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Healing After Loss: Daily Meditations for Working Through Grief [Paperback]

Martha Hickman
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Dec 1 1994

For those who have suffered the loss of a loved one, here are strength and thoughtful words to inspire and comfort.


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About the Author

MARTHA WHITMORE HICKMAN is the author of more than twenty books for adults and children. Among her adult titles are The Growing Season, Fullness of Time, and I Will Not Leave You Desolate. Books for young children include And God Created Squash, When Andy's Father Went to Prison, and Eeps Creeps, It's My Room.

A native of Massachusetts and a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Mount Holyoke, she has lived in the south for many years. To her writing she brings the additional perspective of being a wife, mother, grandmother, and sometime editor and teacher. She presently lives with her husband in Nashville, Tennessee.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Tiny shafts of light in the darkness... Aug. 13 2003
Format:Paperback
"Healing After Loss" was given to me after the sudden and unexpected death of our 14 year old son in March. The loss is so terrible and unimagined. We have struggled to go through each day without our only child, our wonderful son.
The friend who gave me the book had lost both her parents and her maternal grandparents within a 10 year span. She actually brought over her own dog-eared copy saying that I needed it now and she didn't have time to get a new one. Since then I have ordered my own as well as copies for my parents, Aunts and Uncles and friends.
This book has incredibly insight, hope, understanding and some new ideas delivered in small doses (the tiny shafts of light in the darkness). Since concentration levels are so affected during grieving, the one page entries are easy to read or skip, if you need a one that will more fit your moment. With grief, at least for me, it seems like my mood and outlook can change so much within a couple days - this book fills many needs.
Although my husband hasn't read it like I have, I will now and again give him a page to read that is particularly insightful for us at that moment and it can, however briefly, help him as well.
At first I read what ever I turned to when I opened it, then I read all the dates that were significant to me, now I am reading it like a daily diary. Last week I was talking to my friend, she has a copy, and although she listened she didn't feel she had an answer for me. Later, she called back giving me a page in the book to read - it was so completely accurate for that moment and feeling - I felt a bit of strength after reading the page.
I cannot say enough about the author and her grace, strength and ability to comfort.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Best Oct. 6 2005
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
After the loss of my son recently I have searched for something to help me deal with the overwhelming grief. This book, 'Healing After Loss' has helped me in so many ways along with another book (E-Book) I read recently, Song Of Cy: Understanding Grief by Katlyn Stewart (Whiskey Creek Press). With the two books I am able to understand the devestating emotions and find a new path to create in this world. I thank both of these insightful authors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Grief Counseling in Book Form! April 29 2001
By sara
Format:Paperback
My best friend and mentor died 8 months ago as I watched. I thought I would never be able to go on...My life suddenly stopped as I was forced not even yet to accept but just try to swallow the fact that Mommy, my pal had been taken away from me and on to meet Our Heavenly Father. Raised to believe in Christ and His redemptive power, now, I was forced to hang on to the belief that my Mother had gone to a better place. well, it just was working. And how could it? This the woman, I have been told, that I was "perilously" too close to... and now no one to go to Atlantic City with, I now would have to go to Livingston Taylor concerts alone and watch pro basketball on TV by myself... I suffer with bipolar disorder and now,on top of it all, I am supposed to really feel like life will go on? Well, yes...'cause it will and it will be a lot easier with this excellent daily, meditative "portable" counselor: Martha Whitmore Hickman's "Healing After Loss." And to think, the book was given to me by my ex... Don't hesitate to get this necessary book if you are grieving the loss of a loved one! I am purchasing 10 copies to give as gifts to family members.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm not alone when I'm with Healing After Loss Oct. 25 2003
Format:Paperback
My husband of only 19 yrs. died 10 days after a work-related accident. We had no children and the house is so unbelieveably empty. People don't know what to say so they say nothing and leave me grieving alone. Someone gave me her copy of Healing After Loss saying she needed it back when I was thru with it. I had it only a few days when I knew I had to have my own copy. Ms. Hickman is able to identify my feelings and console me thru her words. Her short, but to-the-point, reflections of pain and unbearable loss recognize and validate what I am experiencing and incorporate, without any pressure to 'get over it' quickly, a gentle support like an arm around my shoulders holding me together until I can support myself. Anyone searching for 'the right words' to say to a grief stricken friend or relative should not hesitate to get this small book of special wisdom for their use and that of the bereaved.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A sense of comfort from a small gift. Jan. 10 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
My beloved mother passed away just two short months ago, and I was devastated! A few weeks later, I received a package from my sister-in-law who lost her husband to cancer almost four years ago. I opened it up and found a copy of Healing After Loss. My sister-in-law included a note saying that another sister-in-law gave her a copy when her husband passed away, and thought it might help me through a difficult time. Initially, I put it on my nightstand, unable to even open it up. It was only after my sister-in-law called to see if I liked it that I began to read the passage for that particular day. Since then, it has become a morning ritual. Many times I cry as I read the passage, but I always seem to find some comfort in the words I read. I plan to purchase this book for my two sisters in the hope that they too will find comfort in the daily passages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The writing is beautiful and so profound in its wisdom
The writing is beautiful and so profound in its wisdom. It expresses what the heart and soul is feeling at a time when you are in such emotional turmoil. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mahara Wardel
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gem:)
Healing After Loss is an absolute favourite among the bereaved that we serve:) The books' truths resonate fully for them:)
Published 2 months ago by Della Ferguson
5.0 out of 5 stars THE book to give to others experiencing grief!
This is the book I buy and give to family and friends experiencing loss. I've done this several times now and the book has been so appreciated just as I appreciated the book when... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Elaine Weidner
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST I'VE EVER LISTEN TO!!!!!
Excellent audio book for healing! The narrator is amazing!! I listen to it every night !!! No matter how short or long you have lossed a loved one!
Published 3 months ago by Paula
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful book to help someone through their grief
I have given this book to many friends and clients who have suffered grief in the past few years. Every one of them has said how sensitive and encouraging the book is. Read more
Published 6 months ago by C. Westin
5.0 out of 5 stars Very comforting
I read the daily meditations every morning. They are very comforting and move you through your grief at a nice pace. I would recommend this to anyone who has lost a loved one.
Published 21 months ago by J. M. McCormick
5.0 out of 5 stars Someone who understands
I was so overwhelmed by grief after my daughter died, and I desperately searched for comfort. Previous reviews led me to buy this book. Read more
Published on Aug. 20 2011 by Vina
5.0 out of 5 stars Offers a lot of comfort
There are several books that really helped me and this was one. It gave me inspiration when I needed it the most.
Published on June 8 2004 by "haywood611"
5.0 out of 5 stars Uplifting
I recommend Healing After Loss because it is uplifting. We have to keep our minds positive to make it through the sorrow. Read more
Published on April 15 2004 by friendlyreader
5.0 out of 5 stars Healing After Loss - A Treasure
Healing After Loss is a treaure. No matter what the circumstances surrounding the death of a loved one, the author relates to the core of grief and the myriad of emotions one... Read more
Published on June 30 2003 by Donna M. Authers
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