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Resilient Grieving

How to Find Your Way Through a Devastating Loss

By Lucy Hone

Foreword by Karen Reivich

Resilient Grieving offers an empowering alternative to the five stages of grief—and makes clear our capacity for growth following the trauma of a loss that changes everything

As heard on NPR’s Hidden Brain and CBS News

The death of someone we hold dear may be inevitable; being paralyzed by our grief is not. Recent 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 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.

“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

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★ As heard on NPR’s Hidden Brain and CBS News
★ 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

“For anyone who has lost a loved one—Dr. Hone’s Resilient Grieving is an essential tool and beautifully written.”—Dr. Tara Narula, CBS News

“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

“Resilience researcher Lucy Hone began to question how we think about grief after a devastating loss in her own life. She shares the techniques she learned to help her cope with tragedy.”—NPR’s Hidden Brain

“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
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March 21, 2017