How We Grieve: Relearning the World

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Oxford University Press, 1996 - 201 pages
What do we do when a friend, relative, or loved one dies? If we wish to understand loss experience, we must learn details of survivors' stories. In How We Grieve, Thomas Attig tells real-life tales to illustrate the poignant disruption of life and suffering that loss entails. He shows how
through grieving we meet daunting challenges, make critical choices, and reshape our lives. These intimate treatments of coping hold valuable lessons that address the needs of grieving people and those who hope to support and comfort them. The accounts promote understanding of grief itself,
encourage respect for individuality and the uniqueness of loss experiences, show how to deal with helplessness in the face of choiceless events, and offers much priceless guidance for caregivers. Grieving is not a process of passively living through stages. Nor is it a clinical problem to be
solved or managed by others. How We Grieve shows that grieving is an active, coping process of relearning how to be and act in a world where loss transforms the fabric of our lives. Loss challenges us to relearn things and places; relationships with others, including fellow survivors, the deceased,
and even God; and most of all ourselves, including our daily life patterns and the meanings of our own life storie
 

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Contents

Listening and Responding
3
Why Do People Look to Books on Grieving?
9
Respecting Individuals When They Grieve
63
Relearning the World
99
Index
193
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Thomas Attig is 1995-96 President of the Association for Death Education and Counseling. Formerly a professor of philosophy at Bowling Green State University, he has been teaching and writing about death, dying, grief and loss since 1974. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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