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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (Dec 1 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380773384
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380773381
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 2 x 15.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 41 customer reviews
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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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For those dealing with loss, it can be an overwhelming process. I came across this little book many years ago, while at a very dark time in my life. I read the pages at random, not starting at the beginning and reading to the end. It was interesting how whatever random page I would choose, seemed to be the page I really needed to read for that particular day. Healing After Loss is a valuable source for those who find themselves in this very raw and emotional time in their lives. .
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"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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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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I was so overwhelmed by grief after my daughter died, and I desperately searched for comfort. Previous reviews led me to buy this book. I knew right away that the author had also lost a daughter. Now, five years later, I still turn to this book. Ms. Hickman understands like only another grieving mother can. I buy several of these books at a time so that I always have one to give.
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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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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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