Understanding Your Grief – Second Edition



Since its debut in 1992, this favorite by one of the world’s most beloved grief counselors has found a place in the homes and hearts of hundreds of thousands of mourners across the globe. Filled with compassion and hope, Understanding Your Grief helps you understand and befriend your painful, complex, yet normal thoughts and feelings after the death of someone loved.

Understanding Your Grief is built on Dr. Wolfelt’s Ten Touchstones—basic principles to learn and actions to take to help yourself engage with your grief and create momentum toward healing. This second edition includes concise additional wisdom on new topics such as the myth of closure, complicated and traumatic grief, grief overload, loneliness, the power of ritual, and more.

If you’re grieving a death or a significant loss of any kind, this refreshed bestseller will be your rock and steadfast companion as you journey through the wilderness of your unique grief.


The Ten Essential Touchstones:

  1. Open to the presence of your loss.
  2. Dispel misconceptions about grief.
  3. Embrace the uniqueness of your grief.
  4. Explore what you might experience.
  5. Understand the six needs of mourning.
  6. Recognize you are not crazy.
  7. Nurture yourself.
  8. Reach out for help.
  9. Seek reconciliation, not resolution.
  10. Appreciate your transformation.

Think of your grief as a wilderness—a vast, inhospitable forest. You must journey through this wilderness. To find your way out, you must become acquainted with its terrain and learn to follow the sometimes hard-to-find trail that leads to healing. In the wilderness of your grief, the touchstones are your trail markers. They are the signs that let you know you are on the right path. When you learn to identify and rely on the touchstones, you will find your way to hope and healing. The companion journal now provides space for writing and reflection. The text and the journal are available to purchase as a set. 

Additional Information

Weight0.8 lbs
Dimensions8.5 × 5.5 × 0.5 in
Weight0.8 lbs
Dimensions8.5 × 5.5 × 0.5 in

ISBN: 978-1-61722-307-5

Author: Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.

Product Type: Paperback

Number of Pages: 236

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