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I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye: Surviving, Coping and Healing After the Sudden Death of a Loved One
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The most helpful grief book to read when you're ready to start healing after the loss of a loved one.

Discover the transformative power of healing and hope with this top-rated grief book and compassionate guide for those navigating the challenging journey of grief and loss.

Written with profound wisdom and heartfelt empathy, I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye gently walks readers through the stages of grief, providing practical tools and empowering strategies to cope with the pain and confusion that accompany the loss of a loved one. 

Whether you've experienced the recent passing of a family member, friend, or even a pet, this book offers solace and guidance to help you navigate your unique grieving process.

Features include:

  • Practical Guidance: Learn effective coping strategies and practical tools to navigate the grieving process.
  • Empathy and Understanding: Feel understood and supported through heartfelt anecdotes and relatable experiences.
  • Personal Growth: Find solace and meaning in your grief journey as you embark on a path of healing and personal growth.
  • Comprehensive Resource: Access a comprehensive guide that addresses various aspects of grief, including anticipatory grief, sudden loss, and long-term complicated grief.
  • Hope and Inspiration: Embrace a message of hope and inspiration, knowing that healing is possible even in the face of profound loss.
  • Whether you are at the beginning of your grief journey or further along the path, this book will help you find the strength to heal, honor your loved one's memory, and rediscover joy and purpose in your life.

    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

    Named a Best Book on Losing a Parent for 2022 by Choosing Therapy.

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    Discover the transformative power of healing and hope with this top-rated grief book and compassionate guide for those navigating the challenging journey of grief and loss.

    Written with profound wisdom and heartfelt empathy, I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye gently walks readers through the stages of grief, providing practical tools and empowering strategies to cope with the pain and confusion that accompany the loss of a loved one. 

    Whether you've experienced the recent passing of a family member, friend, or even a pet, this book offers solace and guidance to help you navigate your unique grieving process.

    Features include:

  • Practical Guidance: Learn effective coping strategies and practical tools to navigate the grieving process.
  • Empathy and Understanding: Feel understood and supported through heartfelt anecdotes and relatable experiences.
  • Personal Growth: Find solace and meaning in your grief journey as you embark on a path of healing and personal growth.
  • Comprehensive Resource: Access a comprehensive guide that addresses various aspects of grief, including anticipatory grief, sudden loss, and long-term complicated grief.
  • Hope and Inspiration: Embrace a message of hope and inspiration, knowing that healing is possible even in the face of profound loss.
  • Whether you are at the beginning of your grief journey or further along the path, this book will help you find the strength to heal, honor your loved one's memory, and rediscover joy and purpose in your life.

    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

    Named a Best Book on Losing a Parent for 2022 by Choosing Therapy.

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    Written with profound wisdom and heartfelt empathy, I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye gently walks readers through the stages of grief, providing practical tools and empowering strategies to cope with the pain and confusion that accompany the loss of a loved one. 

    Whether you've experienced the recent passing of a family member, friend, or even a pet, this book offers solace and guidance to help you navigate your unique grieving process.

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    Introduction

    Part One: An Unfamiliar World: The Journey into Grief
    Chapter One: The Starting Point: Notes from the Austhors
    Pam's Story
    Brook's Story
    Sudden Loss Comes Again

    Chapter Two: Notes for the First Few Weeks
    Treat Yourself as if You Were in Intensive Care
    Expect to Be Distracted
    Have Someone Near You
    Accept the Help of Friends
    Caring for Your Children
    Someone to Take Calls and Check Email
    Seek Assistance with Final Arrangements
    Don't Worry about Contacting People
    Let Your Body Lead You
    Religious Traditions
    Wills and Arrangements
    Cultural Differences
    Going Back to Work
    Grief Sessions
    A Guide for Those Helping Others with Grief

    Chapter Three: Understanding the Emotional and Physical Effects of Grief
    Exhaustion
    Days of Distraction
    Denying Our New Reality
    Anger . . . a Normal Response
    Grief Knows No Schedule
    Physical Symptoms
    Emotional Ambushes
    Grief and Dreams
    If You Don't Dream
    If You Do Dream
    Important Things to Remember on the Pathway
    Feeling the Presence of the Deceased
    When You Don't Feel the Presence of the Deceased
    Communicating with Your Loved One (and If You Haven't)
    The World Becomes Dreamlike
    A Time to Withdraw
    Hurtful Self-talk
    Impulsive Living
    Instant Replays and Obsessive Thoughts
    The "If Only" Mind Game
    Fear

    Chapter Four: Myths and Misunderstandings of the Grieving Process
    Myth #1: Death is death, sudden or long-term, and we all grieve the same way
    Myth #2: By keeping busy I can lessen or eliminate my grief.
    Myth #3: I must be going crazy or "losing it."
    Myth #4: I will need to make sure I don't grieve for too long - one year should be enough
    Myth #5: If I express my anger at God or the circumstances of thedeath, I am a bad person and will "pay" for it.
    Myth #6: My friends tell me it is time to let go. Since others haveacclimated to life again, I should too
    Myth#7: I must wear black for a designated time period or I willdishonor the person who died
    Myth #8: I won't have to grieve as much and I will feel better if Iuse alcohol or medication to alleviate my sadness
    Myth #9: If I talk about the loss of my loved one I'll feel worse
    Myth #10: Shouldn't I be strong enough to "tough it out" by myself?
    Myth #11: I've done something wrong because some of my family and friends are turning away from me
    Myth #12: I should be relieved that they didn't suffer a long and lingering illness
    Myth #13: Someday I'll have another (spouse, child, parent, lover...) and that person will erase the pain and replace what I have lost.
    Myth #14: Once I am done with one stage of grief, I will simply move on to the next
    Myth #15: If I relive the good times, I'll stay stuck in the pain
    Myth #16: Children really don't understand death and probably don't need to be included in the funeral plans or memorial services
    Myth #17: To properly honor the deceased, I must have the standard wake and burial
    Myth #18: I am scared that if I grieve, I'll "get over my loss." I don't want to forget him!
    Myth #19: Help, I'm stuck on instant replay. I can't get this out of my thoughts - something is wrong with me
    Myth #20: This kind of thing doesn't happen in my family
    Myth #21: There must be something wrong with me. I'm not crying
    Myth #22: I'm not grieving right - I should be doing something differently.
    Myth...

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