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We live our lives in numerous ways because of our crucial relationships. Our interactions shape who we are and define who we are; they become inextricably linked to our sense of self (or self-concept) and therefore become a living part of us. It's excruciatingly difficult to lose one of these vital relationships since we lose a piece of ourselves when we lose a significant friendship. As a result, grieving is not a phenomenon that occurs out there in the world. Instead, it takes place within each mourning person's sense of self, which has been individually wounded and injured due to such losses. Grief work is thus a personal activity of healing and regrowth of self-identity.

Grief ends when we are no longer in desperate need of the person or object we have lost and can operate correctly without them. This isn't to say that we don't get sad when we think about past losses; it only means they aren't as crippling as they once were.

So if you are looking for a book that helps you understand the process behind the grief of loss and face bereavement that involves you or someone you know, this is the book you are looking for!

©2021 Jim Colajuta (P)2021 Jim Colajuta

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This is such an informative audio-book

loved the contents, very practical. compassionate with evidenced based, results oriented action plan. well listen also. thanks author.

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Thanks author for sharing this audible.

I think this was an interesting book but it was an excellent audiobook. The performance really made the story, and the man come alive. I would recommend it to other people who were interested in the interactions of man and our environment.

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Guidance on how to deal with the situation

I related to many of the experiences & lessons in this book from my own life experiences. It's good to have guidance and to remember to stay grounded.

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Provides lots of useful tips

I love this book. It was a slow start going through the dedications and thank you but when the first chapter happened I new this was special. highly recommend this audio book.

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Appreciate the positive things in life

Despite my belief that people can overcome time loss easily, that was not the case for me, and I was always depressed. This book helped me rewire my thinking and focus on the positives in life.

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A helpful guide to cope with loss

All of us must face the painful reality that we will lose someone one day. Dealing with grief is not easy, and grief is a particularly difficult emotion to process. The author of this book provides us with a variety of tools to help us cope with loss.



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Give this one a listen

Listen to this if you're going through a tough time or trying to assist someone you know with such a struggle.

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This book feels so soothing and full of empath

It is so relevant to anyone going through a rough season in life, as it must happen at some point. There is no way for you to completely grasp what it is until you have been there yourself.

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This book is a good choice

For anyone experiencing an emotional transition following the death of a loved one, this book is definitely a good choice.

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This book went over and above my expectations it was a no nonsense guide and the author’s passion for the subject is fully shown in this book.

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We are informed of all the positive aspects as

We are informed of all the positive aspects as well as any potential negative issues thus ensuring we are fully informed. The clear narration is at just the right place to ensure the listener's understanding and attention.

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Very helpful for anyone

I have listen numerous books on trauma and overcoming anxiety, depression, etc. This book was very helpful and I found it to be more useful than the body keeps score book and numerous others.

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  • 02-26-22

A beautifully honest story about finding peace

Endless job demands were killing her. Initially, so was her self-imposed busyness in retirement. Then Linda Hoye faced the wounds of childhood abandonment and found peace in God’s grace.

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  • 02-26-22

It's an alright book. Overall, i just think perhap

I was blessed by this book. Lots of food for thought, I have played many chapters more than once before moving to the next. I love the humor sprinkled throughout and the conversational approach.

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  • 02-26-22

Beautifully honest.

At it's core, this book is about hope. Hope that Truth can be made known, not in the mind alone but also in the hidden places of our heart where a lie has too often taken root. I applaud the author's courage to do the hard work of quieting oneself and ultimately accepting the gift of healing and acceptance offered to her. I found her story to be inspiring.

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  • 02-25-22

A perfect book about these topics

I would like to see more narration like this because I like to speed up the books as I listen. with this narrator I could accelerate comfortably to and still feel confident in comprehension.

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  • 02-25-22

This is an extraordinary book

I think the program and techniques are very useful for counsellors and people experiencing loss. Thanks author.

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  • 02-25-22

This audio book gave me lots of tips

A profoundly emotionally enlightening book to help with loss, grieving, and moving on to happiness. i highly recommend this book.

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  • 02-25-22

This is such an informative audio-book

loved the contents, very practical. compassionate with evidenced based, results oriented action plan. well listen also. thanks author.