The loss of a love is a nearly universal emotional crisis, whether the end is divorce, desertion, or a mutually agreed-upon separation. At first, friends and family are there to offer a shoulder to cry on, but after a few months there's an expectation that we just need to get over the crisis and move on. Thus, unprocessed, painful feelings are buried, leaving us numb. Or we repeat damaging relationship patterns over and over again.
The situation doesn't have to be like that. "Healing a Broken Heart" guides those of us grieving for a lost love through four metaphorical seasons of recovery with provocative questions -- and journal pages on which to respond -- to help move us forward.
The four seasons serve as powerful metaphors for the stages of the grieving process. Summer is the season for charting the course of a relationship: remembering hopes and expectations, the warning signs that went unheeded. During autumn, journalers accept the reality of breaking up and acknowledge things about the relationship that didn't serve their needs. Winter brings the pain of grief over the profound loss. Finally, spring -- and, with it, renewal -- invites readers to examine and understand how their family history may have affected their past relationships.
Punctuated throughout with poems and moving meditations, the thoughtful, interactive approach of this book offers the time and space we all need to heal when our hearts are broken.
Matt Groening creator of The Simpsons and Life in Hell This thoughtful book about getting through heartbreak is like a good friend holding your hand when everything seems bleak.
Cynthia Heimel author of Sex Tips for Girls This is a wonderful, smart, and nurturing book. There are no cliches. It is the most helpful guidebook I have ever read.
Laura Davis author of I Thought We'd Never Speak Again If you are struggling to come to terms with a broken relationship, this is the one book you will return to again and again. Whether you are suffering over the loss of a lover or a spouse, this book will help you through the dark and lonely days ahead.