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Grief and Loss

Title: How to Survive the Loss of a Love
Author: Harold H. Bloomfield, Melba Colgrove, & Peter McWilliams
Publisher: Allen Park, MI: Mary Books/Prelude Press
Publication Date: 2000
ISBN: 0-931580-43-9

This book is a short, easy to read and understand guide to the process of grieving and loss. The authors use a broad definition of loss - including the death of a loved one, moving, graduating, and ending a relationship, among many others. The use of both poetry and prose to examine and educate about the pain and healing of loss is easily understood and accessible. Included in this book are discussions on the stages of loss, encouragement for going through the process of grieving, and advice on coping with the myriad of emotions that can arise.

Title: The Healing Journey Through Grief: Your Journal for Reflection and Recovery
Author: Phil Rich
Publisher: New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Publication Date: 1999
ISBN: 0-471-29565-5

This book on grieving is focused primarily on loss from death. Many structured writing exercises are offered that are focused on moving through the grief process. Each chapter focuses on a different aspect of grieving - including the initial adjustment, relationships, and remembering. The written text offers education and information about the grieving process and suggestions for reflecting back on your writing.

Title: Life after Loss: A Practical Guide to Renewing Your Life after Experiencing Major Loss, 5th Ed.
Author: Bob Deits
Publisher: Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press.
Publication Date: 2009

"'One of the classics in the field of crisis intervention' (Dr. Earl Grollman), Life after Loss is the go-to resource for anyone who has suffered a significant life change. Loss can be overwhelming, and recovery often seems daunting, if not impossible. With great compassion and insight, Deits provides practical exercises for navigating the uncertain terrain of loss and grief, helping readers find positive ways to put together a life that is necessarily different, but equally meaningful. With two new chapters and significant changes throughout reflecting Deits's ongoing experience in counseling, Life after Loss is an essential 'roadmap for those in grief' (Lawrence J. Lincoln, MD, Staff, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Center)." --publisher

Title: On Grief and Grieving: Finding the Meaning of Grief Through the Five Stages of Loss.
Author: Elisabeth Kubler-Ross and David Kessler
Publisher: New York, NY: Scribner.
Publication Date: 2007

"Elisabeth Kübler-Ross's On Death and Dying changed the way we talk about the end of life. Before her own death in 2004, she and David Kessler completed On Grief and Grieving, which looks at the way we experience the process of grief. Just as On Death and Dying taught us the five stages of death — denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance — On Grief and Grieving applies these stages to the grieving process and weaves together theory, inspiration, and practical advice, including sections on sadness, hauntings, dreams, isolation, and healing." --publisher

Reviews completed by the University Counseling Center staff.

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