Love, Loss, and the Heart­break­ing Path of Grief

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Joanne Cac­cia­tore, Wis­dom Pub­li­ca­tions Soft­cover $15.95 (248pp), 978-1-61429-296-8

Bear­ing the Un­bear­able: Love, Loss, and the Heart­break­ing Path of Grief, by Joanne Cac­cia­tore, cov­ers the in­cred­i­bly dif­fi­cult topic of grief. With the in­sight that only some­one who has ex­pe­ri­enced deep per­sonal grief can of­fer, the au­thor shares wis­dom and ad­vice for deal­ing with the most painful losses.

The book is gen­tle but hon­est. It does not dis­miss grief or of­fer useless plat­i­tudes. It does not teach skills or prac­tices in­tended to over­come or move be­yond grief. In­stead, us­ing spe­cific ex­am­ples from Cac­cia­tore’s own life and from the lives of those whom she has coun­seled, the book em­braces the idea that grief is the other side of love, and that it is nec­es­sary to truly ex­pe­ri­ence it, to ac­knowl­edge and ac­cept that it can oc­cupy a per­ma­nent place in the heart and mind. The book fo­cuses on liv­ing with grief and al­lows for the pos­si­bil­ity that love and hap­pi­ness, even beauty and joy, can ex­ist in tan­dem with the kind of grief that never ends.

The book in­cludes many help­ful ideas for liv­ing with grief. The au­thor states, “Grief, by its very na­ture, is labyrinthine and enig­matic; its im­pli­ca­tions are emo­tional, phys­i­cal, so­cial and in­ter­per­sonal, eco­nomic, spir­i­tual, and ex­is­ten­tial.” The tech­niques for liv­ing with grief are there­fore as myr­iad as the ways it can af­fect one’s life. Ex­am­ples in­clude ev­ery­thing from sim­ply mak­ing self-care a pri­or­ity to keep­ing an emo­tional journal, ob­serv­ing cul­tural or re­li­gious rit­u­als, and join­ing sup­port groups and work­ing to help oth­ers who are deal­ing with grief.

Bear­ing the Un­bear­able is an es­pe­cially pow­er­ful book. It is not just for those who have suf­fered a loss. Any­one who’s try­ing to deal with a loss, or any­one who know some­one deal­ing with a loss, (and in truth, isn’t that ev­ery­one?) will ben­e­fit from read­ing this amaz­ing book.

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