"We lost our beautiful daughter, Amber LeAnn, two years ago. She drowned in the pool during the Easter egg hunt. There were a lot of kids over and no one realized she was missing until it was too late."
"My son Colin died of an accidental prescription drug overdose and I am so lost without him. Please, is there anything you can do to help me with this terrible pain?"
"My Mom committed suicide two years ago. I have never cried about this. Is there something wrong with me?"
WHAT'S IN THE BOOK? Back to Life is a comprehensive, quality bereavement handbook. It consists of 73 pages that explore many aspects of grief in detail. There are 19 chapters or "lessons", each addressing a different aspect of grief, a coping skill or a strategy for emotional survival:
Chapter 9. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly- It's normal in grief to glorify your lost beloved. Learn why it is important later to explore the negatives, and an easy exercise to help you do so. Chapter 10. Uh oh, Christmas is Coming... A recurrent theme we hear over and over.... how hard it is to deal with holidays and anniversaries. This chapter provides great strategies to help make those special days more bearable, even enjoyable. Chapter 11. So What's to Laugh About? Laugh? I can't even smile! How to find glimmers of happiness to help you through the dark times. Chapter 12. Don't grieve alone- No one you can rely on? How to ask for the help you need; and a special group of folks who "get it". Chapter 13. Everyone needs a little help sometimes- Some special sources of help you might not have thought about... Chapter 14. What silver lining? Learn which decisions to avoid for now, and for how long. Finding meaning in the death. And a little soul searching will help you realize the positives in your new life.
Chapter 15. Saying Goodbye- It is healthy late in bereavement to say goodbye to your lost one; to relinquish some of the grief. Here we teach you an easy but effective way to bid farewell. Chapter 16. Box Up the Grief- At some point you'll realize you need to "compartmentalize" your grief, ease it into the background so you can cope long-term. Learn simple mental and physical techniques to help achieve this goal. Chapter 17. A New Beginning- All about new relationships, new interests, and a new outlook on life. Chapter 18. Break the Vicious Cycle- Feel stuck in your bereavement? Tired of grieving? Ready to reclaim your freedom? Time for the big guns! Chapter 18 teaches you some very effective imagery techniques to help you take charge of your life and direct your own future. Chapter 19. The End of Grief (Resolution)- How do you know when you are finished grieving? Signs of the resolution of grief; some helpful insights from the author.
Heartbroken from grief... Back to Life is available in two forms: a printable...