’The quotation by Albert Einstein summarises the reason for this little book “In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity”.
Title: Four Seasons of Grieving – a Nurse’s healing journey with nature
Author: A Lynne Wagner
Publisher: Sigma Theta Tau International
Reviewer: Carol Singleton, Queen’s Nurse, North Tyneside
What was it like?
The essence of this small book is summed up beautifully by Gayle L Casterline on the first page: “Four seasons of Grieving offers exquisite insights of poetry and natural phenomena coupled with scholarship and profound tenderness. This is a journey of purposeful soul – healing and the joyful discovery of life and love”.
The author shares with the reader the four seasons of grief through her own healing journey described in the book, which she originally produced and shared as a presentation with professionals.
What were the highlights?
This book allows the reader time to think about their own loss and grief, reflecting on their personal as well as professional experiences and in doing so find ways of coping for themselves and also when supporting others. The book contains illustrations and photographs of the maple tree and each season has coloured pages to reflect the season.
Strengths & weaknesses:
The style of the book may not be to everybody’s taste but it does not need to read from end to end and there are helpful, interesting sections in each of the four seasons covering “ reflective pause”, “nurses corner”, “reflective questions”, quotations and poems. There is a useful index and several appendices covering resources on caring theory and practice including associations (US) books and references.
Who should read it?
This book should be read by anybody who has or is experiencing grief or is supporting others who are going through the process because it contains really helpful practical guidance and shared wisdom for anyone experiencing grief. The quotation by Albert Einstein summarises the reason for this little book “In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity”.
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