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Becoming myself : living life to the fullest after the loss of your parents
Butler, Shari.
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New York : McGraw-Hill, [2004]

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ix, 198 pages ; 22 cm
Rediscovering yourself -- The quality of parental relationships -- The self explodes : reclaiming the self -- Bending the bough : beginning to change -- Navigating the waters: rediscovering internal depths -- The hero within -- The sky's the limit : transformation in action -- Your life your way : embracing possibility.
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HQ1073 .B88 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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A guide to living life to the fullest after you have lost your parents. It seeks to help people to move beyond grief into the next stage of adult life, demonstrating how to turn a loss that one must accept into a possibility for growth and positive change. The author, Dr Shari Butler, explores the liberating effect the loss of our parents provides and teaches the reader how to understand this experience while releasing them from guilt. She provides exercises to help the reader cope with feeling sad, alone, scared, disconnected, guilty and/or remorseful, and presents a therapeutic plan to help discover and utilize a new kind of freedom.

Author Notes

Shari Butler, Ph.D., is a psychotherapist with more than 20 years of clinical experience

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Chapter 1 Rediscovering Yourselfp. 1
Chapter 2 The Quality of Parental Relationshipsp. 21
Chapter 3 The Self Explodes: Reclaiming the Selfp. 45
Chapter 4 Bending the Bough: Beginning to Changep. 71
Chapter 5 Navigating the Waters: Rediscovering Internal Depthsp. 89
Chapter 6 The Hero Withinp. 115
Chapter 7 The Sky's the Limit: Transformation in Actionp. 136
Chapter 8 Your Life Your Way: Embracing Possibilityp. 171
Endnotesp. 189
Bibliographyp. 192
Indexp. 195