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Reviewed by Bil Howard for Readers' Favorite
Being angry and not knowing what to do about it is a difficult challenge that those who are grieving face in the process of letting go of a family member; it is intensified when you are grieving for a friend, because no one seems to understand. After all, “it’s not like they’re family.” Victoria Noe deals with this issue directly in her book Friend Grief and Anger: When Your Friend Dies and No One Gives a Damn. The reader will learn that anger is sometimes a shocking part of the grieving process which comes on unexpectedly. Trying to discover with whom one is angry and exactly what to do about it is examined not only through the author’s own perspective, but through the stories of others who struggled with the exact same issue. The reader will discover how others have dealt with their anger as a means of gaining insight into overcoming and dealing with their own anger.
Victoria Noe delicately and expertly brings the combined issue of anger and grief to the forefront in an honest and forthright manner. Her analysis is spot on as she digs into the deeper roots of the reason for one's anger at the loss of a friend. Using the experiences of others adds an element of reality and enlightenment that further assists in rooting out the whole truth and offering an encouraging way out. Forthright, enlightening and encouraging; Friend Grief and Anger: When Your Friend Dies and No One Gives a Damn is a practical and informative guide to assist in bringing closure to the grieving process over the loss of a friend.