You Can Help Someone Who's Grieving
A How-To Healing Handbookby Victoria Frigo, Diane Fisher, Mary Lou Cook
Published by Penguin USA (Paper)
Publication date: September 1, 1996
SynopsisThis book gives common sense advice on how to help a grieving friend. It addresses the problem many of us have felt when we're just not sure what to say or do when someone close to us has suffered a loss.
The main appeal of this unpretentious book is it's simplicity -- there's not a lot of academic jargon, just recognition of human nature and practical suggestions on how to help.
Table of Contents
- I. Getting Involved in Grief Support
- The Importance of Grieving
- The Value of Your Presence
- Examining Your Feelings about Death
- Looking for Teachers
- We Are All Creative
- Are You Interfering or Helping?
- II. Practical Helping
- Immediately Following the Death
- So Much to Do
- Funerals and Memorial Services
- Outline of a Sample Memorial Service
- The Board of Directors
- Let's Get Material
- Thank You Notes
- III. Showing Your Support
- Supportive Listening
- The Value of a Hug
- Words a Survivor May Not Be Ready to Hear
- Thoughtful Words
- The "D" Word
- Supporting Decisions
- Writing a Note of Sympathy
- In Lieu of Flowers
- IV. The Most-Asked Question
- Is There a God?
- V. Insights into the Survivor's Grief
- What Is Grief?
- How Long Will the Grieving Last?
- Death's Other Losses
- Forgiving the One Who Has Died
- Unfinished Business
- A Page for Youth
- A Page for Men
- A Page for Women
- VI. Helping Survivors Survive
- Letting Go
- Keeping a Journal
- Support Groups
- Holidays and Anniversaries
- Hope, Humor, and Miracles
- VII. Special Considerations
- Was There Time to Say Goodbye?
- Death of a Child
- Death of an Unborn Child
- VIII. The Journey Continues
- Healing Prescriptions
- Vaya Con Dios
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