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Sunday, December 1, 2013

Book Review - Surviving the Holidays Without You: Navigating Grief During Special Seasons by Gary Roe

About The Book:

Hospice chaplain Gary Roe has given you a grief survival kit designed for the holidays. Speaking from both personal and professional grief experiences, he will empower you to navigate special seasons with new confidence.

Holidays are difficult, especially when you're grieving the loss of someone you love. You find yourself faced with a host of challenges. You wonder how to:

• deal with unspoken yet powerful expectations, your own and others'
• handle continual memories and reminders of your loved one
• face feeling misunderstood, lonely, and isolated
• process unpredictable emotions and feeling vulnerable
• take yourself and your own heart seriously
• make good choices -what to do, how, and with whom

Finding your way to grieve well over the holidays can be overwhelming without a trusted guide. Gary knows your pain and will walk beside you, offering effective tools to help you face the holidays with hope rather than apprehension.
My Thoughts:
The summer I was sixteen years old, I lost my dad, and then a month later my favorite uncle passed away as well.  Needless to say, the holidays that were to follow were some of the hardest to get through in my life. Especially Christmas - my dad was a big Christmas fan and he always did the holidays up big. Even today, nearly 35 years later, I still miss my dad the most at the holidays.
So when my friend, hospice chaplain Gary Roe, told me about a book he was writing that would deal with grief during the holiday times, I knew that this would be a book that would be so important and so essential to those in need, to those who are hurting and missing their loved ones. And I wasn't wrong!
In his new book, "Surviving the Holidays Without You: Navigating Grief During Special Seasons," Gary taps into his own experience, as well as experiences of those he has worked with during his hospice and pastoral duties, to present thoughtful advice and inspirational advice on how to navigate the stormy waters of grief not only during the holidays, but anytime that a loss is suffered. (And this loss can be through death, but also through the dissolution of a relationship as well, such as in divorce or separation.) 
This slender volume contains so much great comfort and easy-to-apply advice - gently presented, and caringly presented. I wish it had been available back when I was a teenager!  I cannot recommend this book highly enough!  This book will be a special blessing for so many.
About The Author:
Gary is the co-author (with New York Times Best-seller Cecil Murphey) of Saying Goodbye: Facing the Loss of a Loved One (Harvest House, 2013) and Not Quite Healed: 40 Truths for Male Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse (Kregel, 2013). Not Quite Healed has been nominated for the 2013 Lime Award for Excellence in Non-Fiction. He is the author of Good Grief, a free web-based grief recovery course available through his website, and also writes inspirational community service columns for several Texas newspapers. Gary writes and speaks from more than 30 years of ministry experience, including campus ministry, church-planting in Japan, and three pastorates in Texas and Washington. He now serves as a hospice chaplain, writer, and speaker in central Texas. Gary has three adopted Colombian daughters and absolutely loves being a dad.
Visit his website at www.garyroe.com for more information on his books.
Special note - Gary will be presented a week-long series on how to handle grief during the Christmas season from December 2 to December 9.  Be sure to check out his website for more information on this special event.

My thanks to the author for providing a review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my opinion.

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