Grief touches everyone of us during our lives and we all struggle to find ways to deal with it. "Grappling with Grief" looks at different ways of going through a loss of any kind -- the death of a partner, parent, friend, the loss of a job, the loss of an unborn baby. The author draws examples from her experience as a psychotherapist and counsellor and offers the readers the chance to learn about different ways of grieving, as well as make them see that they are not alone in their grief. The language is free of jargon and the book manages to tackle this difficult subject with the dignity it deserves.
The author also offers practical information on the "symptoms" of people faced with loss, her view on the different cycles of grief as well as advice to people close to a grieving person.
"The areas I intend to cover are not an exhaustive look at grieving and mourning but more a number of reflections drawn from some thirty years of working as a therapist in a number of different settings. I intend to share with you some of the lessons that I have learned from being alongside others in their grief and indeed being with myself in my own. In so doing I hope that it may shed a little understanding on what may be happening to you as you grapple with grief. I do not claim that my observations have the rigor of academic research, they are but musings informed by years of practice, much training and reflection." -- From the Introduction
'In a culture where we have forgotten that grief is a natural and normal response to loss, Penny Rawson re-introduces the concept that sanity and bereavement are not mutually exclusive. Her common sense and compassion will restore hope to many who sorely need it.'- Sister Frances Dominica, Founder of Helen House Children's Hospice and Douglas House, a Respice for Young Adults