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This is a timely book written by my talented sister-in-law about grief. Grief is a universal emotion that so many can relate to during these chaotic times. A book well worth reading!​

The Anatomy of GriefThe Anatomy of Grief by Dorothy P. Holinger

Release Date: September 1, 2020

An original, authoritative guide to the impact of grief on the brain, the heart, and the body of the bereaved

Grief happens to everyone. Universal and enveloping, grief cannot be ignored or denied.

This original new book by psychologist Dorothy P. Holinger uses humanistic and physiological approaches to describe grief’s impact on the bereaved. Taking examples from literature, music, poetry, paleoarchaeology, personal experience, memoirs, and patient narratives, Holinger describes what happens in the brain, the heart, and the body of the bereaved.

Readers will learn what grief is like after a loved one dies: how language and clarity of thought become elusive, why life feels empty, why grief surges and ebbs so persistently, and why the bereaved cry. Resting on a scientific foundation, this literary book shows the bereaved how to move through the grieving process and how understanding grief in deeper, more multidimensional ways can help quell this sorrow and allow life to be lived again with joy.

Photo Credit: Kiera Slye

About the Author

Dorothy P. Holinger, Ph.D., was an academic psychologist on the faculty of Harvard Medical School for over twenty-three years. She is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and has her own psychotherapy practice.

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Jennifer Lock Oman, LISW, BCD, is a psychotherapist with over 30 years of professional experience. Her passion has been the study of human emotions, and their centrality in motivation, connection, and change.

We recommend visiting her blog for a variety of articles exploring and understanding human emotions.

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Association for Child Psychoanalysis

The Association for Child Psychoanalysis (ACP)

The ACP is the preeminent organization providing psychotherapeutic help to underserved children. It has a remarkable history and is international in scope.

It is well worth considering for your financial help. The link below will take you to the website for more information. Thank you.

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Excellent collection of books (13 in all) geared toward grades 3-7. This illustrated series is narrated by an unforgettable kid every family can relate to in some manner.  With 13 books in the collection, this is sure to keep a child entertained for awhile.

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