By Ron Marasco
About Grief is a refreshingly down-to-earth publication approximately a topic that blindsides many folks. Written in a hot and conversational approach that's, from time to time, deeply relocating, every now and then, strangely a laugh, and continually sensible, it covers quite a lot of matters dealing with humans in grief. Marasco and Shuff have performed the footwork for readers who desire to recognize extra approximately this advanced topic. utilizing numerous resources, together with books, motion pictures, song and plenty of hours spent speaking with humans in grief, the authors distill their candid insights right into a sequence of brief, single-topic-essays that may be simply digested in a single sitting—a structure they discovered grieving humans hottest. this isn't a ebook written by way of clinicians, so there is no chilly jargon. it is not a memoir of 1 individual's grief, so it has anything for everybody. And it is not a self-peddling inspirational ebook. it is a clever, plain-spoken, comforting e-book approximately an intimidating subject. As one reader lately acknowledged of About Grief: "Reading this e-book is like having a wise, exciting buddy around—at a time should you really want one."
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If you find yourself on your knees by a dresser sniffing a sock, know that you are not crazy. Nor are you crazy if you have no desire to sniff anything, ever. People’s reactions to “stuff” will differ, and with so many viewpoints to consider, deciding what to do with a loved one’s belongings can be a fine line to walk. A spouse certainly has the right to do what he or she wants with what is in the bedroom closet. But bear in mind that it could be tough for a son to come home the day after they bury mom and find a team of movers picking through her clothes, boxing them up, and hauling them away.
The boss had clearly suffered a few anvils of his own. He talked heart-toheart with the woman, actually gave her a bit of extra time off, and one day even hugged her. Of course within a week or so he was back to being a monster, but the empathy was nice while it lasted. If you are already a fairly empathic person, learning about grief will fine-tune that empathy. If you are not a particularly empathic person, grief can be the eye-opener of a lifetime. In all of Shakespeare there is no more purely pigheaded character than King Lear.
The person is gone, but we still have their stuff. In her book A Very Easy Death, Simone de Beauvoir writes about the last days of her mother: Everyone knows the power of things: life is solidified in them more immediately present than in any one of its instants. They lay there on the table, orphaned, useless, waiting to turn into rubbish or to find another identity. 32 about grief De Beauvoir’s insight came after seeing her sister react quite strongly to something belonging to their recently deceased mother.
About Grief: Insights, Setbacks, Grace Notes, Taboos by Ron Marasco