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All of us, at some time, experience heartbreaking loss. Alone, shocked, and confused, we are no longer tethered to the life we had, and do not yet recognize a new landscape for our days. Opening to Grief: Finding Your Way From Loss to Peace is a guide to this tender time.
With the demeanor and tone of a loving friend, the book rebuts a prevailing idea that grief moves in stages, and instead offers intimacy and an invitation to turn toward and be with all the emotions and sensations that arise, however long grieving takes and in whatever ways are most healing for you. If you open to any page, you’ll enter the book’s uplifting flow and know that you’re not alone on your journey to wholeness.
Claire B. Willis is also the author of Lasting Words: A Guide to Finding Meaning Toward the Close of Life (Brattleboro, VT. Green Writers Press, 2014).
We are pleased to announce
Opening to Grief
by Claire B. Willis &
Marnie Crawford Samuelson
will be published October 1, 2020 by Dharma Spring, an imprint of Red Wheel Weiser.
Praise for Opening to Grief
“A succinct, comforting reference for those dealing with the loss of a loved one. The authors weave clinical observations, consolations, and practices (such as blessings to repeat and guided journaling prompts) into short chapters that explain the process of ‘opening to grief.’ Anyone suffering loss will find wisdom and helpful practices here.”
“A wise and sensitive book, this guide to working with grief is a treasure.”
Joan Halifax, Upaya Zen Center, Author of Standing at the Edge and Being with Dying
“Reading Opening to Grief is like sitting with a wise friend who has walked the difficult road of sorrow ahead of you. Full of gentle and nourishing practices, this kind book offers a supportive hand when the ground beneath you has been shaken by loss. Listen to these two experienced travelers in the land of grief and you will find your way through the darkest of nights. A beautiful gift to all.”
Francis Weller, author of The Wild Edge of Sorrow: Rituals of Renewal and the Sacred Work of Grief