About Grief.

Author:Yokel, Dindy
Position:Book review

Ron Marasco (author), Brian Shuff (author); ABOUT GRIEF; (Nonfiction: Self-Help) $22.95 ISBN: 9781566638586

Byline: Dindy Yokel

About Grief creates a safe haven for the suffering and their family, friends, and co-workers.

Placing the book in context, Ron Marasco and Brian Shuff write, "All the stories and information in this book are here for one reason: to help you realize that you are not the only one." Their language is contemporary, driving the message home without sugar coating: "Our aim is to make you feel less lonely, and frankly, less nuts."

The authors discovered that "If you talk about grief openly and honestly, people will talk back." This sentence sets the stage for a book-long conversation about compassionate and insightful thinking. "We don't do grief," writes Joan Didion. "Yet grief still does us," state the authors. The cultural imperative to put on a happy face resonates with readers. The implied imperative is to "act as if," to pretend that sadness is not part of each minute of each day.

Elisabeth KA1/4bler-Ross famously defined the five stages of grieving in On Death and Dying in 1969: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. However, the acclaimed psychiatrist noted that those experiencing a cataclysmic loss do not trudge through every stage or in a unified order. Marasco and Shuff incorporate the KA1/4bler-Ross model in their "trajectory of grieving."

For the literary addicts among us, the book references Joan Didion's Magical Thinking, a gut wrenching account of the death of her husband, writer John Gregory Dunne. Luminaries who weigh-in on the subject of grief...

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