Loving Grief

By Paul Bennett

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Loving Grief

by Paul Bennett

When grief is the form your love takes, where do you turn? Do you escape, or enter, the loneliness, the emptiness, the pain? How much, how slowly, how fast? It’s a blessing when someone can help you feel your own way through what only your heart&

Subjects: Death, Grief, Bereavement

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5.5 x 8.5, paperback
96 pages

ISBN 10: 0-943914-64-7
ISBN 13: 978-0-943914-64-0

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“This is a wonderful book. It broke my heart. It healed my heart. A fine contribution to the shared heart of our grief. Paul has done an outstanding job . . . There is so much love in this work it is not surprising that it increases, then overcomes, gravity.”—Stephen Levine, author of Who Dies?, A Year to Live, Breaking the Drought


It’s a blessing when someone can help you feel your own way through what only your heart can process. That blessing is what Paul Bennett somehow manages to pass along with Loving Grief.

When his wife Bonnie died, Paul lost the one person whose presence had been pivotal to every decision he made about the future.  He discovered that the intensity of his grief matched the depth of his love and learned how to go where it took him, through the depths of loss and into new life he couldn’t have imagined.

Many people who have lost a loved one will find solace and inspiration in this personal, intimate, exquisitely written gem.

Early praise

"In an easily relatable narrative style, Loving Grief provides professionals who support a variety of individuals experiencing a myriad of losses a way to inject optimism, a helpful tool to guide productive conversations. The book is also highly relatable, making it a beneficial instrument for self guided reflection." —DK

“This is a wonderful book. It broke my heart. It healed my heart. A fine contribution to the shared heart of our grief. Paul has done an outstanding job. . . . There is so much love in this work it is not surprising that it increases, then overcomes, gravity.” —Stephen Levine, author of Who Dies?, A Year to Live, Breaking the Drought

"Loving Grief is a sacred text, a guide to the mysteries of grief; mysteries no one would willingly pursue but to which everyone will eventually be initiated. Paul Bennett . . . teaches by example how to keep a broken heart open and growing in love. . . . This book is good nourishment for anyone who is ready to go deeply into life and love." —Allan Schnarr, griefcounselor.org (See full review)

“Since reading Paul Bennett’s powerful book, Loving Grief, I have spent time reflecting on each person I have lost to death with a new sense of appreciation. Loving Grief captures the experience and inspires me. . . . I highly recommend this book. . . . it can provide solace while honoring yourself and providing a path to continue living and loving.” —Miriam Hawley, co-author, Our Bodies, Ourselves

“Raw, complex, and ultimately successful.” —AARP

Loving Grief is not formulaic, not prescriptive; rather, it reminds us that grief is the risk we take when we love, and that love continues even as we adapt to the enormity of loss. . . . In clear, simple language, Paul Bennett shares painfully won insights that are like the comforting presence of a good friend.” —Nina Miller, Nina K. Miller Hospicare Center, Ithaca, NY

“Comforting, hopeful and uplifting! This beautifully written . . . inspiring book will bring comfort and hope to anyone mourning the loss of a love.” —Marty Tousley, bereavement counselor, Hospice of the Valley, Phoenix, AZ

“The solitary road one must walk after losing a loved one is as unique as the love which made life meaningful before the beloved’s death. . . . Paul’s story is an important gift for anyone who has started down that lonely road.” —Richard Harteis, poet, author, Legacy, Marathon

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Click here to read the beginning of Loving Grief in pdf format.

Featured Review

Click here for "Gratitude and Grief: Healing thoughts from Paul Bennett's Loving Grief," a review-article by Elaine Mansfield featured at Gratefulness.org

 

About Paul Bennett

For 35 years as a freelance writer, Paul Bennett was an anonymous voice for movements that shaped American society. His writing drew millions of members and hundreds of millions of dollars into organizations such as EMILY’s List, World Wildlife Fund, Common Cause, and The Wilderness Society and helped elect senators, members of Congress, and governors.

Writing in his own eloquent voice after his wife’s death, Paul reveals the depth of his own experience authentically — and turns a new light on the fundamental nature of grieving.

Book Details

“This is a wonderful book. It broke my heart. It healed my heart. A fine contribution to the shared heart of our grief. Paul has done an outstanding job . . . There is so much love in this work it is not surprising that it increases, then overcomes, gravity.”—Stephen Levine, author of Who Dies?, A Year to Live, Breaking the Drought


It’s a blessing when someone can help you feel your own way through what only your heart can process. That blessing is what Paul Bennett somehow manages to pass along with Loving Grief.

When his wife Bonnie died, Paul lost the one person whose presence had been pivotal to every decision he made about the future.  He discovered that the intensity of his grief matched the depth of his love and learned how to go where it took him, through the depths of loss and into new life he couldn’t have imagined.

Many people who have lost a loved one will find solace and inspiration in this personal, intimate, exquisitely written gem.

"In an easily relatable narrative style, Loving Grief provides professionals who support a variety of individuals experiencing a myriad of losses a way to inject optimism, a helpful tool to guide productive conversations. The book is also highly relatable, making it a beneficial instrument for self guided reflection." —DK

“This is a wonderful book. It broke my heart. It healed my heart. A fine contribution to the shared heart of our grief. Paul has done an outstanding job. . . . There is so much love in this work it is not surprising that it increases, then overcomes, gravity.” —Stephen Levine, author of Who Dies?, A Year to Live, Breaking the Drought

"Loving Grief is a sacred text, a guide to the mysteries of grief; mysteries no one would willingly pursue but to which everyone will eventually be initiated. Paul Bennett . . . teaches by example how to keep a broken heart open and growing in love. . . . This book is good nourishment for anyone who is ready to go deeply into life and love." —Allan Schnarr, griefcounselor.org (See full review)

“Since reading Paul Bennett’s powerful book, Loving Grief, I have spent time reflecting on each person I have lost to death with a new sense of appreciation. Loving Grief captures the experience and inspires me. . . . I highly recommend this book. . . . it can provide solace while honoring yourself and providing a path to continue living and loving.” —Miriam Hawley, co-author, Our Bodies, Ourselves

“Raw, complex, and ultimately successful.” —AARP

Loving Grief is not formulaic, not prescriptive; rather, it reminds us that grief is the risk we take when we love, and that love continues even as we adapt to the enormity of loss. . . . In clear, simple language, Paul Bennett shares painfully won insights that are like the comforting presence of a good friend.” —Nina Miller, Nina K. Miller Hospicare Center, Ithaca, NY

“Comforting, hopeful and uplifting! This beautifully written . . . inspiring book will bring comfort and hope to anyone mourning the loss of a love.” —Marty Tousley, bereavement counselor, Hospice of the Valley, Phoenix, AZ

“The solitary road one must walk after losing a loved one is as unique as the love which made life meaningful before the beloved’s death. . . . Paul’s story is an important gift for anyone who has started down that lonely road.” —Richard Harteis, poet, author, Legacy, Marathon

Click here to read the beginning of Loving Grief in pdf format.

Click here for "Gratitude and Grief: Healing thoughts from Paul Bennett's Loving Grief," a review-article by Elaine Mansfield featured at Gratefulness.org

 

About Paul Bennett

Larson Publications photo of author Paul Bennett

For 35 years as a freelance writer, Paul Bennett was an anonymous voice for movements that shaped American society. His writing drew millions of members and hundreds of millions of dollars into organizations such as EMILY’s List, World Wildlife Fund, Common Cause, and The Wilderness Society and helped elect senators, members of Congress, and governors.

Writing in his own eloquent voice after his wife’s death, Paul reveals the depth of his own experience authentically — and turns a new light on the fundamental nature of grieving.

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