Liberating Losses: When Death Brings Relief

Liberating Losses When Death Brings Relief When someone dies those left behind are expected to grieve But as taboo as it is to admit not every death brings great sadness Labeled nontraditional grief response by therapists and counselors a

  • Title: Liberating Losses: When Death Brings Relief
  • Author: Jennifer Elison Chris McGonigle
  • ISBN: 9780738209487
  • Page: 302
  • Format: Paperback
  • When someone dies, those left behind are expected to grieve But, as taboo as it is to admit, not every death brings great sadness Labeled nontraditional grief response by therapists and counselors, a positive reaction following a death is becoming common, especially now that drugs and medical treatments keep people alive much longer than they or their families migWhen someone dies, those left behind are expected to grieve But, as taboo as it is to admit, not every death brings great sadness Labeled nontraditional grief response by therapists and counselors, a positive reaction following a death is becoming common, especially now that drugs and medical treatments keep people alive much longer than they or their families might wish Sometimes we are relieved that our loved one is no longer suffering at the other end of the spectrum, a death might finally free us of an abusive or unhappy relationship In either case, the cultural expectation for sadness, loneliness, and despair only adds to the guilt and conflict felt by many relieved grievers Authors Jennifer Elison and Chris McGonigle have lived through their own liberating losses Illuminating for the first time a reaction that many deem insensitive, inappropriate, or strange, Ellison and McGonigle share their own and others stories, thoughtful clinical analysis, and pragmatic counsel Wise, compassionate, and groundbreaking, Liberating Losses expands the traditional definition of grief and, in so doing, generously validates the feelings that so many feel obliged to hide.

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    1. Well, well, well. The Emperor has no clothes. My favourite passage: "Fully 73.3% of bereaved identified relief as one of their primary responses following a death. 23% said they felt emotions more intense than relief - "extreme thankfulness" or "extreme gratitude," "happiness," "delight," and "peace."Although a hellish or crushingly-burdensome relationship is soul-destroying, you're not allowed to say that you're happy someone has died, even if it's true. The book says you're not evil if you're [...]

    2. What a revelation this book was to me- I recommend for anyone who has felt something they didn't expect after a death, or who isn't grieving the way they're "supposed to". Reading other people's stories of complicated grief gives me permission to experience my genuine feelings and not try to edit them for anyone else or out of a sense of guilt or what is not right.

    3. What a relief to finally have permission to be glad someone's dead. The only self help book that was truly helpful.

    4. Very nice to read a book about complicated "non-traditional" grief - no stages, just validating possible conflicting emotions, including relief.

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