An inspiring companion for your journey through grief.
An inspiring companion for your journey through grief.
Grief is closely associated with death, but can be triggered when we lose anything with which we have an emotional connection.
Much that can be read about the grieving process is outdated and can serve an injustice to our rapidly evolving, modern society. In conjunction with recent medical and societal advancements, new and complex presentations of grief have arisen. As a result, our own journey through grief must also evolve in order for us to effectively heal and even flourish as a result of our experiences surrounding loss.
Delivering an eclectic blend of medical and spiritual observations and teachings, Good Grief: The A to Z Approach of Modern Day Grief Healing addresses life as well as death, and provides a practical guidebook for your unique grief journey. It goes beyond the conventional views that we are just a physical body, aiming to enlighten and encourage the reader to use the tools within the pages to bring about a collateral beauty that reveals great strength, personal growth, and spiritual emergence.
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Grief and death are vast subjects. In this book, Shelley Knight takes on the immense task of tackling these two very challenging topics in as comprehensive a manner as possible. From different ways of dying to different ways in which people grieve and the array of therapies available to help them; this is an encyclopaedia holding something for everyone. ~ In The Light- Growing Your Soul, Review
The author of this helpful and perceptive work on death, loss and grief has extended her background and experience as a nurse into contextualising these themes more widely. She builds on lessons from the dying and our needs for physical and mental well-being, belonging and recognition, spiritual closeness and connectedness, as well as a deeper understanding of stages in life. She puts death and dying in a historical and contemporary context and describes various in between states with great insight and compassion, moving on to look more closely at types of grief, the soul’s journey and possibilities of communication. The bulk of the book is then devoted to an A to Z listing and explanation of scores of themes and techniques that readers can consult at their leisure as particular needs for guidance and orientation arise in the grieving process. Shelley is a wise and experienced guide in this delicate area. ~ David Lorimer, Paradigm Explorer
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. Great book about grief. As a social worker, I loved it and will utilize what I learned moving forward. ~ Erika Bucci (Reviewer), NetGalley
The author is very experienced in palliative and end of life care so this book arises from her own experiences. From these she pulls out threads of what may be helpful for those who are grieving having defined exactly what we mean by death, grief etc. She explore the "history" of death grieving and why it had become removed from the everyday experience of most of us. She tackles this taboo head on as she does the taboo around death by suicide. She is honest about her own belief system but still manages to convey universal truths. Unlike other books on grief there is a "toolbox" section which is arranging alphabetically so that you can quickly find help according to your own beliefs and ideas. This is a wise book tempered by the occasional gentle use of humour. The author certainly is an expert in this difficult area and wants to open up conversations around the taboo. I hope people find it thought provoking and helpful. ~ Tracey McHardy (Bookseller), NetGalley
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. An interesting and modern day approach to grief, grieving and death. Having recently suffered being touched by grief, unexpectedly, this book has helped me somewhat. The author has researched content very well and talks about the different types of grief very well, there was such a lot to learn in this book, I found it really informative and helpful. ~ Lucy G (Reviewer), NetGalley
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. Absolutely fascinating! The author has done an excellent job of combining much research on this topic as well as the topic of death and dying, from many different perspectives and levels. But the heart of this book, I believe, is the extensive section on suggested ways of being with one’s grief. If you are someone who has recently lost a loved one to death, you might want to go directly to the suggestions. If you are someone who is interested in the topic of death and dying and wants to learn more about the many different aspects of it, begin at the beginning. There is much detail here and much to learn and much to help us through any kind of a grief journey. When this is published, I will be purchasing a copy for my own bookshelf to use as reference and resource in the months and years to come. ~ Anne Marie Bennett (Reviewer) , NetGalley
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. After losing multiple family members and friends this past couple of months, I 've decided to dwelve into the world of grief-help books. This one one of the best ones I've read so far. It touches upon the subject of not just grief itself but life and death as well. There is a very great transition in-between these chapters and we get multiple ideas on how to process our own kind of grief with the kind of religion spirituality we follow. I would recommend this book to anyone who's looking into ways to improve their mental health after the loss of loved ones. ~ Judit Béres (Reviewer), NetGalley
Knight has led a value-shaping life for which few might have the keen privilege to relate but she shares a narrative that is easy to follow and feel as though it is a shared experience. Her first-hand knowledge about grief, and its applications across life, stir diverse insights into the magnitude of griefs effects. I found myself repeatedly humbled by her sobering accounts of advice from those who no longer dwell among the living. Using science to make her case, especially the exposition of the fight-or-flight response is notably relevant in the conversation on grief, or the experience of mini deaths in life. I can appreciate the extent of therapeutic suggestions Knight offers, though only a handful might be applicable to me personally. Thank you for the opportunity to encounter a discussion on grief with such insight and developed thought. ~ Kidron Tirey (Reviewer), NetGalley
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. I've read a number of books on grief. I've learned and benefited from many of them. I wasn't sure if there was anything new on the subject. This book was wonderful. The author does an excellent job of identifying the different types of grief and of giving the reader ideas on how to cope. Some info I was familiar with and was pleased to find some new therapies. ~ Harper LaCroix (Reviewer), NetGalley
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. After losing two important family members in the span of 5 months, I've delved deep into my many grief related books. This was an informative book about grief. ~ Iman B (Reviewer), NetGalley
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. This is a really interesting read on life, death, and grieving. I liked how it began with a more black and white description of life and dying, because I find thinking about these things objectively to be more helpful. The In-Between States was much more spiritual and would be helpful in the grieving process. Finally, the Afterlife sections and Grief Voice Box offer different options for finding solace and working through grieving. I would recommend this. ~ Rebecca Barlow (Reviewer) , NetGalley
Shelley’s wise and compassionate words offer hope and courage, good feelings that are not often associated with grief. Her book written from the perspective of a former nursing career is an empowering, healing dose of essential self help for all those who are grieving as well as anyone who has ever struggled to face their own mortality. Coping with grief is going to be the theme over the next few years as the world recovers from the pandemic and Shelley is a clear, authentic and uplifting voice that can help people cope better with the trauma. ~ Theresa Cheung, Sunday Times bestselling author
Shelley is a truly inspirational person, she has so much to give. I had the opportunity to listen to Shelley talk about death, the subject no one wants to talk about. Shelley makes this subject so much more comfortable and easier to talk about. she is compassionate, has the right amount of empathy and will hold the audience attention. I would definitely recommend Shelley without hesitation. ~ Chad Marshall-Lane, Owner of CML Solutions. Attendee to Life Goes On talk.
Shelley delivers teachings on grief like no other. Her message is warm, compassionate and punctuated with wonderful humour. Whatever is happening in the world, loss and grief are constants. Death ain’t going away any time soon, which makes this book a must read for anyone with a heart. Read, learn, digest, cry, smile and celebrate, all the time being held safely by Shelley’s down to Earth approach, supported by her years of experience as a nurse. ~ Taz Thornton, Author of Whispers from the Earth (Moon Books)
I had the pleasure of listening to Shelley speak about death, based on her knowledge through nursing and personal experience with people close to her, and she was captivating and entertaining. Doesn’t seem right given the subject matter, but Shelley articulated an intelligent, thought provoking and unique perspective that got us all hooked. Her talk was tinged with sadness but masked by humour and humility, and she had us in the palm of her hand. Shelley is a one of the best speakers I have listened to and should you be fortunate enough to hear her speak, you won’t be let down, she is a one off! ~ Graham Harris , Bestselling author of Against The Grain (Rudling House Publishing Limited)
A skilled and engaging speaker that manages to tackle the tricky subject of death so beautifully and honestly and yet with a lightness and humour that just has to be seen. Shelley shares her own experiences both personally and throughout her career as a nurse. Shelley will make you think, laugh and you will leave feeling motivated to live your very best life. Simply fabulous. Highly recommend. ~ Verity Johnson, Veterinary. Attendee of Life Goes On talk.
The topic of death is one that most people shy away from but Shelley has this ability to speak about the subject in such a great humorous way that puts you at ease whilst tackling the tricky stuff. It was a pleasure to listen to such a natural speaker. ~ Phillip Mallourides , Global Gold Savers Club and Property. Attendee of Life Goes On talk.
I had such a lovely chat with Shelley on her podcast, and I was immediately delighted by her smile and positive energy. The shifts she is helping make in other people's lives through storytelling and positivity is quite admirable, and I am thrilled to support her in any way possible! I also had a chance to read some of Shelley's work, and her writing is pristine. Clear and concise, with lessons that are truly timeless! ~ Jordon Gross, Bestselling Author with BenBella Books and Matt Holt Books
Shelley is a bundle of sunshine, humor, and professionalism. She was on my podcast, Going North and she lives the message that she writes about. Positive people are still human no matter how long they can smile through adversity. Invite Shelley to speak at your stage whether it's virtual or in-person to share valuable takeaways on being a realistic optimist. ~ Dominique Brightmon, Bestselling Author and podcaster
Shelley is an absolute delight with so much energy. I had the most amazing chat and podcast interview with her- and laughter. She is so inspirational and makes you feel amazing too. I love the work that she does. ~ Zeenat Noorani, Owner of Vida de la Mariposa Coaching