by Gretchen Kubacky PsyD
Beginning with basic self-care and reconnecting with relationships in your life, this book addresses defining your core values that keep you anchored through tough times, and gently moves the reader into reassessing the “story” they tell themselves about their life. I really loved the chapters about the “observer self” and how we can remain detached from untrue thoughts that threaten to disconnect us from the reality of our grief.
This book teaches that by accepting our grief, we can finally move past it to have a vibrant and happy life. Our grief is still part of us, but it doesn’t have to hold us back. In fact, it can make us stronger, more compassionate, and more connected to others and to our true selves.
One of the best things about this book are the meditations, journal prompts, and exercises for the reader to use in their journey of healing. I really love that this book doesn’t just give abstract ideas, but uses concrete examples of how a feeling might be expressed, how a small step can make a huge difference, or how we can “flip the story” to pull ourselves out of a downward spiral.
The only thing missing from this book is God. We can’t hope to truly heal from our grief without the help and wisdom of our Creator. After all, He wrote the blueprints for humanity, and He knows our deepest joys and sadness. If this book had included a chapter on prayer, then it would have covered all the bases. I would recommend reading this book along with a Christian book on grief too.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.