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“This book aims to help you relearn your world . . . to help you navigate the grieving process as best you can—without hiding from your feelings or denying the reality, or significance, of your loss.”
—from Resilient Grieving
The death of someone we hold dear may be inevitable; being paralyzed by our grief is not. A growing body of research has revealed our capacity for resilient grieving, our innate ability to respond to traumatic loss by finding ways to grow—by becoming more engaged with our lives, and discovering new, profound meaning.
Author and resilience/well-being expert Lucy Hone, a pioneer in fusing positive psychology and bereavement research, was faced with her own inescapable sorrow when, in 2014, her 12-year-old daughter was killed in a car accident. By following the strategies of resilient grieving, she found a proactive way to move through her grief, and, over time, embrace life again.
Resilient Grieving offers an empowering alternative to the five-stage Kübler-Ross model of grief—and makes clear our inherent capacity for growth following the trauma of a loss that changes everything.
About the Author
Lucy Hone, PhD, received her master’s degree in applied positive psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, the world-renowned home of the field. Today, she’s a researcher in resilience/well-being at the Auckland University of Technology.
Karen Reivich, PhD, a leading expert in the fields of resilience, depression prevention, and Positive Psychology, is the Director of Training Programs for the Penn Positive Psychology Center.
★ 2017 Foreword INDIES Bronze Winner
“Hone shows us how to harness the (thankfully common) power of our own resilience to work our way through a horrible loss.”—The New York Times Book Review
“A recommended new book for those who are grieving . . . [Hone’s] metaphor for life after loss is both powerful and apt: Think of it as a scattered jigsaw puzzle, where the pieces of one’s former life have been scattered and now must be reconfigured in a new way.”—The Wall Street Journal
“The text provides an honest account of the personal struggles of families who experience sudden loss. There are no apologies made for stepping away from what some would consider social expectations during times of grief. It is that naked vulnerability that brings authority to the work.”—Choice
“There is a wealth of empathetic information in this book that will undoubtedly be uplifting to all who are grieving or know of others in the process.”—Library Journal
“A touching account of loss and a practical, research-based guide for finding hope and strength.”—Adam Grant, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Originals and Option B