By Ron Marasco
About Grief is a refreshingly down-to-earth booklet approximately a subject matter that blindsides many of us. Written in a hot and conversational means that's, every now and then, deeply relocating, from time to time, unusually a laugh, and regularly functional, it covers a variety of matters dealing with humans in grief. Marasco and Shuff have performed the footwork for readers who desire to understand extra approximately this complicated topic. utilizing numerous assets, together with books, movies, track 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 structure they discovered grieving humans most popular. this isn't a ebook written via clinicians, so there is not any chilly jargon. it is not a memoir of 1 individual's grief, so it has whatever for everybody. And it is not a self-peddling inspirational ebook. it is a clever, plain-spoken, comforting publication approximately an intimidating subject. As one reader lately acknowledged of About Grief: "Reading this publication is like having a sensible, enjoyable pal around—at a time if you happen to actually need one."
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Extra resources for About Grief: Insights, Setbacks, Grace Notes, Taboos
Are you sure she died? Is this a mistake? ” 56 about grief Just imagining this scene is enough to make someone head for the hills, anything to escape the terrifying panic. But examining the methodology of this monster can help demystify it. The word “panic” comes from Pan, a god in Greek mythology. Most people assume that since the emotion of panic is his namesake, Pan must have been a god who jumped around nervously. ” Pan was a god of the woodlands who was responsible for the frightening noises travelers heard when they were in the woods alone.
All of this is chilling to experience or witness. But we’ve included the subject of panic in this chapter on honesty because it’s important to understand that panic is also a kind of dishonesty. Panic is a lie. Panic is part of our evolutionary wiring, a primal sensation no doubt meant to warn our cavemen-selves of impending trouble. But we are no longer cavemen, and moreover in grief the trouble isn’t impending, it’s already happened. The loved one has died; there’s nothing anyone can do about that.
You can never be sure what will make an anvil drop. They may have nothing at all to do with the circumstances of a loved one’s death. This is the writer Colette’s delicate description: It’s so curious: one can resist tears and “behave” very well in the hardest hours of grief. But then someone makes you a friendly sign behind a window, or one notices that a flower that was in bud only yesterday has suddenly blossomed, or a letter slips from a drawer . . and everything collapses. Some anvils are related to a tragedy, but only in the most roundabout route through one’s unconscious mind and sensory apparatus.
About Grief: Insights, Setbacks, Grace Notes, Taboos by Ron Marasco