Understanding Your Grief Set



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Understanding Your Grief: Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart
One of North America’s leading grief educators, Dr. Alan Wolfelt has written many books about healing in grief. This book is his most comprehensive, covering the essential lessons that mourners have taught him in his three decades of working with the bereaved. In compassionate, down-to-earth language, Understanding Your Grief describes ten touchstones—or trail markers—that are essential physical, emotional, cognitive, social, and spiritual signs for mourners to look for on their journey through grief.

The Understanding Your Grief Journal: Exploring the Ten Essential Touchstones is a companion workbook to Dr. Wolfelt’s Understanding Your Grief. Designed to help mourners explore the many facets of their unique grief through journaling, this compassionate book interfaces with the ten essential touchstones. Throughout, journalers are asked specific questions about their own unique grief journeys as they relate to the touchstones and are provided with writing space for the many questions asked.

*Please note that we are transitioning our Understanding Your Grief and the Understanding Your Grief Journal stock to the new editions. While we are doing our best to fill all orders immediately, your order may be placed temporarily on back-order. You may also be sent the revised and updated second editions!*

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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. Recognize you are not crazy.
  6. Understand the six needs of mourning.
  7. Nurture yourself. 8. Reach out for help.
  8. Seek reconciliation, not resolution.
  9. 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 is a wonderful mourning tool and safe place for those in grief. It also makes an ideal grief support group workbook.

Additional Information

Weight1.3 lbs
Dimensions9 × 6 × 1 in
Weight1.3 lbs
Dimensions9 × 6 × 1 in

ISBN: 978-1-879651-35-7 | 978-1-879651-39-5

Author: Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.

Product Type: Paperback