Good grief : a constructive approach to the problem of loss

by Granger E. Westberg

Pamphlet, 1962

Status

Available

Call number

G WES/1

Collection

Publication

Melbourne : Joint Board of Christian Education, 1989, c1962.

User reviews

LibraryThing member StephenBarkley
It’s not often that a 64 page book with large print is reissued over and over again as a “classic”. In this feature-article length book, Westberg gives a quick apologetic about the need to grieve followed by descriptions of the 10 different stages a grieving person may go through. He wisely notes that not every one goes through every stage, and they don’t always flow in order.

The role of the believer is not to short-circuit the grieving process, but to help the person through the stages.

I particularly appreciated his realism at the start of the final chapter:

"Please note that we do not say that the final stage is, 'We become our old selves again.' When we go through any significant grief experience we come out of it as different people. Depending upon the way we respond to this event we are either stronger people than we were before or weaker—either healthier in spirit or sicker."
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LibraryThing member Kratz
Good Grief identifies ten stages of grief--shock, emotion, depression, physical distress, panic, guilt, anger, resistance, hope, and acceptance yet provides no rationale or fixed referent point for the relief of grief.
LibraryThing member crossandcrown
Good Grief identifies ten stages of grief--shock, emotion, depression, physical distress, panic, guilt, anger, resistance, hope, and acceptance but, recognizing that grief is complex and deeply personal, defines no "right" way to grieve. Good Grief offers valuable insights on the emotional and physical responses persons may experience during the natural process of grieving. (Amazon)… (more)
LibraryThing member RubislawLibrary
Many people experience grief as the result of loss. This book describes what happens to us whenever we lose someone or something important.
We all need a better understanding of the small griefs in life as well as those larger grief experiences which can overwhelm us.
Here is a volume to be kept close at hand. It can be used over the years as you encounter a wide variety of grief experiences or as you assist friends in moving beyond grief to good grief.… (more)
LibraryThing member nkmunn
This little book has helped a lot of people!

Original publication date

1962

ISBN

085819578X / 9780858195783

Call number

G WES/1

Barcode

3052
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