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Embracing Life After Loss

Embracing Life After Loss


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A gentle guide for growing
through grief

by Allen Klein
Foreword by Gloria Horsely, PhD
Paperback, 200 pages
Mango Publishing

Book Summary

Losing a loved one is never easy. Allen Klein knows how it feels - just like you, he's lost loved ones in his life. Inspired by Klein's experience with the loss of his wife, Embracing Life After Loss will help you to recover from grief and loss - just like Klein did.

You never forget the people you lose. But you can grow stronger, wiser, and more appreciative of life as you move forward. And, believe it or not, you can even laugh again. Embracing Life After Loss will show you how to smile through the difficult times - how to take a break from the pain of your loss and find joy in life again.

Embracing Life After Loss is a steadfast compass that offers hope and resilience to anyone trying to navigate through dark times. Allen Klein illustrates five practical steps for recovering from depression caused by grief and loss:
  • Losing
  • Learning
  • Letting Go
  • Living
  • Laughing
Laughter and humor are some of God's gifts to overcome your trials and tribulations. Learn to laugh again with Embracing Life After Loss.


While this book comes out of the lessons I've learned about loss from the death of my wife, the thoughts within address all kinds of loss. The feelings that often accompany the loss of a loved one also apply to such things as losing a pet, getting a divorce, being let go from a job, or any other major setback in your life. Any loss can be overwhelming. The aim of this book is to help you realize that loss is part of life, that it can be one of our greatest teachers, and that, in spite of your loss, you can once again fully partake in what life has to offer.

After my wife died at the age of thirty-four, I was devastated. I went for counseling to deal with my grief. After three sessions, the therapist told me that life is difficult. I fired him. I walked out of his office. I didn't need to hear that. I was living it.

I also sought out books about grief. I thought that they would help me understand my loss. Most of them did not. They were huge tomes, more than I could handle at the time. Most of them told me how horrible I might feel after losing a loved one. That I might not have my appetite, not sleep well, and/or be depressed.

That advice did not help me deal with my grief. I needed something that was easy to read. Something that provided encouragement. Something I could turn to on a daily basis for inspiration and uplifting thoughts. Something that spoke to my heart, not my head. Finding none of that in most grief books, I wrote my own. It is the book you are either holding in your hand or reading in a digital format.

My intention for the book is that it will provide comforting, heartfelt thoughts and a lighter tone not found in other books on loss. I also hope that it will show you that there can be a positive side to loss and help you understand that, although your loss is a life-changing experience, it need not necessarily be a negative one. And that, because of life's brevity, a loss can be a powerful wake-up call to celebrate life.

Please note that I am not advocating avoiding the grief caused by loss or rushing through it. Unexpressed grief can come back again with a stronger force. It is important to fully deal with the grieving process after a loss. However, my goal in writing this book is to help you go beyond your loss to embracing life fully again and, yes, even laughing again. And to help you go from merely surviving to thriving. Also, I hope that it will uplift your spirit, touch your heart, and nourish your soul.

P.S.: The advice in this book is what worked for me during my time of loss. Some of it may seem right for you, some of it may not. As with any information, take what fits and leave the rest behind.


HIGH PRAISE FOR Embracing Life After Loss

"Serendipitously, I was asked to review Allen Klein's book Embracing Life After Loss directly following my mother's passing. Reading this book has been a gift to me during this difficult transition. As the sting of loss begins to wane, the words in this wonderful book continue to resonate in my heart and in my healing. This book does the impossible - it turns the dark into something beautiful. This is a moving, provocative book about life, death, and most importantly, perspective."

- Joseph J. Luciani author of Self-Coaching: The Powerful Program to Beat Anxiety & Depression


"If life sometimes feels like a bucket full of small dark stones, Allen Klein's insights are like bright pennies waiting to be found. This collection of brief sermons on grief and recovery can help turn fear into forgiveness, wounds into wisdom and losses into laughter."

- Stephen Kiernan author of Last Rights


"This book is a wonderful companion in your darkest hours. It feels like a warm, nourishing hug from a dear and loving friend. It will soothe your heart and warm your soul. It will help you to find that sacred place within you that is never lost and never changes - your spiritual heart, your soul, which can be gracefully awakened through the mystical, transformational, holy experience of laughter"

- John E. Welshons author of When Prayers Aren’t Answered


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