Sunday, June 8, 2008

Book Review: Sacred Grief: Exploring a New Dimension to Grief

“Sacred Grief” is one women’s discovery of her ‘sacred’ self among the chaos of her life. The author, Leslee Tessman, shares the knowledge she gathered through her years of good and bad life changing events (rape, alcoholism, divorce and death).

The author writes in a simple manner that allows you to reflect what she is saying to how it pertains to your own life. The chapters in the book; Power of Language, Mischief, Authenticity, Middle Way, Compassion and Making Waves, cover the topics of how she created a sacred life for herself. She very openly states that she is not ‘telling’ us this we should believe or follow what she says, but hopes the understanding of what she has learned may help someone who might need a different approach to overcome grief. She includes an appendix of self reflection questions to ask yourself as you read each chapter.

Ms. Tessman state in the book “I shifted from relating to the grief process as something to survive, and instead began the journey of learning to relate to it as ‘sacred.’ By sacred, I mean giving reverence and respect to every precious moment and experience.” These few words turned on a light bulb in me and I realized how true these words are to my life. After the loss of my husband, I felt thrown in to the cycle of getting ‘through’ the grieving stages and getting on with life, but everyone is different in how they handle grief. This book helped me understand to love the days I had with my husband and consider them a sacred part of my life. Also, that grief is in our lives more than just in death. It is a part of our lives more than we might think, which is why living a sacred life is important to every day living.

I would recommend anyone that has had any type of grief in their lives to consider reading this book. This book gives another option to those looking for answers at the time of grief. It might even give you a ‘ah-ha’ moment to reflect upon!

**Thank you to Love Healing Press for the Review Book Copy

Rating: 5/5 stars


Jacquie L Reaville said...

Ok, I'll take your word for it that this book helped you with understanding your grieving process. I'll keep a look out for it because I think that I and my sisters could all do with an "Ah ha" moment.

Thanks for the review.

Allison said...

It's just another 'viewpoint' of someone else's experiences, but anothing outside the normal 'grieving' steps..I will take a look at...cause everyone is different! :-)