Grief can drive you to your knees, overtake you suddenly, and challenge you over and over again to find ways to simultaneously live and mourn. Its ability to exhaust us and to shake our stability seems to be greatest on special occasions. It is these landmark days that most challenge our ability to be present and find ways to make it through the day. They demand creativity when grief is at its most befuddling. Mourning and Milestones: Honoring Anniversaries, Birthdays and Special Occasions After a Loved One Dies helps to ease the burden of invention for grievers who are searching for ways to both honor their loss and live in the present.
Widow, and bereavement group facilitator Kathleen Fraser shares her struggle to find ways meet the challenges of these difficult days after the death of her husband. Throughout the book, Kathleen openheartedly shares her own experience with successes, missteps, setbacks and growth. She sheds some guiding light upon the darkness of grief by providing practical starting points for grievers to constructively manage their own landmark days.
Through its stories of engaged healing, Mourning and Milestones reveals that beneath layers of grief, healing can occur. Based upon her own experiences with diminished capacity, fear of getting lost in grief, and a general sense of unmooring, Kathleen offers functional strategies for planning ahead, seeking gratitude where it can be found and trusting others to help. The stories, suggestions and practical ideas provide a natural opening for families to discuss and plan for their own milestones.
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