Drawn from personal experience and from that of others who experienced the loss of a loved one, author Kathy Briant lists 106 Ways to Deal with Grief. Easy to read, yet poignant, using insight gained from experience, and knowing first hand the suffering that people in the midst of grief go through, these 106 suggestions are a good addition to the literature on grief.
Realistic, at times blunt, but also sprinkled with humour, the statements are always heartfelt and designed to throw a lifeline to a person undergoing a terrible experience.
Those experiencing grief and not knowing what to do or what to expect will gain support, understanding and help from this book. Often people suffering from grief cannot concentrate long enough to read a full book, but in short, easy-to-understand sentences, everyone will find a statement or two that will help them hang on in stormy seas. As well, those friends, family or professionals working with people in grief will come to further understand and accept people who are undergoing one of the worst experiences in their lives. If you don’t know what to do for someone in the throes of grief, give them this book.
Kathy Briant is a Calgary writer who studied under W.O. Mitchell at the Banff Centre and is in the process of writing several books. Her work life is varied and her world very eclectic. Having suffered the loss of her daughter, Shannon, in 2009, she understands grief first hand and has connected with others who are also suffering. Her hope is that this book will be of assistance in providing easy, simple words to hang onto until the world stops spinning and rights itself a little more so a person can begin to heal. She is in the process of writing a book about Shannon’s story, but in the meantime, hopes this little book will resonate with people.