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Bearing the Unbearable: Love, Loss, and the Heartbreaking Path of Grief

Category: Book
By (author): Cacciatore, Joanne
Foreword By: Rubin, Jeffrey
Subject:  FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Death, Grief, Bereavement
  PSYCHOLOGY / Grief & Loss
  SELF-HELP / Death, Grief, Bereavement
Publisher: Wisdom Publications
Published: June 2017
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 248
Size: 9.00in x 6.00in
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$ 21.95
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From The Publisher*If you love, you will grieve-and nothing is more mysteriously central to becoming fully human. 

When a loved one dies, the pain of loss can feel unbearable-especially in the case of a traumatizing death that leaves us shouting, "NO!" with every fiber of our body. The process of grieving can feel wild and nonlinear-and often lasts for much longer than other people, the nonbereaved, tell us it should.

Organized into fifty-two short chapters, Bearing the Unbearable is a companion for life's most difficult times, revealing how grief can open our hearts to connection, compassion, and the very essence of our shared humanity. Dr. Joanne Cacciatore-bereavement educator, researcher, Zen priest, and leading counselor in the field-accompanies us along the heartbreaking path of love, loss, and grief. Through moving stories of her encounters with grief over decades of supporting individuals, families, and communities-as well as her own experience with loss-Cacciatore opens a space to process, integrate, and deeply honor our grief.

Not just for the bereaved, Bearing the Unbearable will be required reading for grief counselors, therapists and social workers, clergy of all varieties, educators, academics, and medical professionals. Organized into fifty-two accessible and stand-alone chapters, this book is also perfect for being read aloud in support groups.
Review Quote*"An especially powerful book. It is not just for those who have suffered a loss. Anyone who's trying to deal with a loss, or anyone who know someone dealing with a loss, (and in truth, isn't that everyone?) will benefit from reading this amazing book."
Review Quote*"Simultaneously heartwrenching and uplifting. Cacciatore offers practical guidance on coping with profound and life-changing grief. This book is destined to be a classic, simply the best book I have ever read on the process of grief."
Review Quote*"In this poignant, heartrending, and heart-lifting book, Joannne Cacciatore teaches how loss is transformed to peace, devastating grief to active and practical love. Beautifully, beautifully written, Bearing the Unbearable is for all those who have grieved, will grieve, or support others through bereavement."
Review Quote*"A wise guide-intimate, tender, and fierce-reminding us what it means to fully love. This is a holy book, riddled with insight and compassion. It will bless all of us in our times of sorrow."
Review Quote*"There are sentences in this luminous book that took my breath away. With penetrating insight and tender warmth, Dr. Jo meets the broken-hearted where we live: in an utterly transformed and transformational space. This is the secret potion I have been yearning for, offered from a brimming cup."
Review Quote*"A truly remarkable book."
Review Quote*"Bearing the Unbearable is an experience more than a book. In recounting many cases from her extraordinary therapy practice devoted to helping people who are undergoing severe and traumatic grief, the book offers the reader an experience that-like grief itself-is painful but for which one will be deeply grateful afterwards. Cacciatore's amazing book shows us through its many emotionally gripping examples–guaranteed to trigger readers' own lurking tears-much that is novel and illuminating about the ineffable depth and labyrinthine nature of intense grief."
Review Quote*"An approach to grief that moves beyond platitudes and cliché. It offers a way to truly grow through grief that is not a moving beyond but is more of an organic composting and recycling of the soul. It offers hope for those who feel like their loss has disconnected themselves forever from humanity and the circle of life. There is something for everyone in this garden that will restore and rejuvenate. I would highly recommend this book!"
Review Quote*"At a time when even the most normal of human experiences, such as grief and suffering, are being pathologized and medicated by a bio-psychiatric industry, Bearing the Unbearable is an honest and courageous examination of the most common of human experiences…Dr. Cacciatore's powerful book doesn't stop with delineating the process of grief. [It] shows grieving human beings how to reclaim the process as normal and sacred, and how to insist on defining the process for themselves, which leads to powerful healing…This book will become a staple in my practice, and as well as at Warfighter ADVANCE programs."