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Bearing the Unbearable

Love, Loss, and the Heartbreaking Path of Grief
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Wisdom Publications
 | 
June, 2017
ISBN:
9781614292968
In stock now: 
3
$21.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

If you love someone who has died, this book is for you.

If you love someone who may die, this book is for you.

If you love, you will grieve—and this book is for you.

Grief and love are two expressions of the same process—and nothing is more mysteriously central to becoming fully human. For any who love, grieving is all but inevitable. When a loved one dies, the pain of loss can feel unbearable—especially in the case of a traumatizing death that leaves us shouting NO! with every fiber of our body. Grief commands our attention and erupts unpredictably, inescapably. The process of grieving can feel wild and nonlinear—and often lasts for much longer than other people, the non-bereaved, tell us it should. And it is important.

Dr. Joanne Cacciatore, a Zen priest, bereavement educator, researcher, and leading counselor in the field, accompanies us in the painful process of transformation through love, loss, and grief. This beautifully-written companion for life’s most difficult time is heartrending and utterly healing—revealing, in an undeniably personal way, how grief can open our hearts to interconnection, compassion, and the very essence of our shared humanity.

What this book will do, I hope, is to provide a safe space to feel, to be with your understandably broken heart. It will serve as an invitation to stay with the wretched pangs of sorrow, to dwell in the dark night of your own bereaved soul, and to be present with what is—however difficult, however painful…

 

We can learn to accept how we feel about that loss, where in us the pain is most acute, its dimensions and texture, its tenor and depth. And over time, grief can morph from a dreaded, unwanted intruder to something more familiar and less terrifying—a companion, perhaps.

Through generous, insightful writing and moving stories of her encounters with grief over decades of supporting individuals, families, and communities—as well as her own experience with loss—Cacciatore opens a space for us to process, integrate, and deeply honour our own grief.

Not just for the bereaved, Bearing the Unbearable will be required reading for grief counselors, therapists and social workers, clergy of all varieties, educators, academics, and medical professionals. Organized into 52 accessible and stand-alone chapters, this book is also great for being read aloud in support groups.

The psychologist Rollo May wrote, “One does not become fully human painlessly.” It is through inhabiting, often painfully, our emotions that we are able to become fully human. Through grief, we can experience an alchemical transformation that cannot be contrived, hastened, or imparted by others.

Publisher’s Description: 

If you love someone who has died, this book is for you.
If you love someone who may die, this book is for you.
If you love, you will grieve—and this book is for you.

Grief and love are two expressions of the same processand nothing is more mysteriously central to becoming fully human. For any who love, grieving is all but inevitable. When a loved one dies, the pain of loss can feel unbearableespecially in the case of a traumatizing death that leaves us shouting NO! with every fiber of our body. Grief commands our attention and erupts unpredictably, inescapably. The process of grieving can feel wild and nonlinearand often lasts for much longer than other people, the non-bereaved, tell us it should. And it is important.

Dr. Joanne Cacciatore, a Zen priest, bereavement educator, researcher, and leading counselor in the field, accompanies us in the painful process of transformation through love, loss, and grief. This beautifully-written companion for lifes most difficult time is heartrending and utterly healingrevealing, in an undeniably personal way, how grief can open our hearts to interconnection, compassion, and the very essence of our shared humanity. Through generous, insightful writing and moving stories of her encounters with grief over decades of supporting individuals, families, and communitiesas well as her own experience with lossCacciatore opens a space for us to process, integrate, and deeply honor our own grief.

Not just for the bereaved, Bearing the Unbearable will be required reading for grief counselors, therapists and social workers, clergy of all varieties, educators, academics, and medical professionals. Organized into 52 accessible and stand-alone chapters, this book is also perfect for being read aloud in support groups.

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