The Wild Edge of Sorrow explains that grief has always been communal and illustrates how we need the healing touch of others, an atmosphere of compassion, and the comfort of ritual in order to fully metabolize our grief. Weller describes how we often hide our pain from the world, wrapping it in a secret mantle of shame. This causes sorrow to linger unexpressed in our bodies, weighing us down and pulling us into the territory of depression and death. We have come to fear grief and feel too alone to face an encounter with the powerful energies of sorrow.
Those who work with people in grief, who have experienced the loss of a loved one, who mourn the ongoing destruction of our planet, or who suffer the accumulated traumas of a lifetime will appreciate the discussion of obstacles to successful grief work such as privatized pain, lack of communal rituals, a pervasive feeling of fear, and a culturally restrictive range of emotion. Weller highlights the intimate bond between grief and gratitude, sorrow and intimacy. In addition to showing us that the greatest gifts are often hidden in the things we avoid, he offers powerful tools and rituals and a list of resources to help us transform grief into a force that allows us to live and love more fully.
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By August Brunsman III on 14-08-17
Grief for Dummies
Francis blends all of my favorites:
Malidoma Some, Doug von Koss, Robert Moore, Robert Bly, Martin Shaw John Lee, Miguel Rivera, Martin Prechtel, Alice Miller, Carl Gustav Jung, Danny Deardorf, Jay Lemming, Marcus Wise, David Whetstone, Thomas Smith, & Tim Young into a multicolored grief essay! 🌈
Honey in the heart
Thirteen thank yous
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By laurie on 18-02-18
great book, but generically read
really appreciated the point of view and the information, but would have preferred if the author had read it himself, rather than hiring a pro. It loses some of the feeling of the book because it is read in such a generic way