Coping with the death of a loved one can be the most traumatic and stressful situation most people ever deal with -- and the practical and emotional help available to the bereaved is often very poor. As the bereaved struggle to make sense of their new situation they often find that the advice they receive is produced by medical professionals who have never personally experienced grief; and filled with platitudes and clichés, with very little practical help. How long does grief last? What can I do to help myself? Are there really five stages of grief? Why can't other people understand how I feel? Will I ever be happy again? Pat Bertram debunks many established beliefs about what grief is, how it affects those left behind, and how to adjust to a world that no longer contains your loved one.
Grief: The Inside Story -- A Guide to Surviving the Loss of a Loved One debunks many established beliefs about what grief is, how it affects those left behind, and how to adjust to a world that no longer contains your loved one.
Grief: The Inside Story is perfect and that is not hyperbole! It is exactly what folk need to read who are grieving." --Leesa Healy, RN, GDAS GDAT, Emotional/Mental Health Therapist & Educator
Losing my wife has been the most devastating experience of my life. I have read so many books and articles on grief that seem to be talking about an entirely different experience, but Pat Bertram has written a book that actually describes what grief REALLY feels like, and how it affects the people who are left behind. I cannot recommend this book enough, Ms. Bertram has written something that cuts through the well-meaning cliches and actually speaks the truth about the best way for grievers to cope in the aftermath of such a great loss. Highly recommended! --T. Brown, widower
Well-researched, honestly experienced, and generously shared, Pat Bertram’s book about grief lands clearly and wonderfully in that gap between self-help’s “Do this” and faith’s “Believe in this.” Whatever we believe and whatever we strive to do, the death of a life mate will result in grief, and grief will result in a journey through many emotions; physical, mental and social trials; and lonely steps. With this book, the bereft might find that most precious gift of knowing they’re not alone, they’re not abnormal, and they’re not going to feel this way forever: An invaluable resource, both for the bereaved and for those so helplessly trying to relate to them. --Sheila Deeth, author and reviewer