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Four Funerals and a Wedding: Resilience in a Time of Grief [Format Kindle]

Jill Smolowe

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When journalist Jill Smolowe buried her husband, sister, mother, and mother-in-law in the space of seventeen months, she assumed that it was only a matter of time before she fell apart. That’s what all the movies and memoirs say will happen, after all. But when she never “lost it”—and when friends began to insist that her strength was amazing and unusual—she began to think there might be something freakish about her way of grieving, so she did what any self-respecting journalist would: she researched it.

In Four Funerals and a Wedding, Smolowe jostles preconceptions about caregiving, defies clichés about losing loved ones, and reveals a stunning bottom line: far from being uncommon, resilience like hers is the norm among the recently bereaved. With humor and quiet wisdom, and with a lens firmly trained on what helped her tolerate so much sorrow and rebound from so much loss in her own life, she offers answers to questions we all confront in the face of loss, and ultimately reminds us all that grief is not only about endings—it’s about new beginnings.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 259 pages
  • Editeur : She Writes Press (8 avril 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Inspiring memoir emphasizing the resilience in a time of grief. 26 mars 2014
Par Jeremy Wasser - Publié sur Amazon.com
Jill Smolowe's memoir, Four Funerals and a Wedding, offers an inspiring and honest first-hand experience of dealing with loss and finding new love in a time of grief. As someone who lost his mother a little over three years ago, I find that this book provides great insight into how life still goes on even in the darkest moments. By focusing on the resilience in a time of grief, Jill's story gives hope to those who are dealing with loss. Although we can't ignore the pain and sorrow that comes with the loss of a loved one, by putting one foot in front of the other, we find happiness by creating our own new chapters.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 An upbeat read about love, loss, and love again. 26 mars 2014
Par Abby Weissman - Publié sur Amazon.com
The author, Jill, begins the book as someone who doesn't know what to say to a female acquaintance whose husband is seriously ill. Soon afterward she becomes that woman, and sees the experience from the other side. As soon as Jill's husband is diagnosed with Leukemia, the author becomes "the-wife-of-that-very-sick-man," to much of the outside world. Because of this, she shares how important it is to hold on to your identity, outside of your partner's illness. We join Jill at the receiving end of well-intentioned, but sometimes inappropriate comments, from people who, instead of considering how she is feeling, paint a picture of what grief looks like to them.

Jill experiences loss as a wife, a daughter, and a sister, in a short period of time. Along the way, she shares the sometimes difficult, sometimes poignant, but always loving ways in which she says goodbye to her husband, her mother, and her sister. She does this by putting their needs in front of her own, and calls it "the good goodbye." Isn't that what we all want?

This is a great book for anyone, whether you are personally dealing with the terminal illness or death or a loved one, or care about someone who is.
8 internautes sur 8 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Moving -- and encouraging! 29 mars 2014
Par ColoDaisy - Publié sur Amazon.com
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If you have ever lost someone very close to you, Jill’s personal story will speak to your heart and give you courage. I felt I was alone in this widow-world, but this book opened my mind. Coming to terms with death is painful, it’s a struggle, it’s all that. But it’s part of the human condition and no one can express that as Jill Smolowe can, with all the sorrow, frustration, anger, and yes, even the hands-on-hips humor. You’ll feel better after reading it. And you’ll understand that you can carry on, make your way through life, and know happiness again. Reading this book will help you resurrect your own resilience, the knowledge that you’ll be OK. I loved it.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Myths and Truths 30 mars 2014
Par Paula Span - Publié sur Amazon.com
What if nearly all you've read and heard about grief is just plain wrong? What if, however intensely you loved the person who died, you didn't plunge into a psychological abyss for months or years afterwards? What if you didn't need to air your grief in a support group? If, saddened and sorry, you nevertheless went on with your life and before too very long found other sources of satisfaction and pleasure?

Jill Smolowe knows way too much about surviving the deaths of beloved family members, unfortunately. But she also knows a lot about resilience and recovery, and as she shares what she has learned, she dismantles a number of potent myths. I found "Four Funerals" exceptionally useful, not only in coping with my own losses but in understanding how to help others cope with theirs. It's an enlightening and encouraging guide, from a very skilled observer and writer.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Eloquent, Inspiring and Insightful 15 avril 2014
Par David - Publié sur Amazon.com
Forget everything you've heard about the grieving process. Jill Smolowe's memoir about the death of her husband and other close family members -- and her eventual true-life happy ending -- upends conventional wisdom, providing a new narrative for grief. By turns humorous, matter-of-fact, and wise, Smolowe does not shy away from uncomfortable moments. But she also emphasizes moments of grace with an eloquence that will take your breath away. As she probes deeper into her own feelings and motivations, she's never maudlin or histrionic. You'll feel like you're in the company of a wise, funny, rigorously honest and yet compassionate friend. I found myself in tears several times -- and I also found myself cheering her on. Writing about a new companion, she says, "Together, we discovered that it was possible to be happy and sad at the same time. That we could experience this seeming contradiction together, without need of apology or explanation, helped us to forge a fast connection." Her insights about grieving, and moving beyond grief, should be required reading for all humans. I loved this book.
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