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  • Paperback Edition
    • 978-1-03-913638-0
    • 5.5 x 8.5 inches
    • Black & White interior
    • 174 pages
  • Hardcover Edition
    • 978-1-03-913639-7
    • 5.5 x 8.5 inches
    • Black & White interior
    • 174 pages
  • Keywords
    • Death and dying,
    • Grief and bereavement,
    • Grief journey,
    • Self-help,
    • Healing,
    • Widows,
    • Partner loss

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Demystifying Grief
What You Need to Know to Heal
by Diane Kirby

There are an estimated 258 million widows worldwide. Demystifying Grief is a primer for women who’ve lost their partners, an accessible handbook on the physical, emotional, and behavioral effects of grief, and how to survive and heal. In June 2018, Diane Kirby’s life partner of forty-six years died suddenly and unexpectedly. In the aftermath, she discovered that the death of one’s partner is a traumatic, painful, and incredibly solitary experience, particularly in a death-denying society. Divided in two parts, this book deals first with survival, for when grief is fresh, all one can do is simply exist; this section covers the most common reactions to grief, such as grief fog, triggers, and touchstones. The second part deals with healing, for there comes a time when grievers want to do more than just survive; this section covers topics such as grief work, rituals, and growth. Applying social science and personal experience, this author has written a smart, concise, and compassionate guide, delving into the deeply necessary what, why, and how of grief.

Diane Kirby B.A., LL.B, is a retired lawyer who lives in London, Ontario (Canada), with her dog and cat. She began writing essays to process her grief following the death of her husband David. She is also enrolled at King’s University College, where she studies Thanatology (the study of dying, death, and grieving). Demystifying Grief, her debut book, is the unification of her personal essays and grief scholarship. It is the book she wishes she had had the opportunity to read when she started her grief journey.


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