Living Through Mourning: Finding Comfort and Hope when a Loved One Has Died

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Penguin Books, 1987 - Family & Relationships - 300 pages
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With understanding and wisdom, Harriet Sarnoff Schiff explores the complex feelings people must cope with when a friend or relative dies. She discusses in detail the gradual process of grieving - sorrow, denial, anger, guilt, powerlessness, and finally, acceptance - that mourners go through. Acutely sensitive to the different reactions of widows and widowers, siblings, parents, children, step-relatives, and friends, she offers specific advice and comfort for all.

Schiff stresses the need of survivors to share their emotions - an insight gained through interviews with the bereaved and with funeral directors, therapists, and clergymen -and provides information on starting support groups. Schiff's practical approach, sensitivity, and candor make this book an invaluable aid to anyone facing the tragedy and difficulties of bereavement.

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Schiff's new book is broader in scope than her Bereaved Parent ( LJ 3/15/77). It gets a plus for acknowledging all mourners: the spouse, children, siblings, other family members, and a group generally ... Read full review


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