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ABC's of Grief

ABCs of Grief: A Handbook For Survivors - 


The ABC's of Grief: A Handbook for Survivors meets bereaved persons wherever they might be in the grieving process, providing snatches of meaning, hope, empathy, and understanding. This handbook is a product of the author's own grief experience. Confronting her loss, Christine Adams found that it was all right to grieve at her own pace: one day at a time, one thought, word, and letter at a time. The handbook's alphabetical format allows readers, or group leaders, to focus on any aspect of grief that suits them. If a reader becomes absorbed in "anger" or "anxiety," he or she can go back to reread those parts of the handbook and with each visit will find some new realization and meaning. Every section contains appropriate quotations, stories, and poems, written by survivors who found solace in writing. The information is useful at a time of grief, the encouragement by the author is soothing, and the poems and stories remind the reader that others have visited the same places in their grief process.


"ABC's of Grief: A Handbook for Survivors is Artistic, Basic, and Compassionate. Christine Adams offers a tool that will help readers organize the chaos of grief according to their needs. Her alphabetical collection of vignettes, poetry, and wisdom of the ages not only allows readers to select that which they need at any point along their journey, but also helps them name their experience. From A to Z, readers feel the embrace of others who have known the savage experience of loss and grief . . . and in that company is the beginning of healing." Kass Dotterweich, Author of Grieving As A Woman (Abbey Press. 1998)


NOTE From Author: Reaction to this book by those who have just lost a loved one has been very remarkable. I recommend this book without reservation- some people have carried it with them for comfort and consolation. Mrs. Tory Chance told me she still takes it to her church ---now several years after she suddenly lost her husband.


My husband and I have both returned to it in the face of loss.