I have received a free paperback copy of the book Grief Day By Day: Simple Practices and Daily Guidance for Living with Loss by Jan Warner to review. You may find out more about the author on her blog.
Here is the book blurb.
Grief Day by Day offers supportive readings and exercises to help you move through life after loss, one day at a time.
Grief is complex. It is ever changing and may come to us differently on any given day. Grief Day by Day offers reflections and practices that address the day-to-day feelings that accompany the ever changing process of grief.
In Grief Day by Day, Jan Warner draws on her own extensive experience and the experiences of the 2 million followers on her Grief Speaks Out Facebook page to offer hope in its most practical form. This book does not look to offer a solution to grief. Rather, it provides supportive, useful guidance to help you create a life in which peace, and even gratitude, can coexist with your grief.
Inside the pages of Grief Day by Day you’ll find:
- 365 Daily Reflections that include quotes, meditations, and other musings on grief
- Weekly Themes that capture common feelings and experiences such as: Loneliness, Things Left Unsaid, Unhealthy Coping Mechanisms, Guilt, and Intimacy
- 52 Healing Exercises that help you process your feelings at the end of each week and develop skills for coping with grief as it arises
There is no “right way” to grieve, and there is no right way to use this book. Whether you follow it page by page, or select that which seems most relevant to you at the moment, how you use this book is less important than why you are using it. You’re using this book because you have chosen to honor your experience, to make a home for your grief, and to find a new way of living on the bridge between loss and life.
Bereavement is something that sadly we all have to deal with at some stage. So when I was asked if I would like to review this book, only a few months after one of my relatives had died in tragic circumstances, I agreed to give it a read.
The book is set out in a chronological order from week 1 to week 52, but right at the start, it says there is not right or wrong way to use it. I chose to read it from start to end, but you may prefer to dip in and out, or skip parts entirely. It is up to the reader, as this book is designed to help you with simple practices and daily guidance for living with loss. We are all affected differently and grieve in our own way.
It includes reflective quotations for each day along with a “Becoming a Grief Whisperer” healing exercise each week. The weeks are on themes. I only chose to do a few of the exercises, because as I say, it is up to each individual. I found it to be sensitively written in a supportive manner.
Grief Day by Day is available on Amazon, currently priced at £13.99 in paperback and is also available in Kindle and audiobook format. A helpful book for those grieving.
About the author – Jan Warner
When my husband died, I thought I would sadly miss him. Instead I was devastated. After the first chaotic year I began to rebuild my life by honoring him. I became available to grieving people the way he, as a recovering alcoholic, was available to alcoholics and addicts. I wrote a blog. Five years ago, I started a FB page, Grief Speaks Out. It is a loving, supportive international community of 2.4 million people. My book, Grief Day By Day: Simple Practices and Daily Guidance for Living With Loss has been called a soothing balm for a wound and an outstretched hand in friendship. I have a Master’s in Counseling Degree and have studied NLP, and hypnotherapy. In becoming fully alive with grief I have produced documentary films and an off-Broadway play. I’m a vagabond who has been to all seven continents. I love being a grandmother.
Disclosure. This post is a review of a book I was sent for free. All opinions are my own.