Good Grief



Good Grief Book

‘Good grief, Joy’ my father would often exclaim to my mother. His expression had a not so subtle meaning and it’s the title for my book. It may act as a reminder that grief and its connotations are not all bad. On the contrary, ‘grief is good’.

In a moment our lives could change from a state of happiness to a state of adversity with a diagnosis of terminal illness, or tragic accident, or the loss of a loved one.

Inevitably we all experience loss at some stage in our life. This book is a collection of resilient ideas that could help you prepare and bounce back from loss, grief and adversity.

Through my observations, I’ve learnt that we all experience grief. Grief reminds us that we’re alive and it connects us to ourselves and our sense of compassion, which is something to be grateful for.

Grief is important, helpful and a natural part of the human experience. Grief informs us and allows us to feel what is there. When we become aware of our grief, we should pause and acknowledge it without judging the feeling. We should learn tolerance as our grief interlaces itself into our lives. It may never completely away and instead evolve as we develop greater resilience.


Five Parts

There are five parts to this book, Becoming Aware, Acknowledge, Learning Acceptance, Learning Tolerance and Self-Care. As an acronym, they spell BALLS, making it easier for you to recall and bounce back from adversity.

Some people seem to be able to manage better emotionally and are able to pause when overwhelmed by a loss or any difficulties in life. People might have a number of balls in the air and seem to be able to juggle them whilst under pressure. This book contains resilient ideas that others have shared with me and have become part of my practice in dealing with adversity, loss and grief.

Good Grief might act as a reminder of how deeply we care for ourselves, our community and our planet. Remember ‘tough times don’t last; however, resilient people do.’ Good grief!