Breathing on Purpose

Author: Jessica Zondervan
Publisher: Tate Publishing
ISBN: 1616633905
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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I fell on my face and wept. I prayed for healing. I didn't want to dwell in my misery any longer. I wanted to breathe again, feel again, live life again. In Breathing on Purpose: A Memoir on Surviving the Death of a Loved One, Jessica Zondervan proves there's no stopping God when he's in the spirit of healing. Sharing her awe-inspiring story and the unique circumstances surrounding the back-to-back losses of her parents, she chronicles the miracles of God and his unforeseen guidance that carried her to a place of rest. Known for her gut-wrenching honesty and uninhibited personal experience, Jessica truthfully walks each reader through the dark days and never-ending nights of mourning, as she struggles to find herself on the other side of grief. Revealing her painful struggles with doubt and depression, and her uncounted battles with God, she details how she was able to overcome years of raw anguish, unsheltered grief, and resentment through the grace and healing power of God. Breathing On Purpose is an encouraging and inspirational read for anyone who has suffered the loss of a loved one.

I Wasn t Ready to Say Goodbye

Author: Brook Noel
Publisher: Sourcebooks Incorporated
ISBN: 9781402212215
Format: PDF
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Now updated, this classic guide to mourning the sudden death of a loved one contains advice on coping with difficult emotions, making sense of the world after a loss, where to find support, and much more.

When Breath Becomes Air

Author: Paul Kalanithi
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 0812988418
Format: PDF, Docs
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST • This inspiring, exquisitely observed memoir finds hope and beauty in the face of insurmountable odds as an idealistic young neurosurgeon attempts to answer the question What makes a life worth living? NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review • People • NPR • The Washington Post • Slate • Harper’s Bazaar • Esquire • Time Out New York • Publishers Weekly • BookPage Finalist for the PEN Center USA Literary Award in Creative Nonfiction and the Books for a Better Life Award in Inspirational Memoir At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated. When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi’s transformation from a naïve medical student “possessed,” as he wrote, “by the question of what, given that all organisms die, makes a virtuous and meaningful life” into a neurosurgeon at Stanford working in the brain, the most critical place for human identity, and finally into a patient and new father confronting his own mortality. What makes life worth living in the face of death? What do you do when the future, no longer a ladder toward your goals in life, flattens out into a perpetual present? What does it mean to have a child, to nurture a new life as another fades away? These are some of the questions Kalanithi wrestles with in this profoundly moving, exquisitely observed memoir. Paul Kalanithi died in March 2015, while working on this book, yet his words live on as a guide and a gift to us all. “I began to realize that coming face to face with my own mortality, in a sense, had changed nothing and everything,” he wrote. “Seven words from Samuel Beckett began to repeat in my head: ‘I can’t go on. I’ll go on.’” When Breath Becomes Air is an unforgettable, life-affirming reflection on the challenge of facing death and on the relationship between doctor and patient, from a brilliant writer who became both. Praise for When Breath Becomes Air “I guarantee that finishing this book and then forgetting about it is simply not an option. . . . Part of this book’s tremendous impact comes from the obvious fact that its author was such a brilliant polymath. And part comes from the way he conveys what happened to him—passionately working and striving, deferring gratification, waiting to live, learning to die—so well.”—Janet Maslin, The New York Times “An emotional investment well worth making: a moving and thoughtful memoir of family, medicine and literature. It is, despite its grim undertone, accidentally inspiring.”—The Washington Post “Possesses the gravity and wisdom of an ancient Greek tragedy . . . [Kalanithi] delivers his chronicle in austere, beautiful prose. The book brims with insightful reflections on mortality that are especially poignant coming from a trained physician familiar with what lies ahead.”—The Boston Globe “Devastating and spectacular . . . [Kalanithi] is so likeable, so relatable, and so humble, that you become immersed in his world and forget where it’s all heading.”—USA Today

Men Grief

Author: Carol Staudacher
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications Incorporated
ISBN: 9780934986724
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Explores men's reactions to the death of a loved one, and offers suggestions for enhancing the healing process

Surviving the Death of a Sibling

Author: T.J. Wray
Publisher: Harmony
ISBN: 0307547698
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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When T.J. Wray lost her 43-year-old brother, her grief was deep and enduring and, she soon discovered, not fully acknowledged. Despite the longevity of adult sibling relationships, surviving siblings are often made to feel as if their grief is somehow unwarranted. After all, when an adult sibling dies, he or she often leaves behind parents, a spouse, and even children—all of whom suffer a more socially recognized type of loss. Based on the author's own experiences, as well as those of many others, Surviving the Death of a Sibling helps adults who have lost a brother or sister to realize that they are not alone in their struggle. Just as important, it teaches them to understand the unique stages of their grieving process, offering practical and prescriptive advice for dealing with each stage. In Surviving the Death of a Sibling, T.J. Wray discusses: • Searching for and finding meaning in your sibling's passing • Using a grief journal to record your emotions • Choosing a grief partner to help you through tough times • Dealing with insensitive remarks made by others Warm and personal, and a rich source of useful insights and coping strategies, Surviving the Death of a Sibling is a unique addition to the literature of bereavement. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Just Carry on Breathing

Author: Gary Marson
Publisher: Dark River
ISBN: 9781911121084
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Gary Marson's world collapsed in seconds when he returned home from work to find his wife - Louise - a gifted and much-loved doctor, had taken her life at the age of just 40. Just Carry On Breathing is a powerful, raw, touching and insightful account of Gary's subsequent journey through the first year of widowhood. It follows his attempts to deal with his overwhelming grief, adjust to the daily realities of his loss, make sense of the tragedy of suicide, and begin the task of rebuilding his life. The book explores the universal emotions and issues facing widows and widowers and suicide survivors, including confusion, exhaustion, guilt, numbness, and anger. As the year progresses, Gary touches on topics ranging from faith, remembrance, his changing sense of self, mental illness and the bravery of suicide to the practical aspects of bereavement such as the empty bed, the loss of sex, dealing with his wife's possessions, and holidaying alone. It bears witness to a story which is as much about love and hope as grief and mourning; a story of the resilience of the human spirit in the face of tragedy and loss and, ultimately, one which holds open the possibility of adjustment, recovery, and new life. Inspired by Gary's acclaimed blog, and incorporating new and expanded material, unique to the book, Just Carry On Breathing is an essential read for anybody who has lost their partner, particularly at a young age, or been bereaved by suicide, and for those who want to understand the experience of others in these positions. All the author's royalties will be donated to the Louise Tebboth Foundation and WAY Widowed and Young.

Chicken Soup for the Soul

Author: Jack Canfield
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1453279911
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Rediscover the power of inspiration with timeless stories about the everyday miracles that illuminate the best of the human spirit. Whether you're discovering Chicken Soup for the first time or are a long time fan, this volume will inspire you to be a better person, reach for your highest potential, share your love and embrace the world around you.

A Living Loss Surviving Separation from a Loved One

Author: Barbara Rombough
Publisher: Trafford Publishing
ISBN: 1426957351
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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A LIVING LOSS: Surviving Separation From a Loved One focuses on living losswhen a person becomes estranged from a loved one who still lives - a friend, a partner or a family member. This book focuses on a forced estrangement, wherein one family member (the enforcer) refuses to see another family member (the enforced). There is not necessarily any explanation, which can lead to grief, depression, and eventual decline in health. When a family member is lost to death, the grieving process is shattering. Lives are changed; hearts are broken. Yet, even in the depths of despair, there is hope. There is help, tootherapists, support groups, and other family members. A living loss is soul wounding. Support is often not available for those experiencing this loss. They grieve alone. Resolution is extremely difficult. Even in estrangement, there is hope. Author Barbara Rombough is ready to help you heal. She uses cognitive therapy strategies, relaxation techniques, and so much more to help mend the brokenhearted. It is possible to emerge a different person, renewed with strength, inner peace, and acceptance, whether or not the broken family bonds are ever healed.

Surviving Literary Suicide

Author: Jeffrey Berman
Publisher: Univ of Massachusetts Press
ISBN: 9781558492110
Format: PDF, ePub
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An examination of the effect of suicidal literature on readers - novels and poems that depict, and sometimes glorify, the act of suicide. In particular it explores the work of Sylvia Plath, Virginia Woolf, Ernest Hemingway, Anne Sexton, Kate Chopin and William Styron.

A Grief Like No Other

Author: Kathleen O'Hara
Publisher: Da Capo Press
ISBN: 0786736410
Format: PDF, Mobi
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A Grief Like No Other is the book no one wants to ever have to buy; sadly, many people continue to need it. From 9/11 to Cindy Sheehan's son – from mass tragedies like the recent London bombings to Law and Order type crimes that make the news only to be replaced by another name. As such, more people are left with the aftermath of dealing with the violent death of a loved one. It brings its own special brand of grieving since victim's families can spend years dealing with legal ramifications, guilt, and a myriad of other circumstances that don't accompany "normal" deaths. Kathleen O'Hara knows both sides of this coin. As a therapist, she has counseled hundreds of people dealing with grief. As a mother, she saw her worst fears realized when her college-aged son was brutally murdered in 1999. In the aftermath of Aaron's murder, O'Hara developed the seven stage journey that is at the heart of A Grief Like No Other. Although this is a book for those left behind in the aftermath of violence, it offers concrete and practical steps and stages, allowing family and friends safe passage through this incredibly harrowing journey.