Companion Through The Darkness: Inner Dialogues On Grief

Paperback | January 27, 1993

byStephanie Ericsson

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As a result of her own experience with many kind of loss, Stephanie Ericsson offers an intimate, profoundly touching guide for those in grief, legitimizing the complex and often taboo emotions we all feel when loss transforms our lives. In Companion Through the Darkness, Stephanie Ericsson defines grief as "the constant reawakening that things are now different." Using a very simple format -- which combines excerpts from her own diary writings with brief essays -- she vividly speaks the language of loss and captures the contradictory, wrenching, and chaotic emotions of grief. The book can be opened at any point to chapters no more than a few pages long on such themes as:

Abandonment: The sudden state I am forced into. I no longer belong to you. I no longer belong to anyone.

Rage: The state I use to survive seemingly moments of intolerable pain.

Humor: The backside of agony.

Pity: The look on people's faces when they haven't a clue what to say to me.

Transition: The moments, strung out over months, when I know I am no longer the woman I was, but not quite the woman I am becoming.

The result is compelling, intimate, and heartbreakingly truthful -- a book that promises to be enormously sought-after support and touchstone for all those making their own journey through grief.

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Certain to be an indispensable guide to millions, this work by the author of Shamefaced offers an innovative and profoundly touching series of meditations on grief in all its seasons and emotions. Themes such as Rage, Exile, Abandonment, Silences, and Spiritual Awakenings can be found throughout the book in chapters no more than one or...

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As a result of her own experience with many kind of loss, Stephanie Ericsson offers an intimate, profoundly touching guide for those in grief, legitimizing the complex and often taboo emotions we all feel when loss transforms our lives. In Companion Through the Darkness, Stephanie Ericsson defines grief as "the constant reawakening th...

Stephanie Ericsson is a screenwriter and advertising copywriter and the author ofShameFacedandRecovering Together.She began writing a journal of her experiences after the loss of her husband while she was pregnant with their only child, and later published a widely acclaimed excerpt from the book in theUtne Reader.A frequent speaker on...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.47 inPublished:January 27, 1993Publisher:HarperCollins

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ISBN - 10:0060969741

ISBN - 13:9780060969745

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Certain to be an indispensable guide to millions, this work by the author of Shamefaced offers an innovative and profoundly touching series of meditations on grief in all its seasons and emotions. Themes such as Rage, Exile, Abandonment, Silences, and Spiritual Awakenings can be found throughout the book in chapters no more than one or two pages long.