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Finding your Way After Your Parent Dies [Paperback]

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Pages   124
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.5" Width: 5.7" Height: 0.4"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2000
Publisher   Ave Maria Press
ISBN  0877936943  
EAN  9780877936947  

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Rev. Richard Gilbert has created a compassionate guide for those struggling with the loss of a parent. Bringing many years of experience in bereavement counseling, Gilbert sketches out some of the issues that arise in the wake of a parent's death and offers practical suggestions for navigating these difficulties. From the disorientation that can come immediately after death to relating to the surviving parent to healing old emotional wounds, the topics dealt with here will be of tremendous help to many.

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Finding Your Way After Your Parent Dies  Jan 17, 2008
I am only two chapters into this book and already it has been such a help to me. So many things have been discussed about the emotions I have. The author hits it right on to the feelings we have and dealing with grief. I lost my Mom at 82 five months ago and it has been the hardest thing I have gone through. A part of me is gone. Life will never be the same but he has helped me to understand that the feelings I have are normal. A great book for someone who has lost a loved one.
Help for those who are sorrowing  Feb 13, 2004
The loss of a parent is one of the profoundly life-changing traumas of our lives. As we grieve for our mother or father, we often wonder where to turn to understand our feelings and our frustrations. This is a book that can help us in the many and varied aspects our sorrow. In Finding Your Way after Your Parent Dies, the author, Richard B. Gilbert, walks with us each step of the way. Gilbert is a minister in the Evangelical Anglican Church in America and a specialist in bereavement care. In this slim volume, Gilbert serves as a trusted friend in helping those who are grieving walk step by step through this particular dark valley.

Although he writes primarily for those who are recently bereaved, the author has a fine chapter for those who lost a parent many years ago, in childhood, and who are now dealing with that loss as an adult. Other chapters deal with relating to your surviving parent, how to deal with loneliness, marking appropriate boundaries, practicing healthy living, seeking counseling and the gift of time. Each chapter concludes with a summary page that offers a brief, inspirational thought, an opportunity for doing something related to that issue, and lovely prayers.

Among the very helpful aspects of the book one of the best is the long list of resources in the back, separated by the chapter topics. It would certainly be a starting point for those who either want to explore an aspect of the book further, or who were not helped by that particular section of the book and need "something more." There are resources listed that are written specifically for men or for women, both of whom have specific and not necessarily similar concerns when a parent dies. When a man's father dies, for example, he is often faced not only with the reality that his turn is next, but also about how much of his life has already "slipped by". If untended, such grief can lead to some of the more extreme behaviors of what is often dubbed a "midlife crisis". In the back of the book there is also a selection of helpful scripture, hymns and prayers.
This book may not be for everyone who is grieving for a parent; since each person grieves in her or his own way. Certainly there are alternative, including talking to trusted family members, friends, pastors and those who have waked the same path of sorrow. And there is a place for silence as well, a period of time when the subject is too painful to read or talk about. While this book may not be what every recently bereaved son or daughter needs, it is a warm and empathetic book, worth considering.
One final note, this is a companion to the book to Finding Your Way after Your Child Dies, from the same publisher.

Rewrite Required  Sep 22, 2003
This book is not useful, it glosses over so many key themes and can be considered condescending. The style tries to appear 'spiritual' but is instead, laced with traditional religious tones. I suggest they get it straight, one way or another, and not try to appear to be what it is not. Secondly, having read a dozen of these books upon the anniversary of a parents death, I find this book to be the least appealing. It states that it does not have a custom-packaged solution to something as personal as grief, yet, one finds these mini-solutions laced up throughout the book. I suggest you not read the book, much less purchase it, unless you have absolutely nothing better to do. I'm sorry I purchased it.
Finding Your Way after Your Parent Dies  Jan 15, 2001
My mother and my oldest son were killed in an automobile accident seven months ago. I have already read many books on coping with the death of a child and losing a loved one through sudden death. This is the first one I have read on dealing with the death of a parent. I found the chapters to be too short and not enough depth. I did, however, like the "Thought, Opportunity, and Prayer" section at the end of each chapter.
Finding Hope  Jul 25, 2000
There are many books and articles on grief, there are also many books and articles on spirituality. This is the first book that ties them together in such a sensitive way. It acknowledges the questions and thoughts we have at this confusing time in our lives. It gently plants the seed of opportunity, as well as offers hope. The Thought, Opportunity and Prayer part of each chapter allows us the ability to be slective in what we want to accomplish, while keeping us focused for short periods of time. This allows us to bring closure to some areas and move on to others. With the loss of a parent, you are truly trying to find your way, Richard Gilbert helps us start this journey. If you have lost a parent, this book brings you comfort on your journey. It is a gentle journey that brings us hope to finding our way.

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