Published May 2015
Trade paperback, 119 pages
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani
Death is a difficult subject. Period. But it's nonetheless a subject, or a reality we all will experience in some ways and at different points in our lives. Corrie Sirota, a psychotherapist who specializes in loss and bereavement, has written a much-needed resource book that will help one cope with losing a loved one.
Because she writes both from a personal and professional perspective, one immediately feels understood and comforted through her sensitivity and knowledge. Even if you are distraught and cannot focus or concentrate because you are grieving, this book is easy to read not because it is simplistic but because it feels like Sirota, who has dealt with hundreds of grieving families in all situations, is right there beside you, helping you along.
Besides explaining the grieving process, Sirota provides a list of documents one needs following the death of a family member and all the legal things needed to be done. How practical! She discusses how to help someone in mourning, the secondary losses, and creating new normals. One of my favorite chapters was about the forgotten grievers--the children. Such important information about how we can help our little ones deal with death. After all, this will set a precedence to how they will cope as adults too.
The range of emotions that are felt when grieving can sometimes make us feel guilty, inadequate and helpless but Sirota skilfully tackles how to handle these emotions. She includes helpful anecdotes of situations she's encountered in her practice that are powerful because we can easily see ourselves in them or acknowledge having had the very same feelings.
In addition, the information is also presented in bullet form and in list form, making it so much easier on the tired eye to quickly read and find information. The layout of the book is also pleasing. It's not a book that needs to be read in order. At a little over 100 pages, this book is not overwhelming but instead beckons one to flip through its pages where inevitably one will find a useful passage because every word in this book is meant to assist.
My background in Counselling and Social Services helped me to recognize the value of this book, but the loss of a dear friend to cancer only last month made me appreciate the practical and insightful advice from someone who understands the emotions I experienced. Every death is unique because every relationship is unique. I was deeply touched by some of the quotes interspersed throughout the text.
Best of all this book is useful no matter what your religious background is. Sirota is non-judgemental and focuses on helping you go through the grieving process rather than establishing what the meaning of death is. I strongly recommend having a copy of this book because it will make a difference when you need it the most. It's also the perfect gift for anyone in your life who is grieving. It's the kind of gift that will be appreciated even years after it was given, until "death is swallowed up forever". -Isaiah 25:8
Note: This book is rated G.
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Corrie Sirota holds a Masters degree in Social Work as well as a Graduate Certificate in Loss and Bereavement from McGill University (Montreal) where she has been teaching as a lecturer in the School of Social Work for over 20 years. Corrie is a licensed psychotherapist who currently maintains a private practice specializing in Loss and Bereavement, Parenting issues and Relationship issues. She is a well-known lecturer who regularly presents at conferences and workshops, both locally and abroad. Working in the Montreal Community for over 2 decades, Corrie has developed numerous prevention and intervention programs for families, children and professionals, students and various community agencies as well as Day and Residential Camps.
Corrie has also written numerous articles and blog posts and is regularly interviewed on local radio, news and TV programs to consult on issues relating to loss and bereavement, Child Development and Parenting.
To learn more information about Corrie Sirota visit her website www.corriesirota.com.
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