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The Heart of Grief: Death and the Search for Lasting Love


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In The Heart of Grief, Attig gives us an inspiring and profoundly insightful meditation on the meaning of grief, showing how it can be the path toward a lasting love of those who have died. Recounting dozens of stories of people who have struggled with deaths in their lives, he describes grieving as a transition from loving in presence to loving in separation. The thing we long for most--the return of the one who is missing--is the very thing that we can never have, kindling the intense pain of our loss. But Attig argues that we can, in fact, build an enduring, even reciprocal, love, a love that tempers our pain. He tells stories, for instance, of a young girl taking some of her dead sister's practical advice as she enters high school, a widower realizing how much intimate life with his wife has colored his character, and an athlete drawing inspiration from his dead brother and achieving what they had dreamed of together. Far from forgetting our loved ones, Attig urges us to explore ways in which our memories of the departed can be sustained, our understanding of them enhanced, and their legacies embraced, so they continue to play active roles in our everyday and inner lives.

Groundbreaking and original, inspiring and compassionate, The Heart of Grief offers guidance, comfort, and a new understanding of how we grieve.

About the Author

Thomas Attig is the author of How We Grieve: Relearning the World (OUP). A former professor of philosophy and Past President of the Association for Death Education and Counseling, he is a highly sought-after speaker. He lives in San Francisco, California. He invites you to visit his website,

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Attig, Thomas
Oxford University Press, USA
null, Thomas
Death, Grief, Bereavement
Death / Grief / Consolation
Death & Dying
Psychology, Clinical
Psychotherapy -- Counseling.
Self-Help; Grief
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5 x 8.8 x 1 in 0.981 lb

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