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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books (Sept. 15 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583949763
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583949764
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 358 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #53,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“In The Wild Edge of Sorrow Francis Weller offers his readers a breath-taking and dramatic journey of inner discovery into personal pain resolution, planetary healing, and soul development. It is an essential publication—one that offers precious guidance and insight for those who are strong enough, as well as mature enough, to probe and challenge the darkness.”
Spirituality Today
 
“The Wild Edge of Sorrow
marries uncommon compassion with clear-eyed discernment in its invitation to the reader to become a soul activist in a soul-devouring culture. It is a comprehensive manual for conscious grieving and opening to the unprecedented joy and passion that result from embracing our sorrow.”
—Carolyn Baker, PhD, author of Love in the Age of Ecological Apocalypse and Collapsing Consciously
 
“The Wild Edge of Sorrow is extraordinary, and explores the ongoing pain of separation from community and nature that we all feel. Reading Weller’s book, I've realized that we have a lot of unprocessed grief to share. This book will be a gift to many.”
—Charles Eisenstein, author of The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible

“Weller guides us into the difficult geography of sorrow and helps us find our way back to our souls. He brings much-needed medicine to a culture that relies upon distraction and anesthesia to cope with the daily losses that surround us.”
—Malidoma Somé, author of The Healing Wisdom of Africa: Finding Life Purpose Through Nature, Ritual, and Community
 
“This book rings a shivering bell of hope: that, when lifted by ritual and fellowship, the moist ground of grief actually contains a treasury of gifts that are our ancestral birthright. A delightful wisdom shines through every page of The Wild Edge of Sorrow.”
—Martin Shaw, author of A Branch From The Lightning Tree

“This book is not only a map to navigate some of the most tender and difficult regions of the psyche, but a work of literary art.”
—Kim Rosen, author of Saved by a Poem: The Transformative Power of Words

“Quite possibly the best guidebook ever crafted on the art of grieving, this volume is also a brilliant and poetic handbook for becoming fully human, more exquisitely alive, and more able to contribute to cultural change. The Wild Edge of Sorrow invites us into the very heart of sorrow, profound healing, and a deepened communion with each other and Earth.”
—Bill Plotkin, author of Wild Mind: A Field Guide to the Human Psyche and Soulcraft: Crossing into the Mysteries of Nature and Psyche
 
"This book is a work of beauty: beauty in its language, its poetic sensibility, in its deep insights into the nature of loss and its effect on the human soul. Weller's book is, finally, a healing balm. It shows how our tears may be the redemptive waters we have needed for so long."
—Roger Housden, author of Ten Poems to Say Goodbye

"Francis Weller’s book, The Wild Edge of Sorrow is so deeply honest, insightful, and hopeful. His style of writing and speaking is poetic, and yet one feels as though they are in conversation with a neighbor. Should you purchase the book, read it with a pen by your side. You’ll want to underline and remember the rich prose on every page."
—Marianna Cacciatore, author of Being There for Someone in Grief

"The warmth of Weller’s voice and his beautiful language, will speak directly to your soul, in a way your soul has longed to feel embraced.  His words will open your heart to receive your own most tender and vulnerable feelings as a gift to be cherished as they may bring forth a new depth of connection to the soul of the world." 
—Dr. Risa Kaparo, author of Awakening Somatic Intelligence

About the Author

FRANCIS WELLER, MFT, is a psychotherapist, writer, and soul activist. A master of synthesizing diverse streams of thought from psychology, anthropology, mythology, alchemy, indigenous cultures, and poetic traditions, he has introduced the healing work of ritual to thousands of people. The core of his work is creating pathways to reclaiming our indigenous soul, what psychologist Carl Jung called the "unforgotten wisdom" that resides in the heart of the psyche. To further his work, he founded and currently directs WisdomBridge, an organization offering educational programs that seek to integrate the wisdom from traditional cultures with the insights and knowledge gathered from western cultures.


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This book is written by a great soul healer. It is a powerful piece of wisdom and not all will see the profundity of this work, but give it a try. I was fortunate to buy the book AND participate in a Wild Edge of Sorrow workshop that made the ideas in the book come to life. I know that not everyone will be able to do that. Francis has an amazing worldview and it may well help much of what is ailing us here on the planet. Personal grief, earth grief, but also his work exudes deep understanding of the tosses and turns and brilliance of life lived. He was asked if he was happier by a friend -- that is not the point. He said he felt more fully alive. I'm not sure if some people are just more open to the beauty of what grief brings but I count myself as fortunate to have stayed open to the truths in his book. He has such a strong sense of clear boundaries and how to balance between the depths of sorrow and the daily affirmation that life is worth living, no matter our sorrows and losses. He's as brilliant as Mark Nepo, in a different way. His calling is around the value of welcoming grief as solitary individuals but also as members of a village, of a community that cares, that sees the work that you have done and is grateful. The book expands your horizons. I'm thinking of readers who might live alone, or in rural areas where it is hard to create community -- so we need to take this book and weave more strategies of how to use these powerful truths on grief and people's hearts, bodies and souls. Maybe we need to do Daily Grief pages, along the lines of Julia Cameron's work. Maybe we just need to keep telling the earth, the plants, the skies, our deepest fissures, our struggles to stay connected to all that is. Buy this book, buy copies for your friends. One of these days, that person will need to find a polestar to be guided home to owning their grief. This book is that gift. Blessings.
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The Wild Edge of Sorrow is poetic and soulful while also pragmatic in its message. As a professional in the field of grief support, Francis Weller has left me revitalized and re-affirmed in my work and ready to offer deeper practices to support others and myself. And as a lover of soulful prose, his words have fed my soul and left me deeply touched. He offers a refreshing perspective that beckons us to re-awaken and re-engage with our soul – both our own soul and the world’s soul – through practices of grief, sorrow and joy. This book invites us to be guided back in to right relationship with ourselves, each-other and our natural environment amid a consumer-society intent on numbing out and forgetting what is important to living vital and meaningful lives. Through personal and professional accounts, therapeutic concepts and tangible exercises, this book is both a cornerstone for any helping professional and a resource for any reader to start their own sacred work through grief and self-awareness, while also extending the invitation to their wider community. A must-read for anyone heeding the call to help heal our world. I look forward to reading it again!
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A truly exquisite book. Thank you Francis Weller.
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Beautiful book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Please read this book and heed its call Sept. 17 2015
By Jenny Melford - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a bereaved Mom, having tragically and unexpectedly lost my 23 month old son Hunter about 4 years ago. I have read A LOT of books on grief, dying, sorrow and loss, and The Wild Edge of Sorrow is among the best of the best. Weller's language is poetic, and his offering is really quite unique. He touches on all the many ways we all carry grief, with most of our grief and sorrow deemed unacceptable or unworthy by our society...and the ramifications of these dismissals....and why we need to change....
In Chapter 2 he references a retreat he held where there was a grief shrine and ritual, I was touched so deeply at my core by the description I wept and wept, for I had always hoped something like this existed - a place and a community where I could express my broken heart, wailing and weeping with wild abandon from that place inside that is drowning in sadness, but nonetheless remains mostly muffled....
This man is doing amazing work! We need to honor our grief, every single one of us. Please read this book and heed its call.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Touches your soul Sept. 22 2015
By Mary Friedel-hunt - Published on Amazon.com
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Francis Weller's new book leaves me even more speechless than his first (Entering the Healing Ground). This book is truly a meditation book that reaches deep into my soul and often leaves me in tears. It is a gift to all who read it and those who do read it will see themselves in every page and in each poetic sentence

It is clear to me that Francis Weller is playing an essential role in the larger healing of our planet. How grateful I am for his acceptance of this gift and role. In addition to the meditative and poetic writing, it just makes so much sense. As a people we have allowed fear and denial and our "need" to fit in and be like everyone else.. to fog our vision. This book lifts that fog and educates as it leads the reader to see themselves (their joy and grief) so much more clearly.

I can't recommend this book enough to every person. As a bereavement counselor and a bereaved woman who recently lost my husband, I have read more books and articles on grief than I can count. This easily stands out as the very best.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a must read. Oct. 13 2015
By Oscar C Perez PhD - Published on Amazon.com
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The wisdom of grieving is unknown in our society. With our unending focus on moving forward, improving ourselves, and the social addiction to appearing competent and in control, we have lost the sacred role that grieving plays in weaving our world back together. Francis Weller is a brilliant and heartfelt guide in how we can enter the healing ground of sorrow so that new life can be brought into the world. At a time when we are all suffering silently under the weight of immense sorrows: our own, our family's, the sorrow of a devastated environment and destroyed cultures, Francis takes on the endeavor of teaching us how to be healers through the skill of grieving. This book will be a testament to a major shift in our consciousness that must happen if we are to survive as a species. We are not islands into ourselves. When one of us is ill we are all ill. Through the gateways of grief we find our unity once more, and we begin creating a world that embraces all life. This is soul activism. It is sacred work.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poetic, soulful and pragmatic. Oct. 14 2015
By Shauna Janz, MA - Published on Amazon.com
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The Wild Edge of Sorrow is poetic and soulful while also pragmatic in its message. As a professional in the field of grief support, Francis Weller has left me revitalized and re-affirmed in my work and ready to offer deeper practices to support others and myself. And as a lover of soulful prose, his words have fed my soul and left me deeply touched. He offers a refreshing perspective that beckons us to re-awaken and re-engage with our soul – both our own soul and the world’s soul – through practices of grief, sorrow and joy. This book invites us to be guided back in to right relationship with ourselves, each-other and our natural environment amid a consumer-society intent on numbing out and forgetting what is important to living vital and meaningful lives. Through personal and professional accounts, therapeutic concepts and tangible exercises, this book is both a cornerstone for any helping professional and a resource for any reader to start their own sacred work through grief and self-awareness, while also extending the invitation to their wider community. A must-read for anyone heeding the call to help heal our world. I look forward to reading it again!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Important Discussion of Rituals of Grieving Feb. 22 2016
By NRL - Published on Amazon.com
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I first became aware of Francis Weller's writing in a magazine interview that a friend gave me. I was very impressed by his idea that life is a constant balancing of grief and gratitude, both responses often existing at the same time. Weller, a psychotherapist, is also very much interested societies structure rituals to halp us integrate grieving into our lives. This book is more concerned with the presence of rituals; the grief and gratitude balance or imbalance is mentioned but not really elaborated. It's an important book, though I was personally hoping for more discussion of the underlying existential paradox.


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