Grief, Guts and Grace

If you have the guts to work through your grief, God will give you the grace to survive it and find your joy again.

Non-Fiction - Religion/Philosophy
96 Pages
Reviewed on 05/09/2013
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Reviewed by Mary DeKok Blowers for Readers' Favorite

Joan Theriot-Broussard writes about the death of her husband at 51 years of age, and her process of grieving. She makes the point well that grieving is a process, as the book was published 13 years after his death. We will all deal with the death of someone close at some point in our lives, through varying circumstances, but the end result is inevitable. Still, it is an experience like no other - so final and so life-altering to those who remain. And yet it may not be as final as one thinks. How we handle this grieving process is what will determine how we heal from it. Ms. Broussard touches on many things that one may not think of having to deal with and offers her advice. It is also important, to her healing and also to the reader, that she has hope of seeing her husband again after she joins him in heaven.

I chose this book in response to the recent death of my father. I had not dealt with a close family death in some time, and was interested in the assistance of someone else’s experience. What I found was permission to grieve in my own way, with helpful advice on how much and what to do. This book will help others dealing with this issue, including my mother. It can help while one is in preparation for a loved one’s death, since much can be accomplished in the months leading up to it to minimize regrets. It has made me think differently about those remaining in my life and how to maximize good memories and quality of the life that remains.