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Good Grief: A Companion for Every Loss

Good Grief: A Companion for Every Loss

Timeless wisdom for all who grieve

For more than fifty years Good Grief has helped millions of readers, including NFL players and a former first lady, find comfort and rediscover hope after loss. This classic text includes a foreword by Dr. Timothy Johnson, a leading communicator of medical health care information. An afterword by the author's daughters tells how the book came to be.

Good Grief identifies ten stages of grief--shock, emotion, depression, physical distress, panic, guilt, anger, resistance, hope, and acceptance--but, recognizing that grief is complex and deeply personal, defines no "right" way to grieve.

Good Grief offers valuable insights on the emotional and physical responses persons may experience during the natural process of grieving. Reflection questions help readers explore their own experience with each stage.

Whether mourning the death of a loved one, the end of a marriage, the loss of a job, or other difficult life changes, Good Grief is a proven steady companion in times of loss.

Alongside Good Grief, the classic guide, we now offer two additional resources, both perfect for gifts and individual or group use: The Good Grief Devotional and The Good Grief Journal.

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  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9781506454474
  • eBook ISBN 9781506454481
  • Age/Grade Range Adult
  • Dimensions 5 x 7.5
  • Pages 80
  • Publication Date February 1, 2019


Stage One
We Are in a State of Shock
Stage Two
We Express Emotion
Stage Three
We Feel Depressed and Very Lonely
Stage Four
We May Experience Physical Symptoms of Distress
Stage Five
We May Become Panicky
Stage Six
We Feel a Sense of Guilt about the Loss
Stage Seven
We Are Filled with Anger and Resentment
Stage Eight
We Resist Returning
Stage Nine
Gradually Hope Comes Through
Stage Ten
We Struggle to Affirm Reality


From the Preface

"I just finished re–reading this gem. It is immediately clear why it has been and will continue to be a bestseller. It is written with the heart of a pastor, the insight of a psychologist, the humanity of a father and husband, and the hope of someone who has seen so many survive the process of grieving. It is simple but not simplistic. It is profound but not professorial. Most importantly, it describes the pathway through grieving that can only be found through honesty. In my opinion, this is a book that should quickly be in the hands of anyone grieving for any reason."
—Dr. Timothy Johnson, M.D.
ABC News Senior Medical Contributor

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