The grief recovery handbook: a must have resource for addressing loss

Last year, The Grief Recovery Handbook by John W. James and Russell Friedman came into my life in a round about way. I kept hearing it mentioned by colleagues and patients but thought nothing of it.  Then it was given to me at the most opportune time and I realized the universe was telling me it was time to read it.

The authors candidly talk about all the maladaptive ways we deal with our grief such as avoidance, replacing it with something new, focusing our energy on others or our work, and engaging in addictive behaviours such as shopping, eating, drinking. I thought, ‘I’ve done all of this and seen my patients coping with their grief in the same way!.”

The book then goes on to take you step by step through a specific method for recovering from grief and moving beyond your losses.  Personally, it helped me move through the loss of a long term relationship and move forward into a healthy new one.

I now recommend this book to anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one, a beloved pet, loss of a relationship, loss of a job or loss of health.  These situations require you to address and work through your emotions so you can move forward to a positive place.  It doesn’t mean your experience of grief is belittled or forgotten, it means it is honoured and taken as a learning experience so you can grow into the person you aspire to be, your best self.

To learn more check out the Grief Recovery Method website!

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