The Good Grief Journal

A Journey toward Healing

The Good Grief Journal

A Journey toward Healing

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Every loss “deserves a fitting grief,” Jill Alexander Essbaum assures journalers in The Good Grief Journal, a path toward healing for those who grieve.

Each of the ten meditations in this journal corresponds to a stage of grief as outlined in Granger E. Westberg’s classic book Good Grief.

The meditations are followed by prompts and questions to help readers reflect on both the nature and effects of their loss. Scripture passages, poems, and quotes from a variety of sages and artists offer further inspiration for this journey of discovery.

Endorsements

...an excellent resource for spiritual directors and others in the ministry of healing

At the heart of this beautiful journal are Jill Alexander Essbaum’s words, ‘I’m not the expert on your grief. You are.’ Through poetry, Scripture, and evocative questions, Essbaum leads readers into their own unique processes of grieving. The Good Grief Journal is an excellent resource for spiritual directors and others in the ministry of healing.

Jane E. Vennard | author of "Fully Awake and Truly Alive: Spiritual Practices to Nurture Your Soul"

This journal is practical and therapeutic

While grief is a process, it does not have to be an endless journey. This journal is practical and therapeutic in its overall approach. It’s inspirational in the meditations and writing prompts composed by an immensely talented poet and novelist who knows what it is to experience loss and nevertheless to journey toward hope

Jill Peláez Baumgaertner | poetry editor of "The Christian Century"

The moment you read the first few pages of The Good Grief Journal, you know you chose the right book

The moment you read the first few pages of The Good Grief Journal, you know you chose the right book out of all the other books offered. Essbaum speaks of grief with a depth and sensitivity that can only come from personal experience.
What she outlines in these brief pages is a journaling map. A map that, by use of poems, meditations, prayer, and biblical verse, can help guide one through the suffering of personal pain and lose. This is a beautiful book. It offers, if not healing through journaling, a solid way to begin that process.

Michelle C. Halsall | MDiv, LPC, Diplomate Jungian Analyst

The Good Grief Journal makes room for you no matter how you may be experiencing grief.

The Good Grief Journal is a hospitable, soulful place to sit down with your grief, no matter what kind, and engage with open-ended questions, poems, prompts, quotes, verses of Scripture, and lots of lined, open space to write your thoughts, feelings, and prayers. A variety of themes makes room for you no matter how you may be experiencing grief: from shock, to physical pain, to guilt, to resistance. A worthy companion for a painful journey.

Heidi Haverkamp | author of "Holy Solitude: Lenten Reflections with Saints, Hermits, Prophets and Rebels"

This journal will empower readers who are experiencing their dark night of the soul to go deep and face their darkest hour with courage.

I appreciate this wise and poetic, courageous and kind approach to loss and grief and mourning and healing. This gentle and respectful voice will empower readers who are experiencing their dark night of the soul to go deep and face their darkest hour with courage. The literary offerings throughout this book are brilliantly chosen to resonate with the themes and stages that provide guidance and comfort.

Robert Zucker | grief counselor, author of "The Journey Through Grief and Loss: Helping Yourself and Your Child When Grief is Shared"

Reviews

"At the heart of this beautiful journal are Jill Alexander Essbaum's words, 'I'm not the expert on your grief. You are.' Through poetry, Scripture, and evocative questions, Essbaum leads readers into their own unique processes of grieving. The Good Grief Journal is an excellent resource for spiritual directors and others in the ministry of healing."
—Jane E. Vennard, author of Fully Awake and Truly Alive: Spiritual Practices to Nurture Your Soul

"While grief is a process, it does not have to be an endless journey. This journal is practical and therapeutic in its overall approach. It's inspirational in the meditations and writing prompts composed by an immensely talented poet and novelist who knows what it is to experience loss and nevertheless to journey toward hope."
—Jill Peláez Baumgaertner, poetry editor for The Christian Century

"The moment you read the first few pages of The Good Grief Journal, you know you chose the right book out of all the other books offered. Essbaum speaks of grief with a depth and sensitivity that can only come from personal experience. What she outlines in these brief pages is a journaling map. A map that, by use of poems, meditations, prayer, and biblical verse, can help guide one through the suffering of personal pain and lose. This is a beautiful book. It offers, if not healing through journaling, a solid way to begin that process."
—Michelle C. Halsall, M Div, LPC, Diplomate Jungian Analyst

"The Good Grief Journal is a hospitable, soulful place to sit down with your grief, no matter what kind, and engage with open-ended questions, poems, prompts, quotes, verses of Scripture, and lots of lined, open space to write your thoughts, feelings, and prayers. A variety of themes makes room for you no matter how you may be experiencing grief: from shock, to physical pain, to guilt, to resistance. A worthy companion for a painful journey."
—Heidi Haverkamp, author of Holy Solitutde: Lenten Reflections with Saints, Hermits, Prophets and Rebels

"I appreciate this wise and poetic, courageous and kind approach to loss and grief and mourning and healing. The gentle and respectful voice will empower readers who are experiencing their dark night of the soul to go deep and face their darkest hour with courage. The literary offerings throughout this book are brilliantly chosen to resonate with the themes and stages that provide guidance and comfort."
—Robert Zucker, grief counselor, national speaker, author of The Journey Through Grief and Loss: Helping Yourself and You Child When Grief is Shared

Table of Contents

Preface
"Grief" by Richard Brostoff
Stage One We Are in a State of Shock
Stage Two We Express Emotion
Stage Three  We Feel Depressed and Very Lonely
Stage Four  We May Experience Physical Symptoms of Distress
Stage Five  We May Become Panicky
Stage Six  We Feel a Sense of Guilt about the Loss
Stage Seven  We Are Filled with Anger and Resentment
Stage Eight  We Resist Returning
Stage Nine  Gradually Hope Comes Through
Stage Ten  We Struggle to Affirm Reality

Product Info

  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • ISBN 9781506453095
  • Format Paperback
  • Dimensions 6 x 9
  • Pages 169
  • Publication Date February 1, 2019
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