4 out of 4 stars
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Grief: It’s NOT Supposed To Be OK! by Ron Skinner & Jeff Kirk is a product of many tears and experiences of the authors and their desires to comfort others going through similar experiences. Grief has always been a present factor in the human experience. With nearly 15 million deaths during the COVID-19, an escalation in the suicide rate, unforeseen accidents, and terminal diseases, it is evident that grief has become an unwanted companion of many—an uninvited companion in the journey of life. With the realization of this reality, it is essential to know how to stand in the face of these circumstances. Questions on how to grieve, the stages of grief, how to comfort a bereaved person, and lots more have all been answered in one way or the other. These are the primary emphases and the summary of this book.
Ron Skinner and Jeff Kirk have witnessed significant losses in their lives, and they both have a collective experience of over 80 years. This alone proves that although grief can be under different circumstances or unique, there would always be a common umbrella to classify it. This book seeks to quench many catastrophes caused by ignorance about handling grief.
One aspect of the book which I appreciated most was the comfort that the authors seemed to provide in ascertaining that although the occurrence of grief might not be prevented, it could indeed be managed. The unfortunate reality is that grief will cross paths with man at one point or the other.
In recent times, so many well-meaning principles have been formulated to help a bereaved person overcome grief. So, I believe that the authors did not write this book to override any persons or institutions' principles but instead found a way to implement all these to benefit all readers. This was clearly stated in “The Authors Commitment to You."
I don't consider any aspect of this book negative. Although no one can do justice to a subject matter, the authors did well to emphasize the core aspects of consideration. So, I rate this book four out of four stars.
I recommend this book to anyone who has lost a loved one. It will also serve as a good pill for depression. In the case of recommending this book to a loved one, I advise that you read it first to discern if this is really what they need. In most cases, medical attention could be what's needed.
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