Book: Baby Boomers Face Grief - Survival and Recovery by Jane Galbraith
categories: Book, Bereavement, Death, Sadness, Boomers, Stages of Grief, Funeral, Parents, Grief
Jane Galbraith about this book: The book is about the experience of grief. The death of my mother and my unexpected reaction to the grief that I experienced showed me that a problem was going to occur as all my friends lose their parents. I had a nursing background so thought I would know how difficult it would be when this happened. I was wrong! The cover symbolizes the struggle of the experience but the eagle in the sky symbolizes the hope and the recovery that can occur. Anyone experiencing grief can benefit as it is a general book about grief.
The message is society's lack of acceptance of grief and the way past generations have taught us to deal with this life event. The author is of the opinion that this generation, known as the baby boomers, through the sheer force of their numbers, has the ability to make positive changes in the way this and succeeding generations handle grief. Ceremonies and rituals surround death and grieving are discussed and suggestions about how to structure a meaningful ceremony to honor loved ones are given. The grieving process is explained; how it differs for all of us; that there is no "right" way to grieve and that the pain of grieving cannot be avoided. Suggestions are offered for managing grief. The book makes it clear that change can occur in our society, with this generation, that will allow people to manage grief in a constructive way; that sharing experience can allow others to be more prepared and more open in dealing with this life altering experience and that people can find comfort in knowing that others have had similar experiences. This book allows a glimpse into what we will all face and some strategies to cope with our loss, in an easy to read, personal narrative format.
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