Suggested Reading | Illness, Grief, Loss, and Divorce

Suggested reading materials from leading authors and medical & research professionals


Love, Medicine and Miracles: Lessons Learned about Self-Healing from a Surgeon's Experience with Exceptional Patients (Paperback)


Unconditional love is the most powerful stimulant of the immune system. The truth is: love heals. Miracles happen to exceptional patients every day—patients who have the courage to love, those who have the courage to work with their doctors to participate in and influence their own recovery.

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When There Are No Words: Finding Your Way to Cope with Loss and Grief (Paperback)


This book is designed to help those who are dealing with loss handle it in a way that is natural for them.
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The Grief Recovery Handbook, 20th Anniversary Expanded Edition: The Action Program for Moving Beyond Death, Divorce, and Other Losses including Health, Career, and Faith (Paperback)


Updated to commemorate its 20th anniversary, this classic resource further explores the effects of grief and sheds new light on how to begin to take effective actions to complete the grieving process and work towards recovery and happiness.

Incomplete recovery from grief can have a lifelong negative effect on the capacity for happiness. Drawing from their own histories as well as from others', the authors illustrate how it is possible to recover from grief and regain energy and spontaneity.

Based on a proven program, The Grief Recovery Handbook offers grievers the specific actions needed to move beyond loss. New material in this edition includes guidance for dealing with:

·  Loss of faith

·  Loss of career and financial issues

·  Loss of health

·  Growing up in an alcoholic or dysfunctional home

The Grief Recovery Handbook is a groundbreaking, classic handbook that everyone should have in their library.

“This book is required for all my classes. The more I use this book, the more I believe that unresolved grief is the major underlying issue in most people’s lives. It is the only work of its kind that I know of that outlines the problem and provides the solution.”—Bernard McGrane, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology, Chapman University

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A Grace Disguised: How the Soul Grows through Loss (Hardcover)


An expanded edition of this classic book on grief and loss―with a new preface and epilogue Loss came suddenly for Jerry Sittser. In an instant, a tragic car accident claimed three generations of his family: his mother, his wife, and his young daughter. While most of us will not experience such a catastrophic loss in our lifetime, all of us will taste it. And we can, if we choose, know as well the grace that transforms it. A Grace Disguised plumbs the depths of sorrow, whether due to illness, divorce, or the loss of someone we love. The circumstances are not important; what we do with those circumstances is. In coming to the end of ourselves, we can come to the beginning of a new life―one marked by spiritual depth, joy, compassion, and a deeper appreciation of simple blessings.
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Putting Children First: Proven Parenting Strategies for Helping Children Thrive Through Divorce (Paperback)


An internationally renowned authority on children and divorce reveals the latest research-based strategies for helping children survive and thrive before, during, and long after their parents divorce.

The breakup of a family can have an enduring impact on children. But as Dr. JoAnne Pedro-Carroll explains with clarity and compassion in this powerful book, parents can positively alter the immediate and long-term effects of divorce on their children. The key is proven, emotionally intelligent parenting strategies that promote children's emotional health, resilience, and ability to lead satisfying lives.

Over the past three decades, Pedro-Carroll has worked with families in transition, conducted research, and developed and directed award- winning, court-endorsed programs that have helped thousands of families navigate divorce and its aftermath. Now she shares practical, research- based advice that helps parents:

?gain a deeper understanding of what their children are experiencing

?develop emotionally intelligent parenting strategies with the critical combination of boundless love and appropriate limits on behavior

?reduce conflict with a former spouse and protect children from conflict's damaging effects

?learn what recent brain research reveals about stress and children's developing capabilities

Filled with the voices and drawings of children and the stories of families, Putting Children First delivers a positive vision for a future of hope and healing.
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Contemplating Divorce: A Step-by-Step Guide to Deciding Whether to Stay or Go (Paperback)


Just as there are right and wrong reasons to marry, there are good and bad reasons to divorce. Some couples are quick to split because they are unwilling to devote the necessary effort to fixing their relationships or to understanding their partners, while others miss out on personal fulfillment by staying too long in unhealthy marriages.

This insightful and practical guide, written by a therapist with nearly a decade of experience counseling those considering divorce, will help you evaluate your marriage to determine whether you should stay or go. Without bias toward or against the option of divorce, Contemplating Divorce includes helpful tools to guide you to the right decision.

  • Use the tests and relationship evaluations to assess your level of fulfillment in your marriage
  • Learn about the five types of needs happy marriages satisfy
  • Find out how to fix 'problem areas' in your relationship
  • Plan for the future, whether you decide to stay or move on

This is a much-needed book. The anxiety in making a life-changing decision is sometimes overwhelming. It is of immense help to have a coach like Susan Pease Gadoua!
-John Bradshaw, best-selling author of Homecoming and Creating Love

Better than therapy! Pease Gadoua allows the reader who is contemplating any great change to process the pros and cons in the confines of his or her own heart and mind, leaving no chance for those on the fence to skip out on the truth. A must-read for any transition.
-Joan Anderson, bestselling author of A Year by the Sea, An Unfinished Marriage, A Walk on the Beach, and The Second Journey

Making an appointment to see a divorce lawyer doesn't mean that the person I am advising necessarily needs or wants a divorce. With Pease Gadoua's wise, thorough, and accessible book, Contemplating Divorce, at last there is a resource I can give to confused and unhappy clients who think the marriage may be over but can't decide whether the embers are truly dead or not.
-Pauline H. Tesler, author of Collaborative Divorce and Collaborative Law

An exceptional and outstanding book for all those considering making the life-altering decision to divorce. Pease Gadoua offers profound personal insight and practical guidance that empowers adults to find clarity, overcome hurdles, and make the best choices for the future of their relationships. I wholeheartedly recommend Contemplating Divorce to men and women alike.
-Helene Taylor, Esq., president and founder of TheModernWomansDivorceGuide.com

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Divorce – The Ultimate Divorce Handbook to Getting Past Your Breakup Financially and Emotionally. (Paperback)


Divorce and divorce recovery can be two of the hardest things anybody will ever have to go through in life. From the very beginning when the word “Divorce” is first spoken, to the very end when signatures are exchanged, its not a happy time for anyone. Even times when a divorce seems the best option for a couple to go for, it can get very messy, complicated and bring out the worst in some people. If you've never gone through a separation and divorce before it can seem like you're worlds coming to an end. So what do you do or where can you go? One of the best things you can do right now is grab a copy of "Divorce (The Ultimate Divorce Handbook to Getting Past Your Breakup Financially and Emotionally)" In it you'll discover... - Tips and tricks to help reduce divorce costs - A step by step check-list of what you'll need to gather together for your divorce attorney and why. - The best ways to help kids cope with divorce. - How to find the right divorce lawyer for your divorce...by the way, its not always the most expensive lawyer who's the best. - How to cope with depression after your divorce and how to quickly get back on your feet - When's the best time to get back into the dating game - And much, much more. You owe it to yourself to be prepared as best as you can for your upcoming divorce process and having this book will put you in the best place. Order your copy of "Divorce (The Ultimate Divorce Handbook to Getting Past Your Breakup Financially and Emotionally)" you've got nothing to lose and everything to gain. Lets work together to get you through your divorce and divorce recovery today!
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Standing on My Own Two Feet: A Child's Affirmation of Love in the Midst of Divorce (Hardcover)


Addison is a regular kid whose parents are going through a divorce, but he knows that no matter what happens, his parents will always love him. The text in this beautifully illustrated picture book is inspiring, gentle, and uplifting, and teaches kids that having two homes to live in can be just as great as having two strong feet to stand on.
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