Tiers of Healing I Self Guided Workbook...Journey Through Grief

Too light at times, but overall, a comprehensive start to help people through the grieving process.

Browning’s debut workbook offers help for individuals coping with grief and loss.

Beginning with a personal care contract, Browning’s program leads readers through 10 chapters to assist them in addressing their needs, both emotional and physical, while coming to terms with loss. From the stages of grief to understanding anger and feelings of abandonment, Browning carefully explains each concept and helps readers identify where they are in the grieving process. Each section includes exercises to put the concept into practice, and she also offers coping techniques designed to encourage those experiencing grief to move forward. For example, she helps readers prepare for a phenomenon called “Sudden Temporary Upsurgences of Grief”—aka triggering—in which a mundane object or experience can send someone back into the throes of grieving, no matter how far along in the process that person is. To counter this phenomenon, Browning instructs readers to list multiple situations in which this might happen, identify the most likely and write constructive responses for each instance. She provides other practical tips and exercises throughout the book. Occasionally, however, the exercises and language seem a bit simplistic, even juvenile. Take, for example, the section on the stages of grief, where the first exercise instructs readers to “draw a roller coaster on white paper with crayons.” Similarly, phrases such as “hatred is a poison that hurts the world” come off as reductive. The musical suggestions listed for each exercise include songs such as Mariah Carey’s “Hero” and “The Rose” by Bette Midler, which may seem overly sentimental to some, although Browning does say that any music will work. The book is written in first-person plural, and while Browning acknowledges those who helped her develop the program, the fact that she is the only author listed is at odds with statements such as “we are here for you and with you” and “we are certain of your success.” Still, Browning is astutely aware that grieving can be a formidable experience, and outside of some generalization and oversimplification, she offers thoughtful insight and proactive methods for handling monumental emotional turmoil.

Too light at times, but overall, a comprehensive start to help people through the grieving process.

Pub Date: Aug. 6, 2013

ISBN: 978-0977150366

Page Count: 46

Publisher: P.G.S., Incorporated Publishing

Review Posted Online: Dec. 6, 2013

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NUTCRACKER

This is not the Nutcracker sweet, as passed on by Tchaikovsky and Marius Petipa. No, this is the original Hoffmann tale of 1816, in which the froth of Christmas revelry occasionally parts to let the dark underside of childhood fantasies and fears peek through. The boundaries between dream and reality fade, just as Godfather Drosselmeier, the Nutcracker's creator, is seen as alternately sinister and jolly. And Italian artist Roberto Innocenti gives an errily realistic air to Marie's dreams, in richly detailed illustrations touched by a mysterious light. A beautiful version of this classic tale, which will captivate adults and children alike. (Nutcracker; $35.00; Oct. 28, 1996; 136 pp.; 0-15-100227-4)

Pub Date: Oct. 28, 1996

ISBN: 0-15-100227-4

Page Count: 136

Publisher: Harcourt

Review Posted Online: May 19, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 1996

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TO THE ONE I LOVE THE BEST

EPISODES FROM THE LIFE OF LADY MENDL (ELSIE DE WOLFE)

An extravaganza in Bemelmans' inimitable vein, but written almost dead pan, with sly, amusing, sometimes biting undertones, breaking through. For Bemelmans was "the man who came to cocktails". And his hostess was Lady Mendl (Elsie de Wolfe), arbiter of American decorating taste over a generation. Lady Mendl was an incredible person,- self-made in proper American tradition on the one hand, for she had been haunted by the poverty of her childhood, and the years of struggle up from its ugliness,- until she became synonymous with the exotic, exquisite, worshipper at beauty's whrine. Bemelmans draws a portrait in extremes, through apt descriptions, through hilarious anecdote, through surprisingly sympathetic and understanding bits of appreciation. The scene shifts from Hollywood to the home she loved the best in Versailles. One meets in passing a vast roster of famous figures of the international and artistic set. And always one feels Bemelmans, slightly offstage, observing, recording, commenting, illustrated.

Pub Date: Feb. 23, 1955

ISBN: 0670717797

Page Count: -

Publisher: Viking

Review Posted Online: Oct. 25, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 1955

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