How To Grieve What We’ve Lost: Evidence-Based Skills To Process Grief and Reconnect with What Matters

New Harbinger. May 2024. 136p. ISBN 9781648483196. pap. $18.95. SELF-HELP
Grief, loss, and bereavement are very personal experiences. Sometimes, however, people need help processing their feelings. In this book, acceptance and commitment therapy trainer and author Harris (The Happiness Trap) and four therapists, trauma experts, and psychologists (Alexandra Kennedy, Sameet M. Kumar, Mary Beth Williams, and Soili Poijula) provide exercises based on therapeutic approaches that have proven widely effective in helping people during difficult times, including cognitive behavioral therapy and behavioral activation. From how to create physical spaces to grounding exercises and how to breathe, this book takes readers on a journey toward healing. It offers short- and long-term strategies that can be revisited and restarted along the way. At about 140 pages, it’s ideal for readers who like straightforward tools and information. They can choose their own path by using what they need and skipping what does not apply.
VERDICT This title complements publications such as The Grief Recovery Handbook by John W. James and Russel Friedman, and It’s OK That You’re Not OK by Megan Devine. Libraries looking to enhance their nonfiction collections should consider this book a must-have. It also contains a diverse reference list that supports and expands the topics discussed.
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