Sunday, October 28, 2012

Sneezing Sunday- Grieving G-d's Way

Grieving God's WayThe Path to Lasting Hope and Healing By Margaret Brownley 

"Take a deep breath. The physical and emotional stress of grief can do an enormous amount of harm to the mind and body. we become so caught up in our pain we literally forget to breathe."

This book has come at a pertinent time in mine and my family's lives. 6 months after one grandmother died, another grandmother was recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. 

I am a mess.
I keep crying in odd public places like buying stamps at the post office.
After we lost a baby, our daughter Lily, I did not grieve well. This blog was actually begun at the urging of my best friend. I had locked away a lot of myself and stopped writing completely. 
I am determined to get through this with out loosing myself along with someone I love.

This book is set up as a 90-day devotional healing experience. Rather than just thoughts for the day, there are exercise to do in order to work through the grief process. The book is divided into four categories—body, soul, heart, and spirit. Under each category are readings that offers insight into the process that increases understanding of G-d's purposeful plan for healing the heart and soul.
My mother has always told me that G-d gives us shock as a gift to get us through catastrophe. Margaret Brownley also touches on this. What I have noticed through the lives of others is one can get "stuck" in the stages of grief or that by the time the world thinks you should be moving on, that is when you need a friend the most. This book is written like that friend. No psycho babble, just gentle prodding to encourage healing.

"The ultimate purpose of stopping is to ensure that when we go, we go in the direction that we want and that we are not just reacting to the pace of our lives, but choosing, moment to moment, what is best. The ultimate reason for stopping is going." - Dr. David Kunditz

"Some people live as if they have an emotional credit card.....instead of daling with the loss, they ignore it, pretend it didnt happen, or relegate it to the future. Unresolved grief compounds interest at an alarming rate, For the greatest emotional security and peace of ind, make sure all grief is paid in full."  "No Loss is too old or too small to grieve" -  Margaret Brownley

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255  : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

1 comment:

bobbie said...

I love you, mess and all. And if this is helping you in this midst of this insanity, I am thinking holiday presents for everybody! Hugging you.

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