By Ron Marasco
About Grief is a refreshingly down-to-earth ebook approximately a topic that blindsides many of us. Written in a hot and conversational approach that's, now and then, deeply relocating, every now and then, unusually a laugh, and continuously functional, it covers quite a lot of concerns dealing with humans in grief. Marasco and Shuff have performed the footwork for readers who desire to understand extra approximately this advanced topic. utilizing numerous resources, together with books, motion pictures, song and lots of hours spent speaking with humans in grief, the authors distill their candid insights right into a sequence of brief, single-topic-essays that may be simply digested in a single sitting—a layout they discovered grieving humans most well liked. this isn't a booklet written by means of clinicians, so there isn't any chilly jargon. it is not a memoir of 1 individual's grief, so it has whatever for everybody. And it isn't a self-peddling inspirational publication. it is a clever, plain-spoken, comforting e-book approximately an intimidating subject. As one reader lately stated of About Grief: "Reading this ebook is like having a wise, exciting buddy around—at a time if you actually need one."
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The same thing happened with C. S. Lewis. Being a professor at Oxford, like most teachers he had many half-empty notebooks lying around the house. He began jotting in one of them, and four notebooks later he had written a classic. Lewis was actually so fearful about putting such intimate feelings into such nakedly honest words that his book was first published under a pen name, N. W. Clerk, something he had never done. If writing doesn’t suit you, you can always just say the words out loud. Alone.
Yes, both were accomplished writers before they wrote books on grief, but neither intended to write on the subject. Initially they sat down to write as a way of sorting through the swarm of feelings and thoughts they were experiencing. Didion clicked on her computer a week after her husband died and wrote four blunt sentences. It wasn’t until writing what she called “notes” for some time that she realized she was beginning to structure a book. She told her publishers she was leery about the subject being so “purely personal,” and later she admitted that her writing had never been so “raw,” so intimately honest.
This need for solitude is a part of grieving; it’s not meant to be insulting or unappreciative. Tell people how much you appreciate sitting down and reading the e-mails you get at the end of the day, when things are calm. ” You can decide when and how to read them, and whether or not to respond. And it can be comforting to hear a beep-beep, flip open your phone, read ”Thinking of U w/love,” and hold that thought in your heart without having to give a mini press conference to someone who’s calling to talk.
About Grief: Insights, Setbacks, Grace Notes, Taboos by Ron Marasco