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Book Review: A Different Kind of Same: A Memoir Book Review: A Different Kind of Same: A MemoirThe loss of a sibling can be a life-altering experience. Not only will the event bring up questions regarding an individual’s mortality, but depending on the circumstances, the death can be preemptive to spiritual awakenings, deeper personal awareness, or dramatic life changes. When the death ...

Book Review: Psalms for a Child Who Has Lost Her Mother Book Review: Psalms for a Child Who Has Lost Her MotherWe don’t review a lot of poetry or fiction books on these pages, since our readers tend to want information about specific techniques and strategies they can use in their own recovery efforts. But we do review books about personal stories, and Carol Japha’s Psalms ...

A Matter of Recovery: The Story of C.B. Miller A Matter of Recovery: The Story of C.B. MillerWith a few minutes at the computer, it’s easy enough to gather a vast number of facts on traumatic brain injury (TBI). It’s possible to research causes, symptoms, and treatment. But, if someone in your life, whether family or friend, has been diagnosed with TBI, all those ...

Intensive Therapy: A Novel Intensive Therapy: A NovelWhat happens when the line between psychoanalyst and client becomes blurred? If an analyst goes out of their way to assist a client, are they doing their job well or are they no longer doing their job appropriately? These issues arise in Jeffrey Deitz’s first novel, ...

Dear Mallory: Letters to a Teenage Girl Who Killed Herself Dear Mallory: Letters to a Teenage Girl Who Killed HerselfThere are multiple journals packed away in a closet somewhere, written by a teenage girl to her father. That isn’t that surprising, except for the fact that the writer was me and I was writing to my deceased father years after his death. After he committed ...

On Silver Wings: A Life Reconstructed On Silver Wings: A Life ReconstructedSuppose you are bicycling along the side of a road and a distracted driver barrels into you, sending you careening down a hill, your bones snapping and one of your wrists severed. You are experiencing a level of pain you never even knew was possible. The crash ...

Trauma & Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence Trauma & Recovery: The Aftermath of ViolenceWhat do combat veterans, prisoners of conscience, and survivors of child abuse all have in common? They all have an increased risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder. Though the disorder is now widely recognized, patients and therapists dealing with PTSD have had to fight for ...

How to Live Well with Chronic Pain & Illness: A Mindful Guide How to Live Well with Chronic Pain & Illness: A Mindful GuideI have been drawn to Toni Bernhard’s work because of the history of chronic illness in my family and because of the Eastern tradition she brings. This time, in her third book, How to Live Well with Chronic Pain and Illness, “mindful guide” has replaced ...

Upside: The New Science of Post-Traumatic Growth Upside: The New Science of Post-Traumatic Growth“I’m reading a book about post-traumatic growth,” I told a friend who had suffered significant health-related trauma. “Is that when post-traumatic stress grows worse over time?” she asked, worried. Not at all, I told her, though I understood where she was coming from. It’s not easy to wrap ...

Book Review: Tiny Beautiful Things Book Review: Tiny Beautiful ThingsLet yourself be gutted. Let it open you. Start here. ~ Cheryl Strayed Cheryl Strayed’s Tiny Beautiful Things features a beautiful collection of well-crafted, undeniably relatable letters, along with astute responses from advice columnist ‘Sugar’ (Strayed). The premise of Tiny Beautiful Things is simple, yet paramount. Countless ...

The Healing I Took Birth For: Practicing the Art of Compassion The Healing I Took Birth For: Practicing the Art of CompassionOndrea Levine did not have a storybook childhood with loving, doting, attentive parents. She did not receive adequate academic or emotional support in school. And she had very few adult role models, mentors, or friends as a child and adolescent. In The Healing I Took Birth For, ...

Bonded to the Abuser: How Victims Make Sense of Childhood Abuse Bonded to the Abuser: How Victims Make Sense of Childhood AbuseBefore I became a therapist, I had a very hard time seeing how one could forgive the abuser of an innocent child. I found it almost excruciating to try to understand the mindset of the person who had harmed an innocent kid, often their own. But once I became ...

Leverage: The Science of Turning Setbacks into Springboards Leverage: The Science of Turning Setbacks into SpringboardsAt some point in your life you will face a setback, and the way you respond to it will be critical. According to the National Institutes of Mental Health, six out of ten women and five out of ten men will face one or more major ...

Conversations With My Soul: Stories & Reflections on Life, Death & Love After Loss Conversations With My Soul: Stories & Reflections on Life, Death & Love After LossI remember my piano teacher telling me that music is a universal language. Now I put love, loss, and grief in that category, too. Regardless of who we are, what we believe, or where we live, all of us will experience some degree of love, loss, and ...

No Time for Tears: Coping with Grief in a Busy World No Time for Tears: Coping with Grief in a Busy WorldI truly believe that people are well-meaning. But when it comes to helping others through their loss, some of us just don’t have the skills to aid a grieving individual. We are often uncomfortable around those who have had a loved one die, and say things that are ...

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Grohol, J. (2019). Grief & Loss Book Reviews. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 5, 2020, from https://psychcentralreviews.com/grief-loss-book-reviews/
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