Introduction

This is a book about grieving, and for the most part it’s about the death of someone you care about. But it also covers losses in other areas that still have an emotional impact, such as the loss of a marriage or a job.

If you’ve picked up this book, it’s because you have experienced (or are experiencing) grief, or a person you care about is struggling with the loss of someone or something he or she holds dear. First of all, I want to reassure anyone who is mourning: you’re not alone, and you’re not crazy. The kaleidoscope of feelings you’re experiencing is normal.

Because grief is often an unknown reaction, it catches us off guard. It’s similar to feelings that we’ve felt before, such as disappointment or sadness, yet it can be ...

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