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Awakening from grief : finding the way back to joy
Welshons, John E.
Personal Author:
[Second edition].
Publication Information:
Makawao, Maui, HI : Inner Ocean ; [Place of publication not identified] : Distributed by Publishers Group West, [2003]

Physical Description:
xxii, 203 pages ; 23 cm
General Note:
"Originally published by Open Heart Publications, 2000"--T.p. verso.
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BF575.G7 W45 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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In this remarkable book, Welshons weaves together his own personal awakening with those of others he's counseled to bestow a deeply felt and exquisitely expressed primer on dealing with grief. We learn new ways to embrace our pain so that our hearts can open to feel joy. We discover how grieving gives us the unique opportunity to develop deeper and fuller life experiences. Written for people who have experienced any type of loss--whether through death, divorce, or disappointment--this compelling and memorable guide will take its place among the insightful works of grief management.

Author Notes

John Welshons is a gifted counselor and teacher, who for more than twenty-five years has been helping people to deal with dramatic life change and loss. His graduate work in "History of Religions" was done at Florida State University. He has taught at Ramapo College in New Jersey and is a frequent lecturer to businesses, churches, hospitals, hospices, colleges, and universities throughout the U.S.

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Library Journal Review

Welshons's book characterizes grief as a journey to one's self that one achieves by passing through the doors of sadness. Grief includes, but is not limited to, the mourning associated with death and takes the form of avoiding unpleasantness or disappointment. "Our entire culture," the author writes, "is built on maximizing pleasure through the systematic avoidance of grief" by avoiding, busying, distracting, and/or numbing ourselves. The energy we consume in avoidance detracts from our ability to embrace life's downs as well as its ups. Embracing tragedy, disappointment, and unpleasantness "can become the groundwork for tremendous growth and insight" in life. These opportunities-catalysts in disguise-provide a chance for "aliveness," "awareness," and "enthusiasm" to break through. Welshons, a student of Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, previously self-published this title and sold 17,000 copies; his clear, direct style will hook readers. Highly recommended for all libraries. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Prefacep. xv
Forewordp. xix
Chapter 1 Being Fully Alive and Fully Humanp. 1
Chapter 2 The Teachings of Lossp. 5
Chapter 3 Deaths and Rebirthsp. 9
Chapter 4 Aunt Mabelp. 14
Chapter 5 How to Turn Loss Into Healingp. 21
Chapter 6 Bodies on the Beachp. 30
Chapter 7 What Is Grief?p. 39
Chapter 8 My Mother's Eyesp. 45
Chapter 9 Why Are We This Way?p. 51
Chapter 10 Bringing Death Out of the Closetp. 59
Chapter 11 The Raging Fire That Is Our Griefp. 63
Chapter 12 Finding Peace: Some Clues Along the Wayp. 87
Chapter 13 But How Do I Do That?p. 95
Chapter 14 Working With the Death of a Parentp. 101
Chapter 15 My Father's Deathsp. 107
Chapter 16 The Death of a Childp. 121
Chapter 17 The Gifts We Give Ourselves to Healp. 132
Chapter 18 Preparing for Our Own Deathp. 151
Chapter 19 Working with Others Who Are Dying and Grievingp. 156
Chapter 20 Conclusion: The "I" of the Stormp. 187
Other Books to Readp. 201
Indexp. 203
About the Authorp. 207
Other Offerings from Open Heart Publicationsp. 209
Quick Order Formp. 212