A Self-Paced Grief Workbook for Your Journey from Loss to Life

Non-Fiction - Grief/Hardship
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Reviewed on 04/23/2020
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Author Biography

Every grief journey starts with a first step. Author, Marilyn Willis, took her first step at fifteen years old after her mother died from cancer. Her healing began in high school when she joined a grief group. Recognizing the healing power of community, Marilyn has been leading grief groups ever since and has seen the content, dialogues, and exercises found in the RESTORED workbook restore lives.

Mary Wall, RNC, the President of the Board for Kauai Hospice stated, “Marilyn was hired as our bereavement coordinator and quickly became the best bereavement coordinator I have worked with. Marilyn was most well known in the community for the impactful grief groups she led for Gentiva Hospice families and the community. All her members felt accepted, understood, and more at peace after completing the group. In RESTORED, Marilyn has been able to bring the grief group experience, that so many in our hospice and community have benefited from, directly to your home and heart. Sharing the stories of many survivors of loss, this workbook gives you a place to process your loss, learn about common reactions to grief and engage in practices that help you reflect on the changes taking place in your life.”

Marilyn Willis is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, who graduated from Colorado Christian University with a Master of Arts in Counseling. Over the past twenty years, Marilyn has been leading grief groups at churches, nursing homes, and as a hospice bereavement coordinator.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Restored: A Self-Paced Grief Workbook for Your Journey from Loss to Life by Marilyn Willis is a handy manual that gives good guidance to readers who are survivors of loss. This book will help them move on to the restored life they are seeking. The book is a good tool to reflect on loss and find peace, community, comfort, and compassion. Grief is a personal emotion and the way mourning happens, the support, and the relationships that sustain can vary from individual to individual and this workbook is the perfect model to the path of healing. Though everyone's grief process varies, the loss leaves everyone with more or less the same challenges. This book walks readers through five key parts of restoration and will help readers open the doors to healing.

Marilyn Willis's personal story and stories from other survivors will make readers going through loss realize they are not alone. The author's compassionate mindset and her ability to understand the pain of others will encourage readers experiencing loss to become strong, resilient, love more, be grateful, and enjoy life. She speaks about the topic extensively and expansively, helping readers find a balance in their grieving. The Suggested Exercises and Reflection Questions are equally useful when it comes to restoring life after a loss. The approach to the topic is engaging and interesting and will pull readers in to participate in the Suggested Exercises and Reflection Questions and find peace and comfort. The author also gives biblical examples and how they overcame their grief by connecting with God. The book is comforting and leaves those who are struggling to overcome their grief and pain with hope and a sense of peace.

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I so appreciate this very thorough review. Here are some other reviews for " RESTORED" :

“An excellent resource to rely on over and over as one moves through grief. The author, a courageous survivor herself, offers a brilliant framework to assist the mourner in a step by step process to restoration of body, mind and spirit.” — Susie Kuszmar, LMFT, Creator and Director of nationally awarded FOOTSTEPS Hospital Bereavement program

“What a masterpiece. This book is one I can draw from over and over! The words that come to mind are thorough, practical, tender and personal! There is so much honoring of the deceased in the healing process. This could be used privately, but also it would be powerful to walk through with either a counselor or small group.” — Leah Green, Navigators Marriage Getaway Co-Director

“I highly recommend this book to anyone that has experienced the loss of a loved one. This book has offered me time to reflect on my own grief journey for which I am grateful.”— Mary Wall, RNC, the President of the Board for Kauai Hospice

"I have been touched and educated by a #1 new release on Amazon "RESTORED: A Self-Paced Grief Workbook for Your Journey from Loss to Life," focusing on how to work through grief and loss. I highly recommend this workbook to anyone who has experienced a loss."— Mark Whitacre, PhD, Executive Director Coca-Cola Consolidated, Inc.

"Being a mother who lost her son to cancer, and has been through griefcounseling and grief groups, this particular grief workbook goes deeperinto the pit of emotional and spiritual pain and shines a bright lighton the path-way out of that dark place."-- Lacene Downing, former Manager of international funeral services company and grief group facilitator

"Powerful... a must read for everyone, who seeks a pathway to total Restoration andrenewal of the human spirit, as authored by our God."-- Douglas W. Sherfy, MA History, MS Education

"Restored was an answer to prayer for healing, the right resource at the right time."-- Lynn Lankford, retired Audit Director of national accounting firm

Amazon Reviews:

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5.0 out of 5 stars If you've lost a loved one, you need this book...
Reviewed in the United States on February 28, 2020
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Finally! An author who has crafted a book with information and illustrations that make the complicated world of grief make sense. I have read many grief books and THIS IS THE BOOK that synthesizes the necessary information to understand the grieving process, with logical steps toward living life after loss. It's user-friendly, quick to read, easy to understand, informative, balanced, actionable, self-paced, encouraging, and realistic. Whether the loss was recent or long ago, those carrying the wound of losing a loved one will find tremendous hope and healing from the pages of this book. Many thanks to Marilyn for sharing her professional expertise, personal story, and for making available to all a gentle path toward life after loss.

5.0 out of 5 stars Truly amazing! A beautiful and practical way to restore contentment.
Reviewed in the United States on February 27, 2020
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This book is truly amazing. Contentment is so hard to find again after loss and this book provides practical steps in bringing you back to that place. The author captures healing without ever expecting the reader to “get over it” or loose sight of the person they lost. I am so thankful for this book and the healing can bring.

5.0 out of 5 stars Hope and Encouragement
Reviewed in the United States on February 27, 2020
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The pages of this book are filled with hope and encouragement. The author compassionately and patiently walks you through processing your loss with a beautiful balance of spiritual and psychological insight. I cannot recommend this book highly enough!

5.0 out of 5 stars She makes healing a reality in the lives of those who allow her in.
Reviewed in the United States on February 27, 2020
I absolutely recommend Marilyn Willis and her incredibly grounded and amazing perspective on grief and healing. She has the artful way of taking the words off the page and out of the book and applying them to your grieving. She so easily makes perspective a healing process in anyone who opens themselves up to what she has to offer.

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This workbook has hit #1 on 6 of Amazon Best Seller Lists!
• #1 Amazon Best Seller in Death & Grief
• #1 Amazon New Release in Grief & Loss
• #1 Amazon Best Seller Nursing Home & Community Care
• #1 Amazon New Release in Christian Death & Grief Counseling
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