I love books and I love to read! I got this love from my Dad. Thanks Dad! :) As a grief counselor, a lot of my reading choices center around the topic of grief.
One book in particular generated a lot of "talk" at my office and among members of our Coping With Loss support groups - "The Year of Magical Thinking" by Joan Didion. I was led to this book by my husband, Jack. He read a review on this book in Time Magazine and forwarded it to me. Thanks Jack! :)
I loved this book. Joan Didion's writing style is easily understandable, as she writes about her grief experience and her grief process as a result of her husband's sudden passing. Any griever that I have met and has read this book has related to many things she described.
It's one thing for a grief counselor to try to validate and normalize a person's feelings and actions in grief; it's quite another to have a "regular" person write about similar feelings and situations that the reader might be experiencing. There are a lot of "Aha" moments that bring the reader clarity in what can be a very foggy time.
If you are looking for resources that can help answer some questions or help you feel that you are not alone, I highly recommend this book.
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