of a loved one, or for those who want to help someone who is, this is a highly recommended read."—Midwest Book Review

  • Handbook for Those Who Grieve: What You Should Know and What You Can Do during Times of Loss

    Handbook for Those Who Grieve: What You Should Know and What You Can Do during Times of Loss
    Martin M Auz

    • How can I best help someone who has lost a loved one? • How do I talk to a child about the death of a family member? • What do I need to think about before I plan a funeral? Confusion, bewilderment, and a lack of direction commonly surface in the aftermath of a death. It’s also the time when dealing with the issues and emotions of the experience can lead to making hasty or unwise decisions. In this revised edition of Handbook for Those Who Grieve, Martin M. Auz and Maureen Lyons Andrews offer concise, practical, topic-based lists and suggestions to help people immediately after a loss. Rather than philosophizing, theologizing, or rationalizing, the authors draw on their research and personal experiences to provide short but solid answers to help grieving people successfully deal with the countless issues and varied emotions that a person’s death is sure to thrust upon them.

  • Healing Trauma: A Pioneering Program for Restoring the Wisdom of Your Body

    Healing Trauma: A Pioneering Program for Restoring the Wisdom of Your Body
    Peter A. Levine

    Researchers have shown that survivors of accidents, disaster, and childhood trauma often en endure lifelong symptoms ranging from anxiety and depression to unexplained physical pain, fatigue, illness, and harmful "acting out" behaviors. Today, professionals and clients in both the bodywork and the psychotherapeutic fields nationwide are turning to Peter A. Levine's breakthrough Somatic Experiencing® methods to actively overcome these challenges. In Healing Trauma, Dr. Levine gives you the personal how-to guide for using the theory he first introduced in his highly acclaimed work Waking the Tiger. Join him to discover: how to develop body awareness to "renegotiate" and heal traumas by "revisiting" them rather than reliving them; emergency "first-aid" measures for times of distress; and nature's lessons for uncovering the physiological roots of your emotions." Trauma is a fact of life," teaches Peter Levine, "but it doesn't have to be a life sentence." Now, with one fully integrated self-healing tool, he shares his essential methods to address unexplained symptoms of trauma at their source—the body—to return us to the natural state in which we are meant to live in. Contents Introduction: A Tiger Shows the Way Chapter One: What is Trauma? Chapter Two: The Causes and Symptoms of Trauma Chapter Three: How Trauma Affects the Body Chapter Four: Twelve-Phase Healing Trauma Program: A Guide to the Audio Exercises Chapter Five: Sexual Trauma: Sexual Trauma: Healing the Sacred Wound Chapter Six: Spirituality and Trauma: Pathway to Awakening Helpful Tips and Techniques for Preventing Trauma Additional Resources About the Author About Sounds True Excerpt Trauma is the most avoided, ignored, denied, misunderstood, and untreated cause of human suffering. When I use the word trauma, I am talking here about the often debilitating symptoms that many people suffer from in the aftermath of perceived life-threatening or overwhelming experiences. Recently, trauma has been used as a buzzword to replace everyday stress, as in, “I had a traumatic day at work.” However, this use is completely misleading. While it is true that all traumatic events are stressful, all stressful events are not traumatic. Unique to Each Individual When it comes to trauma, no two people are exactly alike. What proves harmful over the long term to one person may be exhilarating to another. There are many factors involved in the wide range of response to threat. These responses depend upon genetic make-up, an individual’s history of trauma, even his or her family dynamics. It is vital that we appreciate these differences. Simply knowing that certain kinds of early childhood experiences can severely diminish our ability to cope and be present in the world may elicit compassion and support rather than harsh judgment, both for ourselves and for others. Perhaps the most important thing I have learned about trauma is that people, especially children, can be overwhelmed by what we usually think of as common everyday events. Until recently, our understanding of trauma was limited to “shell-shocked” soldiers who have been devastated by war, victims of severe abuse or violence, and those who have suffered catastrophic accidents and injuries. This narrow view could not be further from the truth. The fact is that, over time, a series of seemingly minor mishaps can have a damaging effect on a person. Trauma does not have to stem from a major catastrophe. Some common triggering events include: • Automobile accidents (even fender benders) • Routine invasive medical procedures • Loss of loved ones • Natural disasters, such as earthquakes and hurricanes Even falling off a bicycle can be overwhelming to a child under certain circumstances. We will discuss those circumstances later. For now, I will simply say that almost all of us have experienced some form of trauma, either directly or indirectly.

  • IGNITE YOUR MIND! (Inspire your life....Motivate yourself....Generate your inner power...): Leads you to find your lost self-esteem,self-confidence,self-discipline, self-control,energy,faith,happiness & success.

    IGNITE YOUR MIND! (Inspire your life….Motivate yourself….Generate your inner power…): Leads you to find your lost self-esteem,self-confidence,self-discipline, self-control,energy,faith,happiness & success.
    Birister Sharma

    Ignite your Mind…………Inspire your life…..Motivateyourself……Generate your inner power!Life is like a matchbox. Matchsticks are inside the box. If you want to illuminate your life, then you've to ignite yourself.In every juncture of life, there are many ups and downs. And every moment you need motivation and encouragement. It may be from yourself and from your dear ones. However, the question arises, how? If nobody is around you. Then, it’s only you to motivate and encourage yourself. Because, life is a lone journey. First think and then act. Always remember, that you’re the only one who can change yourself and nobody can change you. If you want to light the darkness of your life, then, ignite Your Mind!It's a collection of inspirational poems…..Highlights of the book:* This book is written in very simple poetic rhymes.* This book is to ignite your hidden potentials.* This book is to know your true-self.* This book will act as your true guide.* This book contains with moral, wisdom, thoughts and philosophies.* This book will teach you to learn everyday lessons of life.* This book will always guide you to your success path.* This book will help you to mould your habits and characters.* This book is for those who want to motivate and inspire themselves. .….***…..Extract from the book:What you want to do be? What you want to see? Everything depends upon your vision. Find out your reason. Every event of life is matters to you, And it asks you its demand, You must know the right command. Guide yourself in the wide direction, To succeed in your mission. Know your inner potential, which is unlimited, Don’t spend your life like a timid. Open your mind, which you keep lock, It’s time to unlock. Wash your unclean eyes, Wear out your old fashion, Try to be wise. Everything, which is unseen, Now, it is visible. It is your time to walk, To get your golden luck. Visualize your ideas to the world, So that you can shine like a diamond. ….***…..Contents of book:1. War2. Life is full of Mysteries3. Your vision4. Only you can change yourself!5. A Heart of Mine6. A Game7. Human's Life8. A Drama9. Plan10. Longevity11. Desire12. Mind13. Conscience14. Patience15. Thought16. Attitude17. Luck18. Golden Ray19. Respect20. Wicket Habit21. Anger22. Jealous23. Falsehood24. Insult25. Relationship26. Bad Memories27. Face28. Smile29. Shyness30. Not everything is for us31. The Right way32. Light33. Your Nature34. Meanings of Life35. Laziness36. Idle Mind37. Your Task!38. The Greatness39. Give and Take40. Experiences of Life41. Obstacles42. Virtues43. Inner-Self44. To Get Our Living45. Your Questions!46. Ask yourself47. Parts of our Life48. Failures49. Better Way50. Today and Yesterday51. If You Are……52. Silent Sleep53. Accept You!54. Disguise55. Your Fight56. Your Thoughts57. Think !58. Love59. Keep Busy!60. The Blowing Air61. Born and Die62. People63. Silent !64. Take Sometime65. Yourself66. The Blooming Flower67. I Thank You !68. You Can See………69. Love Yourself!70. Why Not You !71. You are born to be Wise!72. You’ve to Live Your Life73. You’re born as the Brave Soldier74. You’re the Master of Your Own75. Love is a Prayer76. The Law of Natural Ordination77. You will never regain it!78. In search of life79. Under Your Feet80. You’re a Great Soul81. Rub your tears82. You’re very special83. The Smiling Lady84. For Your Next Mission85. The Little Candle86. Never Forget87. Mirror88. Don’t Sit Down89. Love is Music90. The Flying Feather91. Hunger92. Like a Bicycle93. Like an Egg94. Agony of Life95. Wait for the Right Season96. A Blooming Flower97. Life is action and reaction98. Good Things will come to you99. Change Yourself100. Grow Your Life Everyday101. The Wandering Seed102. Live your Life103. Inspire104. Charms of LifeEvery day Motivation Follow @ https://www.instagram.com/birister/Motivate YourselfA Youtube Motivational [email protected] https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxWJytLZQm95o0OwwSuBpdw StudentViewPageOnline e-magazine for all…to improve your personal growth, personal development and self-motivation.Visit @ https://studentviewpage.blogspot.com/

  • Heaven is for Real Deluxe Edition: A Little Boy s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back

    Heaven is for Real Deluxe Edition: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back
    Todd Burpo

    #1 New York Times best-seller with more than 11 million copies sold and Amazon’s #17 best-selling book of all time. Heaven Is for Real was the best-selling non-fiction book of 2011 as reported by Nielsen’s Bookscan, and was developed as a major motion picture by Sony in 2014.“Do you remember the hospital, Colton?” Sonja said. “Yes, mommy, I remember,” he said. “That’s where the angels sang to me.”When Colton Burpo made it through an emergency appendectomy, his family was overjoyed at his miraculous survival. What they weren’t expecting, though, was the story that emerged in the months that followed—a story as beautiful as it was extraordinary, detailing their little boy’s trip to heaven and back.Colton, not yet four years old, told his parents he left his body during the surgery–and authenticated that claim by describing exactly what his parents were doing in another part of the hospital while he was being operated on. He talked of visiting heaven and relayed stories told to him by people he met there whom he had never met in life, sharing events that happened even before he was born. He also astonished his parents with descriptions and obscure details about heaven that matched the Bible exactly, though he had not yet learned to read.With disarming innocence and the plainspoken boldness of a child, Colton tells of meeting long-departed family members. He describes Jesus, the angels, how “really, really big” God is, and how much God loves us. Retold by his father, but using Colton’s uniquely simple words, Heaven Is for Real offers a glimpse of the world that awaits us, where as Colton says, “Nobody is old and nobody wears glasses.”Heaven Is for Real will forever change the way you think of eternity, offering the chance to see, and believe, like a child. Continue the Burpos story in Heaven Changes Everything: The Rest of Our Story. Heaven Is for Real also is available in Spanish, El cielo es real.

  • A Grief Observed

    A Grief Observed
    C. S. Lewis

    A classic work on grief, A Grief Observed is C.S. Lewis’s honest reflection on the fundamental issues of life, death, and faith in the midst of loss. Written after his wife’s tragic death as a way of surviving the “mad midnight moments,” A Grief Observed an unflinchingly truthful account of how loss can lead even a stalwart believer to lose all sense of meaning in the universe, and the inspirational tale of how he can possibly regain his bearings.

  • Dog Years: A Memoir

    Dog Years: A Memoir
    Mark Doty

    A Washington Post Book World Best Book of the YearWinner of the Israel Fishman-Stonewall Book Award for Nonfiction"Tender and amusing. . . . Doty brilliantly captures the qualities that make dogs endearing." — The New YorkerWhen Mark Doty decides to adopt a dog as a companion for his dying partner, he brings home Beau, a large, malnourished golden retriever in need of loving care. Joining Arden, the black retriever, to complete their family, Beau bounds back into life. Before long, the two dogs become Doty's intimate companions, and eventually the very life force that keeps him from abandoning all hope during the darkest days. Dog Years is a poignant, intimate memoir interwoven with profound reflections on our feelings for animals and the lessons they teach us about living, love, and loss.

  • Nothing to Be Frightened Of

    Nothing to Be Frightened Of
    Julian Barnes

    NATIONAL BESTSELLERA NEW YORK TIMES BEST BOOK OF THE YEARA memoir on mortality as only Julian Barnes can write it, one that touches on faith and science and family as well as a rich array of exemplary figures who over the centuries have confronted the same questions he now poses about the most basic fact of life: its inevitable extinction. If the fear of death is “the most rational thing in the world,” how does one contend with it? An atheist at twenty and an agnostic at sixty, Barnes looks into the various arguments for, against, and with God, and at his own bloodline, which has become, following his parents’ death, another realm of mystery.Deadly serious, masterfully playful, and surprisingly hilarious, Nothing to Be Frightened Of is a riveting display of how this supremely gifted writer goes about his business and a highly personal tour of the human condition and what might follow the final diagnosis.

  • Ghosts Among Us: Uncovering the Truth About the Other Side

    Ghosts Among Us: Uncovering the Truth About the Other Side
    James Van Praagh

    Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Ghosts, but Were Too Afraid to AskFrom a very young age James Van Praagh was aware of a dimension that most of us cannot see, and he has dedicated his life to explaining it to the rest of us. The New York Times bestseller Ghosts Among Us takes us on an incredible journey into the spirit world that brings to light one of our greatest mysteries—what happens to us after we die?

  • The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter

    The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter
    Margareta Magnusson

    A charming, practical, and unsentimental approach to putting a home in order while reflecting on the tiny joys that make up a long life.In Sweden there is a kind of decluttering called döstädning, dö meaning “death” and städning meaning “cleaning.” This surprising and invigorating process of clearing out unnecessary belongings can be undertaken at any age or life stage but should be done sooner than later, before others have to do it for you. In The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning, artist Margareta Magnusson, with Scandinavian humor and wisdom, instructs readers to embrace minimalism. Her radical and joyous method for putting things in order helps families broach sensitive conversations, and makes the process uplifting rather than overwhelming. Margareta suggests which possessions you can easily get rid of (unworn clothes, unwanted presents, more plates than you’d ever use) and which you might want to keep (photographs, love letters, a few of your children’s art projects). Digging into her late husband’s tool shed, and her own secret drawer of vices, Margareta introduces an element of fun to a potentially daunting task. Along the way readers get a glimpse into her life in Sweden, and also become more comfortable with the idea of letting go.

  • The Alchemy of Happiness

    The Alchemy of Happiness
    Al-Ghazzali

    The Alchemy of Happiness was written by Al-Ghazzali—a Persian theologian and philosopher. Upon its release, 'The Alchemy of Happiness' allowed Al Ghazzali to considerably reduce the tensions between the scholars and mystics. It thus offers many insights into traditional Muslim society.'The Alchemy of Happiness' emphasized the importance of observing the ritual requirements of Islam, the actions that would lead to salvation, and avoidance of sin. Ghazzali finally won acceptance for Sufism in Islam, and his methods of argument and analysis powerfully impressed the scholars of the West, who imitated him extensively.CONTENTS:Chapter 1 : The Knowledge of SelfChapter 2 : The Knowledge of GodChapter 3 : The Knowledge of this WorldChapter 4 : The Knowledge of the Next WorldChapter 5 : Concerning Music and Dancing as Aids to the Religious LifeChapter 6 : Concerning Self-Examination and the Recollection of GodChapter 7 : Marriage as a Help or Hindrance to the Religious LifeChapter 8 : The Love of God

  • What Does It Feel Like to Die?

    What Does It Feel Like to Die?
    Jennie Dear

    A compassionate, honest, and illuminating look at the dying process . . . As a long-time hospice volunteer, Jennie Dear has helped countless patients, families, and caregivers cope with the many challenges of the dying process. Inspired by her own personal journey with her mother’s long-term illness, Dear demystifies the experience of dying for everyone whose lives it touches. She spoke to doctors, nurses, and caregivers, as well as families, friends, and the patients themselves. The result is a brilliantly researched, eye-opening account that combines the latest medical findings with sensitive human insights to offer real emotional support and answers to some of the questions that affect us all. Does dying hurt?A frank discussion of whether dying has to be painful—and why it sometimes is even when treatment is readily available. Is there a better way to cope with dying?Comforting stories of people who found peace in the face of death , and some of the expert methods they used for getting there. The last few hours: What does it feel like to die?Powerful glimpses from dedicated professionals into the physical experiences of people in their final moments—plus comforting words and insights from those who are there to help.

  • From a Grieving Mother s Heart

    From a Grieving Mother’s Heart
    Terri Ann Leidich

    When Terri Ann Leidich's twenty-year-old son was suddenly killed in a vehicle accident, she was thrown into the roller coaster agony of grief. Adapted from the journal she kept through the experience of her horrendous loss, this book is a roadmap for parents who have lost children, as well as for those who are on the sidelines, watching the agony of someone they care about and not knowing what to do or how to help. Terri Ann's ability to put emotions and experiences into words that everyone can understand and relate to can shine as a beacon of hope and understanding during a time of excruciating pain.

  • Grief One Day at a Time: 365 Meditations to Help You Heal After Loss

    Grief One Day at a Time: 365 Meditations to Help You Heal After Loss
    Alan Wolfelt

    After a loved one dies, each day can be a struggle. But each day, you can also find comfort and understanding in this daily companion. With one brief entry for every day of the calendar year, this little book by beloved grief counselor Dr. Alan Wolfelt offers small, one-day-at-a-time doses of guidance and healing. Each entry includes an inspiring or soothing quote followed by a short discussion of the day's theme. This compassionate gem of a book will accompany you.

  • Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory

    Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory
    Caitlin Doughty

    "Morbid and illuminating" (Entertainment Weekly)—a young mortician goes behind the scenes of her curious profession. Armed with a degree in medieval history and a flair for the macabre, Caitlin Doughty took a job at a crematory and turned morbid curiosity into her life’s work. She cared for bodies of every color, shape, and affliction, and became an intrepid explorer in the world of the dead. In this best-selling memoir, brimming with gallows humor and vivid characters, she marvels at the gruesome history of undertaking and relates her unique coming-of-age story with bold curiosity and mordant wit. By turns hilarious, dark, and uplifting, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes reveals how the fear of dying warps our society and "will make you reconsider how our culture treats the dead" (San Francisco Chronicle).

  • I Hope My Voice Doesn t Skip

    I Hope My Voice Doesn’t Skip
    Alicia Cook

    The reader's experience with this unique collection is lifted from the page as Cook has collaborated with a number of up and coming musicians to transform some of her poetry into song. Like her debut book, this one is divided into two parts. Modeled after a vinyl record this time, the collection is separated into the EP record, holding Cook's shorter poetry, and the LP record, holding Cook's longer poetry, prose, and songwriting. Together, they form an inspiring collection for all those recovering from something.

  • Bearing the Unbearable: Love, Loss, and the Heartbreaking Path of Grief

    Bearing the Unbearable: Love, Loss, and the Heartbreaking Path of Grief
    Joanne Cacciatore

    If you love, you will grieve—and nothing is more mysteriously central to becoming fully human. A 2017 Indies Finalist from Foreword Reviews. When a loved one dies, the pain of loss can feel unbearable—especially in the case of a traumatizing death that leaves us shouting, “NO!” with every fiber of our body. The process of grieving can feel wild and nonlinear—and often lasts for much longer than other people, the nonbereaved, tell us it should. Organized into fifty-two short chapters, Bearing the Unbearable is a companion for life’s most difficult times, revealing how grief can open our hearts to connection, compassion, and the very essence of our shared humanity. Dr. Joanne Cacciatore—bereavement educator, researcher, Zen priest, and leading counselor in the field—accompanies us along the heartbreaking path of love, loss, and grief. Through moving stories of her encounters with grief over decades of supporting individuals, families, and communities—as well as her own experience with loss—Cacciatore opens a space to process, integrate, and deeply honor our grief. Not just for the bereaved, Bearing the Unbearable will be required reading for grief counselors, therapists and social workers, clergy of all varieties, educators, academics, and medical professionals. Organized into fifty-two accessible and stand-alone chapters, this book is also perfect for being read aloud in support groups.

  • Final Gifts: Understanding the Special Awareness, Needs, and Co

    Final Gifts: Understanding the Special Awareness, Needs, and Co
    Maggie Callanan

    In this moving and compassionate classic—now updated with new material from the authors—hospice nurses Maggie Callanan and Patricia Kelley share their intimate experiences with patients at the end of life, drawn from more than twenty years’ experience tending the terminally ill. Through their stories we come to appreciate the near-miraculous ways in which the dying communicate their needs, reveal their feelings, and even choreograph their own final moments; we also discover the gifts—of wisdom, faith, and love—that the dying leave for the living to share.Filled with practical advice on responding to the requests of the dying and helping them prepare emotionally and spiritually for death, Final Gifts shows how we can help the dying person live fully to the very end.

  • Dead People Suck: A Guide for Survivors of the Newly Departed

    Dead People Suck: A Guide for Survivors of the Newly Departed
    Laurie Kilmartin

    An honest, irreverent, laugh-out-loud guide to coping with death and dying from Emmy-nominated writer and New York Times bestselling co-author of Sh*tty Mom Laurie Kilmartin.Death is not for the faint of heart, and sometimes the best way to cope is through humor. No one knows this better than comedian Laurie Kilmartin. She made headlines by live-tweeting her father’s time in hospice and her grieving process after he passed, and channeled her experience into a comedy special, 45 Jokes About My Dead Dad. Dead People Suck is her hilarious guide to surviving (sometimes) death, dying, and grief without losing your mind. If you are old and about to die, sick and about to die, or with a loved one who is about to pass away or who has passed away, there’s something for you. With chapters like “Are You An Old Man With Daughters? Please Shred Your Porn,” “If Cancer was an STD, It Would Be Cured By Now,” and “Unsubscribing Your Dead Parent from Tea Party Emails,” Laurie Kilmartin guides you through some of life’s most complicated moments with equal parts heart and sarcasm.

  • Mysteries of the Afterlife: Exploring Its Amazing Secrets

    Mysteries of the Afterlife: Exploring Its Amazing Secrets
    Ron Jones

    Is there a more important topic than one's eternal destination? Pastor, church planter, and radio personality (more than 100 radio stations and expanding) Ron Jones believes the gravity of this topic deserves the utmost in both biblical accuracy and compassion. In Mysteries of the Afterlife he delivers a clearly written and compelling explanation of heaven, hell, and the afterlife. You'll find answers to questions such as: What happens 60 seconds after we die? Are heaven and hell real places? Is there a future resurrection and judgement? Are we reincarnated after death? Can we communicate with the dead? Are "near-death" experiences real? And the most important question of all–what is your eternal destiny? "Whether you realize it or not, your journey toward your final destination began the day you're born. And the beginning of your discovery of what lies beyond the grave starts right now."–Ron Jones

  • When God Doesn t Make Sense

    When God Doesn’t Make Sense
    James C. Dobson

    With more than one million copies sold, When God Doesn’t Make Sense is an immensely practical book for those who are struggling with trials and heartaches they can’t understand. Why does disease, natural disaster, divorce, rejection, death, or some other sorrow seep into our lives when we are trying to serve the Lord? It just doesn’t seem fair!This book deals unflinchingly with life’s most troubling question—“Why?” Drawing on his long experience as a Christian psychologist and family counselor, Dr. Dobson brings hope to those who have almost given up. When God Doesn’t Make Sense also helps believers avoid the “betrayal barrier”—the sense that God is abandoning them amid the storms of life. Now with a new foreword by R. T. Kendall.

  • Ashamed

    Ashamed
    Laura Walsh

    'At the lowest moment in my life, I stood at the gates of hell. I saw what it was like. I can never, ever go back there again.'When Laura Walsh walked into her four-month-old daughter's bedroom, she was confronted with a mother's worst nightmare. Her beautiful baby was dead in her cot. This tragedy marked the beginning of Laura's journey of self-destruction. She became addicted to painkillers and alcohol, her marriage failed and she lost her house and alienated her friends and family.Lying and stealing to acquire tablets and booze, Laura spent several desperate years in the wilderness, years in which her two remaining children had to watch their mum become a sordid shadow of the woman they loved. She was ashamed but unable to find the strength to fight back – until one Christmas when her addictions finally threatened to kill her.Ashamed is the inspirational account of how Laura found the strength to step back from hell, launch a successful business and become a mother to her children once again.

  • It s OK That You re Not OK: Meeting Grief and Loss in a Culture That Doesn t Understand

    It’s OK That You’re Not OK: Meeting Grief and Loss in a Culture That Doesn’t Understand
    Megan Devine

    Challenging conventional wisdom on grief, a pioneering therapist offers a new resource for those experiencing loss When a painful loss or life-shattering event upends your world, here is the first thing to know: there is nothing wrong with grief. “Grief is simply love in its most wild and painful form,” says Megan Devine. “It is a natural and sane response to loss.” So, why does our culture treat grief like a disease to be cured as quickly as possible? In It’s OK That You’re Not OK, Megan Devine offers a profound new approach to both the experience of grief and the way we try to help others who have endured tragedy. Having experienced grief from both sides—as both a therapist and as a woman who witnessed the accidental drowning of her beloved partner—Megan writes with deep insight about the unspoken truths of loss, love, and healing. She debunks the culturally prescribed goal of returning to a normal, “happy” life, replacing it with a far healthier middle path, one that invites us to build a life alongside grief rather than seeking to overcome it. In this compelling and heartful book, you’ll learn: • Why well-meaning advice, therapy, and spiritual wisdom so often end up making it harder for people in grief • How challenging the myths of grief—doing away with stages, timetables, and unrealistic ideals about how grief should unfold—allows us to accept grief as a mystery to be honored instead of a problem to solve • Practical guidance for managing stress, improving sleep, and decreasing anxiety without trying to “fix” your pain • How to help the people you love—with essays to teach us the best skills, checklists, and suggestions for supporting and comforting others through the grieving process Many people who have suffered a loss feel judged, dismissed, and misunderstood by a culture that wants to “solve” grief. Megan writes, “Grief no more needs a solution than love needs a solution.” Through stories, research, life tips, and creative and mindfulness-based practices, she offers a unique guide through an experience we all must face—in our personal lives, in the lives of those we love, and in the wider world. It’s OK That You’re Not OK is a book for grieving people, those who love them, and all those seeking to love themselves—and each other—better.

  • How to Stop the Pain

    How to Stop the Pain
    James B. Richards

    We all experience pain! Every day millions of people live in a world of heartache. We’re forced to smile and pretend that everything is all right. You’ve been wounded, and you just can’t seem to heal. You try to get on with your life, but you just can’t move on. You forgive, but you can’t forget! Every day exhumes the pain you try to bury. It cripples your relationships with people, God, and life itself. It destroys your ability to pursue your dreams. This paradigm-shattering book will free you from the forces that would turn you into a victim. It will lead you step-by-step through a simple process that will free you from the pain of the past and protect you from the pain of the future.Discover the emotional freedom that everyone wants but few experienceBreak the secret link to the pain of the pastIdentify the number one source of sufferingNever be hurt by another insultLearn the only biblical way to prevent painFree yourself from the need to judge othersExperience freedom from criticism

  • Unfinished Business: What the Dead Can Teach Us About Life

    Unfinished Business: What the Dead Can Teach Us About Life
    James Van Praagh

    “He helps a lot of people. He really is a healer. I think he’s basically on this earth right now at this time and place to heal. He is the real thing. I can’t tell you how many times he’s been right with me.” — Shirley MacLaine “It has such a hopeful message. Even though he’s telling stories of the dead, it’s really about living your life better and inspiring people to not have unfinished business.” — Jennifer Love Hewitt James Van Praagh, world-famous medium, co-executive producer of the primetime series Ghost Whisperer, and author of the New York Times bestseller Ghosts Among Us, is back with Unfinished Business. Fans of Sylvia Browne and John Edward will find this a useful and reassuring guide for the living… from those who have passed on.

  • The Hot Young Widows Club: Lessons on Survival from the Front Lines of Grief

    The Hot Young Widows Club: Lessons on Survival from the Front Lines of Grief
    Nora McInerny

    From the host of the popular podcast, Terrible, Thanks for Asking, comes a wise, humorous roadmap and caring resource for anyone going through the loss of a loved one—or even a difficult life moment.In the span of a few weeks, thirty-something Nora McInerny had a miscarriage, lost her father to cancer, and lost her husband due to a brain tumor. Her life fell apart. What Nora discovered during this dark time is that, when you’re in these hard moments, it can feel impossible to feel like even a shadow of the person you once were. People will give you all sorts of advice of how to hold onto your sanity and sense of self. But how exactly? How do you find that person again? Welcome to The Hot Young Widows Club, Nora’s response to the toughest questions about life’s biggest struggles. The Hot Young Widows Club isn’t just for people who have lost a spouse, but an essential tool for anyone who has gone through a major life struggle. Based on her own experiences and those of the listeners dedicated to her podcast, Terrible, Thanks for Asking, Nora offers wise, heartfelt, and often humorous advice to anyone navigating a painful period in their lives. Full of practical guidance, Nora also reminds us that it’s still okay to laugh, despite your deep grief. She explores how readers can educate the people around them on what to do, what to say, and how to best to lend their support. Ultimately, this book is a space for people to recognize that they aren’t alone, and to learn how to get through life’s hardest moments with grace and humor, and even hope.

  • Finding Peace When Your Heart Is In Pieces: A Step-by-Step Guide to the Other Side of Grief, Loss, and Pain

    Finding Peace When Your Heart Is In Pieces: A Step-by-Step Guide to the Other Side of Grief, Loss, and Pain
    Paul Coleman

    A sensitive approach to overcoming loss!Behind every tragedy and loss lies a tranquil reality just waiting to be found. Finding Peace When Your Heart Is in Pieces shows you how to use the Four Paths of Transformation–acceptance, inspiration, release, and compassion–to move past your suffering and discover inner peace. Author Paul Coleman, PsyD, guides you through every chapter with powerful exercises that help you evaluate your current emotional state and how the hardship has impacted your life. With his guidance and insight, you will learn how to transform your pain into positive thinking, find perspective through charitable acts, and hone in on what you need to do to step into a brighter future.Whether mourning the loss of a romance, health, a loved one, or coping with any of life's upheavals, Finding Peace When Your Heart Is in Pieces will help you overcome your pain and finally find peace within yourself.

  • Madeleine: Our daughter s disappearance and the continuing search for her

    Madeleine: Our daughter’s disappearance and the continuing search for her
    Kate McCann

    Kate McCann's personal account of the disappearance and continuing search for her daughter, revised and updated.'The decision to publish this book has been very difficult, and taken with heavy hearts … My reason for writing it is simple: to give an account of the truth … Writing this memoir has entailed recording some very personal, intimate and emotional aspects of our lives. Sharing these with strangers does not come easily to me, but if I hadn't done so I would not have felt the book gave as full a picture as it is possible for me to give. As with every action we have taken over the last five years, it ultimately boils down to whether what we are doing could help us to find Madeleine. When the answer to that question is yes, or even possibly, our family can cope with anything … Nothing is more important to us than finding our little girl.' — Kate McCann'A must-read' Sunday Express'Kate's book blazes with the sheer visceral force of her love for her daughter' Daily Mail'Deeply moving' Guardian

  • The Year of Magical Thinking

    The Year of Magical Thinking
    Joan Didion

    From one of America’s iconic writers, a stunning book of electric honesty and passion. Joan Didion explores an intensely personal yet universal experience: a portrait of a marriage–and a life, in good times and bad–that will speak to anyone who has ever loved a husband or wife or child.Several days before Christmas 2003, John Gregory Dunne and Joan Didion saw their only daughter, Quintana, fall ill with what seemed at first flu, then pneumonia, then complete septic shock. She was put into an induced coma and placed on life support. Days later–the night before New Year’s Eve–the Dunnes were just sitting down to dinner after visiting the hospital when John Gregory Dunne suffered a massive and fatal coronary. In a second, this close, symbiotic partnership of forty years was over. Four weeks later, their daughter pulled through. Two months after that, arriving at LAX, she collapsed and underwent six hours of brain surgery at UCLA Medical Center to relieve a massive hematoma.This powerful book is Didion’ s attempt to make sense of the “weeks and then months that cut loose any fixed idea I ever had about death, about illness . . . about marriage and children and memory . . . about the shallowness of sanity, about life itself.”

  • Advice for Future Corpses (and Those Who Love Them): A Practical Perspective on Death and Dying

    Advice for Future Corpses (and Those Who Love Them): A Practical Perspective on Death and Dying
    Sallie Tisdale

    A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK CRITICS’ TOP 10 BOOK OF THE YEAR “In its loving, fierce specificity, this book on how to die is also a blessedly saccharine-free guide for how to live” (The New York Times).Former NEA fellow and Pushcart Prize-winning writer Sallie Tisdale offers a lyrical, thought-provoking, yet practical perspective on death and dying in Advice for Future Corpses (and Those Who Love Them). Informed by her many years working as a nurse, with more than a decade in palliative care, Tisdale provides a frank, direct, and compassionate meditation on the inevitable. From the sublime (the faint sound of Mozart as you take your last breath) to the ridiculous (lessons on how to close the sagging jaw of a corpse), Tisdale leads us through the peaks and troughs of death with a calm, wise, and humorous hand. Advice for Future Corpses is more than a how-to manual or a spiritual bible: it is a graceful compilation of honest and intimate anecdotes based on the deaths Tisdale has witnessed in her work and life, as well as stories from cultures, traditions, and literature around the world. Tisdale explores all the heartbreaking, beautiful, terrifying, confusing, absurd, and even joyful experiences that accompany the work of dying, including: A Good Death: What does it mean to die “a good death”? Can there be more than one kind of good death? What can I do to make my death, or the deaths of my loved ones, good? Communication: What to say and not to say, what to ask, and when, from the dying, loved ones, doctors, and more. Last Months, Weeks, Days, and Hours: What you might expect, physically and emotionally, including the limitations, freedoms, pain, and joy of this unique time. Bodies: What happens to a body after death? What options are available to me after my death, and how do I choose—and make sure my wishes are followed? Grief: “Grief is the story that must be told over and over…Grief is the breath after the last one.” Beautifully written and compulsively readable, Advice for Future Corpses offers the resources and reassurance that we all need for planning the ends of our lives, and is essential reading for future corpses everywhere. “Sallie Tisdale’s elegantly understated new book pretends to be a user’s guide when in fact it’s a profound meditation” (David Shields, bestselling author of Reality Hunger).

  • We Don t Die: George Anderson s Conversations with the Other Side

    We Don’t Die: George Anderson’s Conversations with the Other Side
    Joel Martin

    This is the phenomenal true story of the world-renowned psychic medium George Anderson—the groundbreaking book that first brought afterlife experience into the light. For over 12 years Joel Martin documented evidence of Anderson's powers—the ability to reach 'the other side'—and repeatedly astonished believers and skeptics. This is the book of those universal visions, the inspiring messages of hope, truth, and peace, and a glimpse into eternity to answers to the unfathomable questions about life and death.

  • Recovering from Losses in Life

    Recovering from Losses in Life
    H. Norman Wright

    Life is marked by a variety of losses, says certified trauma specialist H. Norman Wright. Some are life-changing, such as leaving home, the effects of natural disasters or war, the death of a loved one, or divorce. Others are subtle, such as changing jobs, moving, or a broken friendship. But whether readers encounter family, personal, or community disaster, there is always potential for change, growth, new insight, understanding, and refinement. Writing from his own experience, Wright covers such issues as the meaning of grief, blaming God, and learning how to express and share in times of loss. Now repackaged and updated with additional material, Recovering from Losses in Life will help readers find hope in difficult times. Study questions included.

  • A Grace Disguised: How the Soul Grows through Loss

    A Grace Disguised: How the Soul Grows through Loss
    Jerry L. Sittser

    With vulnerability and honesty, Jerry Sittser walks through his own grief and loss to show that new life is possible – one marked by spiritual depth, joy, compassion, and a deeper appreciation of simple blessings.Loss came suddenly for Jerry Sittser. In an instant, a tragic car accident claimed three generations of his family: his mother, his wife, and his young daughter. While most of us will not experience such a catastrophic loss in our lifetime, all of us will taste it. And we can, if we choose, know the grace that transforms it.A Grace Disguised plumbs the depths of our sorrows, whether due to illness, divorce, or the loss of someone we love. The circumstances are not important; what we do with those circumstances is. In coming to the end of ourselves, we can come to the beginning of a new life.

  • Feeling Left Behind: Permission to Grieve

    Feeling Left Behind: Permission to Grieve
    Kim Murdock

    The grief that accompanies the loss of a loved one is crippling. In Feeling Left Behind, author Kim Murdock relates and empathizes with that pain because she’s been there. She knows what it feels like to be woefully blindsided by music or at the grocery store, to reconsider the future alone, and to connect with a person who is no longer alive. You will relate to her chapters as she describes:● The crushing desire to freeze time and isolate yourself● The unstable phase of “firsts”― first holidays, birthdays, anniversaries● The anger and sadness at seeing other couples● The loss of self, empathy, security, and tolerance● The heartbreaking sadness of getting rid of their belongings● And so much moreThis is not a step-by-step guide on how to grieve. Kim outlines every detail of her experience as well as the experiences of her widow/widower friends to show you that you are not alone. You are normal. And you deserve as much time as possible to figure out how to survive in your own way.

  • Confessions of a Mediocre Widow: Or, How I Lost My Husband and My Sanity

    Confessions of a Mediocre Widow: Or, How I Lost My Husband and My Sanity
    Catherine Tidd

    I spent my 11th wedding anniversary planning my husband's funeral. If I could just figure out how to make that rhyme, it would be the beginning of a great country song. Involuntarily single. That's the true story of where Catherine Tidd finds herself just three weeks after turning thirty-one. Widowed with three children under six years old, a rusty resume, no fix-it skills, and no clue how to live life as a widow, Catherine can't help but be a little exasperated with her dead husband for leaving her to deal with life on her own. Catherine's now in charge of her life in a way she never wanted to be, in a way that would have most of us reeling and numb. But she soon realizes that when you call the shots, you can make pedicures one of the stages of grief—and that moving forward might be more fun in a new sports car. Her honest Confessions of a Mediocre Widow is a glimpse into the heartbreaking and sometimes humorous world of a young woman who learns that it is possible to find joy in an unexpected life.

  • Empty Cradle, Broken Heart: Surviving the Death of Your Baby

    Empty Cradle, Broken Heart: Surviving the Death of Your Baby
    Deborah Davis

    The heartache of miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant death affects thousands of U.S. families every year. Empty Cradle, Broken Heart, Third Edition offers reassurance to parents who struggle with anger, guilt, and despair during and after such a tragedy. In this new and updated edition, Deborah Davis encourages grieving and strives to cover many different kinds of loss, including information on issues such as the death of one or more babies from a multiple birth, pregnancy interruption, and the questioning of aggressive medical intervention. There is also a special chapter for fathers as well as a chapter on "protective parenting" to help anxious parents enjoy their precious living children. Doctors, nurses, relatives, friends, and other support persons can gain special insight. Most importantly, parents facing the death of a baby will find necessary support in this gentle guide.

  • A Beginner s Guide to the End: Practical Advice for Living Life and Facing Death

    A Beginner’s Guide to the End: Practical Advice for Living Life and Facing Death
    BJ Miller

    The first ever practical, compassionate, and comprehensive guide to dying—and living fully until you do. “There is nothing wrong with you for dying,” palliative care doctor B.J. Miller and Shoshana Berger write in A Beginner’s Guide to the End. “Our ultimate purpose here isn’t so much to help you die as it is to free up as much life as possible until you do.” Theirs is a clear-eyed and big-hearted action plan for approaching the end of life, written to help readers feel more in control of an experience that so often seems anything but controllable. Their book offers everything from step-by-step instructions for how to do your paperwork and navigate the healthcare system to answers to questions you might be afraid to ask your doctor, like whether or not sex is still okay when you’re sick. You’ll be walked through how to break the news to your employer, whether to share old secrets with your family, how to face friends who might not be as empathetic as you’d hoped, and to how to talk to your children about your will. (Don’t worry: if anyone gets snippy, it’ll likely be their spouses, not them.) There are also lessons for survivors, like how to shut down a loved one’s social media accounts, clean out the house, and write a great eulogy. An honest, surprising, and detailed-oriented guide to the most universal of all experiences, A Beginner’s Guide to the End is the one book that everyone needs.

  • The Essential Guide to Grief and Grieving: An Understanding Guide to Coping with Loss . . . and Finding Hope and Meaning Beyond

    The Essential Guide to Grief and Grieving: An Understanding Guide to Coping with Loss . . . and Finding Hope and Meaning Beyond
    Debra Holland, MS, PhD

    Debra Holland, a psychotherapist and specialist in grief counseling, shares her indispensable knowledge in The Essential Guide to Grief and Grieving, tackling the difficult questions about how men and women, young and old, cope with loss. This accessible, inspiring, and insightful guide helps readers understand the various kinds and levels of grief, how people are trained to experience grief, the theories concerning the stages in the journey of grief, and ways to get through the pain and achieve some level of comfort. – Includes solid concrete advice to help the healing process.- Features dozens of real-life stories.- Helpful for those who counsel the grieving as well as those who've experienced loss.

  • All Things New: Heaven, Earth, and the Restoration of Everything You Love

    All Things New: Heaven, Earth, and the Restoration of Everything You Love
    John Eldredge

    New York Times bestselling author John Eldredge offers readers a breathtaking look into God’s promise for a new heaven and a new earth.This revolutionary book about our future is based on the simple idea that, according to the Bible, heaven is not our eternal home–the New Earth is. As Jesus says in the gospel of Matthew, the next chapter of our story begins with "the renewal of all things," by which he means the earth we love in all its beauty, our own selves, and the things that make for a rich life: music, art, food, laughter and all that we hold dear. Everything shall be renewed "when the world is made new."More than anything else, how you envision your future shapes your current experience. If you knew that God was going to restore your life and everything you love any day; if you believed a great and glorious goodness was coming to you–not in a vague heaven but right here on this earth–you would have a hope to see you through anything, an anchor for your soul, "an unbreakable spiritual lifeline, reaching past all appearances right to the very presence of God" (Hebrews 6:19).Most Christians (most people for that matter) fail to look forward to their future because their view of heaven is vague, religious, and frankly boring. Hope begins when we understand that for the believer nothing is lost. Heaven is not a life in the clouds; it is not endless harp-strumming or worship-singing. Rather, the life we long for, the paradise Adam and Eve knew, is precisely the life that is coming to us. And that life is coming soon.

  • The Healing I Took Birth For: Practicing the Art of Compassion

    The Healing I Took Birth For: Practicing the Art of Compassion
    Ondrea Levine

    For more than 32 years, Stephen and Ondrea Levine have provided emotional and spiritual support to those who face life-threatening illness and their caregivers; deeply affecting hundreds of thousands of people in the process. The Healing I Took Birth For, which was begun after Ondrea’s own medical prognosis that foretold the end of a lifetime of spiritual exploration, is the culmination of her work. Their collaboration, in the service of the dying, especially during the height of the AIDS epidemic, set them both more deeply on the path of compassion—compassion for self, for others, for all.The Healing I Took Birth For is the heartfelt sharing of Ondrea’s life of service and a deeply inspiring example of how one faces illness and great personal difficulties, with a deep spiritual practice and grace. It is the most “intimate collaboration” she and Stephen have worked on and it will inspire readers to find their own way toward living a life of compassion.

  • What Matters Most: The Get Your Shit Together Guide to Wills, Money, Insurance, and Life s What-ifs

    What Matters Most: The Get Your Shit Together Guide to Wills, Money, Insurance, and Life’s “What-ifs”
    Chanel Reynolds

    Founder of popular website Get Your Shit Together blends personal story and must-have advice in the ultimate guide to getting your affairs in order—from wills and advance directives to insurance, finances, and relationships—before the unthinkable happens.On July 17, 2009, Chanel Reynolds’ husband, José, was struck by a car while cycling near their home in Seattle. In the wake of her husband’s untimely death, Reynolds quickly realized that she was completely unprepared for what came next. What was the password to his phone? Did they sign their wills? How much insurance did they have? Could she afford the house? And what the hell was probate anyway? Simply put, when life went sideways she didn’t have her shit together.As it turns out, most of us don’t either. We’re too busy, in denial, overwhelmed by too much information, uncertain where to start, or just uncomfortable having those difficult conversations. Reynolds learned the hard way that hoping for the best is not a plan, but you don’t have to. Drawing on her first-hand experience, expert advice, and the unparalleled resources she’s compiled for her celebrated website, Reynolds lends a human voice to a warren of checklists and forms and emotional confusion, showing readers how to:Create a will and living willUpdate (or finally get) the right life insurance policyStart or grow an emergency fundMake a watertight emergency planKeep secure, up-to-date records of personal informationAuthoritative yet personal, grounded but irreverent, Reynolds’ voice carries readers through a tough subject with candor and compassion. Weaving personal story with hard-won wisdom, What Matters Most is the approachable, no-nonsense handbook we all need to living a life free of worry and "what ifs."

  • Getting to the Other Side of Grief: Overcoming the Loss of a Spouse

    Getting to the Other Side of Grief: Overcoming the Loss of a Spouse
    Susan J. R.N. Zonnebelt-Smeenge, Ed.D

    This sensitive and biblically oriented book offers a roadmap for bereaved spouses on the journey through grief to resolution. Excellent for pastors, too.

  • Saying Goodbye: A Guide to Coping with a Loved One s Terminal Illness

    Saying Goodbye: A Guide to Coping with a Loved One’s Terminal Illness
    Barbara Okun

    When someone you love receives a terminal diagnosis, the whole family is suddenly faced with a prolonged crisis. While medical advances have given us the gift of extending life, meaning that a loved one could survive months or even years before dying, it has also changed the way we grieve. Published in collaboration with Harvard Health Publications, Saying Goodbye guides you through this complex journey, offering hope and healing for those who may be "living with death" for an extended period of time.

  • What Should I Write? 101 Sympathy Sentiments for Greeting Cards

    What Should I Write? 101 Sympathy Sentiments for Greeting Cards
    Madeleine Mayfair

    Sympathy cards are hard. If you write the wrong thing, you run the risk of making the recipient feel even worse! If you freeze up every time you need to write something in a sympathy card, you are not alone. But what can you do to ensure your inscription is thoughtful and encouraging? Consult this book! It contains 101 unique sentiments you can write in sympathy cards for friends, family members, or co-workers. You’ll find everything from brief sentiments to personal expressions from the heart. This book also includes specialized wishes of hope after the passing of a beloved pet. If someone in your life has lost a loved one and you just can’t find the right words, it’s time to download this ebook! Kick your fear of “Blank Inside” cards to the curb. Or put your artistic skills to use and make your own! No need to worry about what you’ll write inside. You can provide thoughtful sentiments of sympathy with “What Should I Write? 101 Sympathy Sentiments for Greeting Cards.”

  • The Reality Of Loss

    The Reality Of Loss
    Joanne E. Sullivan

    The words that are the course of most relationships are: life, love, loss, healing, hope and happiness. Grieving is part of this process. We don’t get over grief, we get through it. The loss of a loved one becomes a part of who we are. We have to learn how to restructure our lives rather than retreat from life. This does not happen in six months or a year, it happens over a life time. It is a long continuum of joy and hardship. What attributes from our loved one will we now make a part of us? What lessons have been learned? How can we integrate these lessons and apply them to our everyday life? Remembering the humor, the love, the good times, as well as the difficult times, can help us through days when we are feeling a little lost. Often we edit our memories to provide us with the comfort or laughter that we need during this time. It is my wish that you will fi nd some healing, hope and happiness knowing that others have gone before you, not just surviving, but are able to have a producti ve life. Remember, life is for the living and now is a good ti me to start. Peace Joanne

  • The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

    The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
    Jean-Dominique Bauby

    In December 1995, Jean-Dominique Bauby, the 43-year-old editor of French Elle, suffered a massive stroke that left him permanently paralyzed, a victim of “locked in syndrome.” Once known for his gregariousness and wit, Bauby now finds himself imprisoned in an inert body, able to communicate only by blinking his left eye. The miracle is that in doing so he was able to compose this stunningly eloquent memoir.In a voice that is by turns wistful and mischievous, angry and sardonic, Bauby gives us a celebration of the liberating power of consciousness: what it is like to spend a day with his children, to imagine lying in bed beside his wife, to conjure up the flavor of delectable meals even as he is fed through at tube. Most of all, this triumphant book lets us witness an indomitable spirit and share in the pure joy of its own survival.

  • A Safe Place for Caleb: An Interactive Book for Kids, Teens and Adults with Issues of Attachment, Grief, Loss or Early Trauma

    A Safe Place for Caleb: An Interactive Book for Kids, Teens and Adults with Issues of Attachment, Grief, Loss or Early Trauma
    Paul J. Chara

    A Safe Place for Caleb is a comprehensive and richly illustrated resource for individuals of all ages who are dealing with attachment problems. Parents, professionals, and lay people will find this book helpful in understanding and addressing attachment disorders in children, adolescents, and adults.The first half of the book is an interactive story that follows the experiences of Caleb, a young boy who relates his difficulties and frustrations in forming and sustaining healthy relationships. He learns strategies for coping with attachment issues during his journey to the Safe Tree House, where he is introduced to the four "attachment healing keys". These act as therapeutic tools to unlock difficulties with attachment, and are presented using text and illustrations that are easily accessible for readers of all ages, even for young children.The second half of the book presents a summary of current scientific thought on attachment styles and disorders, and provides a wide array of assessment tools, photocopiable material and healing techniques to address attachment difficulties. Lists of helpful organizations and relevant reading materials are also presented.Based on established psychological principles, the book is a unique and imaginative guide for professionals, parents, caregivers, and people of all ages who are dealing with attachment issues.