““Having trouble dealing with a loss? Read this book.”
Everyone experiences loss in this life, whether it be the breakup of a relationship, the death of a loved one, or something else. If you are like me who sometimes find loss hard to take, authors David Kessler and Louise Hay can help. They have created a wonderful new book on the subject — You Can Heal Your Heart: Finding Peace After a Breakup, Divorce, or Death.
On the cover of this month’s Unity Magazine, Kessler is called “America’s Leading Grief Expert.” I love how the book mixes Kessler’s expertise with Hay’s affirmation techniques. “Grieving is challenging, but it is our thoughts that often add suffering to our pain,” the authors write in the first few pages. Kessler knows all about grief, Hay knows all about positive thoughts. It’s a powerful combination.
You Can Heal Your Heart is a book that gives readers hope, even in the most dire of circumstances. “Although it’s natural to forget your power after you lose a loved one, the truth is that after a breakup, divorce, or death, there remains an ability within you to create a new reality,” they say. The most common causes of grief are covered in different chapters: a broken romantic relationship, divorce, death of a loved one, even death of a pet. One chapter is devoted to other types of losses, such as losing a job. Regardless of the loss, there is light on the other side according to Kessler and Hay. “Our ultimate wish is for you to discover that no matter what you’re facing, you can heal your heart. You deserve a loving, peaceful life.”
Reading You Can Heal Your Heart caused me to take a fresh look at some of my past losses, and to appreciate the lessons learned through those events. “Life is always moving toward healing,” say the authors. One story that touched me was of Candy Lightner, who lost her first grade son Jesse in the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy. Mrs. Lightner encourages us to “change an angry thought into a loving one, each and every day.” The book is full of other inspiring stories of people who have dealt with loss and have come out on the other side with a positive outlook on life.
“We deeply believe in the affirmation Life loves us, although you may wonder how that applies in loss,” the authors conclude. “It doesn’t mean that you won’t experience loss — but depending on how you hold, perceive, and think about that loss, life can be there for you, even cradling you through your toughest times.” This is a book to read if you are having difficulty with a loss of your own, or to give to a friend or family member going through a similar ordeal.
- Tim Larison
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“A book for life.”
I lost my wife of 42 years to leukemia five months ago. For four months, I was in a very dark and painful place. At 2:30 a.m., I heard the author describing the book on an all-night radio program. I downloaded the eBook version to my Kindle and read the entire book in four hours. I bought the book because I heard the author say that it was ok to be sad and miss your loved one — but you can grieve without suffering. I was suffering — unnecessarily as I was to discover. It was my own negative thoughts that were routinely driving me into a painful downward spiral of self pity and bad memories.
After reading the book I have been able to employ some of the self-help recommendations to completely turn things around in my life. The book was so beneficial for me that I purchased two hard cover books to give to both of my sons. I have never recommended any other book on Amazon or anywhere else for that matter. However, in this case I highly recommend this book to anyone that is suffering due to a traumatic life event, especially the loss of a loved one.
Since the authors made their points by recounting the stories of real life clients, this was a real easy read. One will easily be able to relate to the scenarios developed in this work. I hope this recommendation will help others find the same peace that I have as a result of having read and implemented the insights provided in You Can Heal Your Heart.
- Jim R.
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“My therapist recommended this book which covers all types of grieving.”
I recently lost my dog, Little Dude, in a hit-and-run accident. He died in front of the animal hospital. We were too late. We were walkers and for three weeks I couldn’t go near the park or where he was killed. My therapist recommended this book which covers all types of grieving. For me, the chapter on loss of a pet, got me through some really sad times.
- Carmen Zambrano
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