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Traditional Books on Grief Miss the Critical Point! There might be 5 or 7 stages to grief, but there are only 3 steps for dealing with it. Traditional approaches to grief are usually either a narrative about personal experiences as in C.S. Lewis 'A Grief Remembered' or a description of the suggested stages of grief like Kubler-Ross 'On Death and Dying.' While informative and interesting, these approaches explain the what and why of grief and miss the critical point that the death of a loved one is the most severe stress response we, as humans, can experience. And it should be approached, dealt with and treated from that point of view. 'A Season for Healing A Reason for Hope' is a unique, print, audio, and Internet based Grief & Mourning Support Program that provides specific, effective methods for dealing with the effects of grief. There are three steps to the program: Step 1) Immediate relief achieved by using the CD attached to the front of the book with its relaxation and sleep sessions. Relaxation and Sleep are critical to someone who is grieving. Step 2) Compassionate understanding and giving yourself permission to grieve, in the 'A Season for Healing' section of the hardbound book. A person who has just lost a loved one needs assurance that what they are feeling is normal, expected and okay. Step 3) Adjusting to your new way of living after your loss in the 'A Reason for Hope' section of the book. This part of the program helps the griever adjust to life after their loss. Along with the audio CD, the program includes the 112 page hard bound book which has an elegant gold embossed cover and a gold satin bookmark. The book is both a Guide and a Journal. The Guide portion covers the many facets of grief, and includes more than 20 specific techniques for dealing with them. Everyone should be able to find several techniques that are effective for them. The Journal areas throughout the book allow the grieving person to think and write about their loved one. There is also a companion website with additional resources for the person using the program. 'A Season for Healing A Reason for Hope,' provides the tools individuals need to effectively cope with the anger, depression and other strong emotions of grief.
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Timothy J. O'Brien, M.S. is the Director of The Institute for Stress Management & Performance Improvement, in Tallahassee, Florida. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Stress and a Life Member of the International Society for Performance Improvement. He has presented at both Florida Funeral Directors Association (FFDA) & National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) Conventions and has authored several articles for their magazines including the cover story for the NFDA s official magazine; 'The Director' (vol. 82 -1). Tim is the author of the popular continuing education course 'Grief Management: The Role of the Funeral Service Practitioner,' offered by the NFDA. For 14 years, he wrote a column for Knight Ridder Tribune News Service and has published more than 400 articles and given presentations on grief, compassion fatigue, stress and performance improvement.Review:
'A Season for Healing A Reason for Hope' is unique and unlike anything I have seen in my 50 years in Funeral Service. It s not your standard grief therapy. It is a proven program with which I have had personal experience beginning with its creation in 1991. I strongly believe that everyone should have a copy of this program during their time of bereavement. --F. James Wylie, Funeral Director, CFSP, former FFDA Executive Director
First, let me say that I got a lot out of this program, personally. I've been using some of the tips (breathing, for instance) to manage my own stress level. . . Second, I appreciated the tone of this book. Tim, you have a very comforting, empowering 'presence' here. One of the most important (and impressive) qualities of this book, is that you have respectfully given control to a group of people who have been powerless; they have had no say over the snatching of their loved ones into the arms of death, but you have shown them that they CAN have considerable control over their lives. Very nice! --Sandra Anker, Literary Editor
I've kept a journal since I was a young girl and have used inspirational readings and the art of writing to process many life events. Recently my grandmother passed on and I found that after her death I was having a hard time writing about it in my every day journal. My friend gave me 'A Season for Healing, A Reason for Hope' and I found that as I read, it was easier for me to write in the journal spaces provided. The text is supportive and helpful and the opportunity to write out my thoughts while I was reading was an act that supported my grieving process. I am pleased to say that with this support, I have been engaged in a loving and peaceful practice of remembering someone I dearly love. --Sara Marchessault, Personal/Professional Life Coach: Joyful By Design
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