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Four Funerals and a Wedding: Resilience in a Time of Grief par [Smolowe, Jill]
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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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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 259 pages
  • Editeur : She Writes Press (8 avril 2014)
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  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00IQOJ6CU
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15 internautes sur 15 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Moving -- and encouraging! 29 mars 2014
Par ColoDaisy - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
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.
6 internautes sur 6 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 "What else, in the end, can you give but your love?” Jill Smolowe 23 juin 2014
Par Elaine Mansfield - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
'Four Funerals and a Wedding' is a powerful story of uncomplicated, unencumbered grief and the resilience most of us have when we face life's losses.

Jill Smolowe's book focuses on life during her husband’s illness and after his death as she juggles the needs of her daughter, her career, and other family members in crisis. She shows how one woman handles the impossible while holding on to her own dear life.

I’m deeply moved by Smolowe's unsentimental devotion to her husband: “In all my life, I have never felt my priorities so clear, my concerns so unambiguous and well-founded, my hours as well spent. I have never loved so generously. I have never felt so cherished.”

Daring to reveal her impatience with other's attempts to comfort her, she teaches us to support friends by asking what they need rather than offering platitudes. She supports herself by spending time with people who lift her out of her personal soup. She also kicks tires.

Smolowe grabs daily life and learns the power of resilience. She sinks into grief when alone and then carries on. “I disappear through a hole at the center of the earth. Then I resurface and go on. …I know I will push back up and be okay.” As life unfolds with new demands and a new relationship, Smolowe’s husband remains a vivid and constant presence in her inner world. She honors him as she learns to honor her daughter's unique own path through grief as well as her own. She sends letters of gratitude to the living and focuses on the blessings of life as it is while teaching us how to grieve and heal in our own time, in our own way.
3 internautes sur 3 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
2.0 étoiles sur 5 A disappointing read 15 mars 2016
Par KM - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
I was disappointed in this book, especially given so many positive reviews. Part of my difficulty was personal--as a widow myself, I could not relate at all to the author's perspective. I must be in that very small percent of people she refers to as having "acute" or "chronic" grief. Six months after the death of her husband, she was dating. Six months after the death of my husband, I still find it hard to get out of bed. The absolute last thing on my mind is dating. I still go to work, take care of my family, see friends, etc. but unlike the author's account of her experience, I feel an overwhelming sadness most of the time. For people who are resilient (as the author terms it), this might be a very reassuring book. I have always considered myself resilient, but in this regard, I guess I am not. So, the book ended up making me feel worse when I had hoped to feel more optimistic. The other issue for me was that, unlike other readers, I found the book to be plodding and a bit repetitive. I was also bothered by small but annoying semantic issues, such as when the author wrote that if "worst came to worst" instead of "if worse came to worst." But that may be because the book put me in a bad mood, and that is certainly not the author's fault. After the many losses she experienced in such a short time, I am in awe of her ability to move forward with her life so positively and I am sure her book will continue to help many people who can relate to her perspective.
1 internautes sur 1 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 I laughed and I cried. 29 janvier 2016
Par Wendy - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
I loved this book. Although the circumstances and timing of our widowhood are very different, I could totally relate toi the author's emotions and her perspective of how grief affected her at especially unlikely moments. So many times she found herself thinking or saying, "Where are you?" I do exactly the same! There is someone who mostly parallels my own grief! I'm not a freak, or at least we're both freaks according to preconceptions of how one should grieve. If I had kept a journal and were a talented writer, My accound would parallel this, except for one area. I have no desire to date again. I can't imagine I ever will, but who knows the future? I highly recommend this book to anyone who is or is "not" grieving the loss of someone very close.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 This book helped me to understand the grief of friends and family 9 mai 2014
Par AZN8TV - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
I was first attracted to this book because of it's title. Four Weddings and a Funeral is one of my favorite films.

This is a well-written memoir of one woman's journey through four funerals and, after time, one wedding. All parts are written with the razor-edged prose of someone who has lived through hell and back. This is NOT a book filled with pity parties and morbid explanations. It is the true story of someone's journey through life.

I was deeply moved by the transition of Jill's relationship with the man she thought she would grow old along side. Her husband suffered through one diagnosis, remission, relapse, remission and the like. Each time, as his body changed and morphed from the healthy man he was to the shadow he became, she connects with him in whatever way she can. All the while, working and taking care of their teenaged daughter.

What this book did for me was to help me to see behind the eyes of one who lived through 4 losses and how each affected her life. As my friends and family members deal with loss of all magnitudes...and yes, myself, I feel as though I have a new way of seeing loss.

This would be a great book to give brothers, sisters, cousins etc of people who are experiencing loss.
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