For those of us who haven’t experienced it yet, we wonder what it would be like to be thrown into immeasurable grief. That’s what happened to the author of this riveting book. Debbie Augenthaler not only recounts in vivid, compelling prose what it was like to lose her husband, but she offers clear and encouraging coping suggestions for those enduring intense grief. I found this book so deeply moving and encouraging that I could turn right around and read it again.
Here’s what the publisher says about You Are Not Alone: Debbie is a psychotherapist in private practice in New York City. Her husband, Jim, died suddenly in her arms when she was only 36 years old. He had been healthy and vibrant – the doctors compared the probability of his death by heart attack to being struck by lightning. That lightning strike ended her life as she knew it and thus began the “baptism by fire” that brought her to her new future.
You Are Not Alone is the book she wishes she’d had when she was grieving. With the connection of a shared experience, Debbie guides the reader through grief to transformation and a new beginning.
“This is my story of loss, healing, and the spiritual journey that led me to know that love never dies. This book is about hope. As hard as it might be for you to believe right now, I want you to know: you will heal, you will not only survive, but you can thrive and find joy and meaning in your new life. This may not be the life you had before; but it is still your life to live.”
Giveaway: The publisher is giving a copy of You Are Not Alone to two lucky Friend for the Ride readers. For a chance to win, please enter a comment by June 10. U.S. only. Thanks!
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My sister’s husband died of brain cancer so this could be very helpful to her.
Since I have spent much of today remembering the Friday before Mother’s Day last year as I sat beside my unconscious sister’s bedside in a Hospice House, this book might be good for me. (For much of the morning it was just the two of us, with me talking, rubbing her arm or holding her hand, and I sang to her. Sometimes when I was talking or singing, she would raise her eyebrows and I would know that she heard me and knew I was there for her.)
I have a friend that recently lost her husband and is having a very hard time, it would be helpful I’d she would read this book!
Thank you. This will help so many others. “Let’s Take the Long Way Home” by Gail Caldwell, was cathartic and healing for me when I lost my best friend. Healing light to all.
Hello Barbara, thank you for the opportunity to enter this giveaway on the book “You are not Alone..” I am going through grief on a few levels, I believe I mentioned to you before that my husband and I regretfully sold his family home last year to downsize and move into a townhome in a different city and we both are now feeling like lost souls missing the way our life used to be. My Mother in Law also suddenly passed away around the same time we sold the family home, and right after we moved into our new townhome our 15 year old dog, Katie passed away. And currently I am going through all the emotions of my own Mother’s failing health. Debbie’s book sounds like it would be ever so helpful.