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Grieving Dads: To the Brink and Back is a collection of candid stories from grieving dads that were interviewed over a two year period. The book offers insight from fellow members of, in the haunting words of one dad, "this terrible, terrible club," which consists of men who have experienced the death of a child. This book is a collection of survival stories by men who havGrieving Dads: To the Brink and Back is a collection of candid stories from grieving dads that were interviewed over a two year period. The book offers insight from fellow members of, in the haunting words of one dad, "this terrible, terrible club," which consists of men who have experienced the death of a child. This book is a collection of survival stories by men who have survived the worst possible loss and lived to tell the tale. They are real stories that pull no punches and are told with brutal honesty. Men that have shared their deepest and darkest moments. Moments that included thoughts of suicide, self-medication and homelessness. Some of these men have found their way back from the brink while others are still standing there, stuck in their pain. The core message of Grieving Dads is "you're not alone." It is a message that desperately needs to be delivered to grieving dads who often grieve in silence due to society's expectations. Grieving Dads: To the Brink and Back is a book that no grieving dad or anyone who cares for him should be without. As any grieving parent will tell you, there are no words to describe the hell one experiences after the death of a child. Many men have no clue how to deal with or understand the myriad emotional, mental, and physical responses experienced after the death of a child. Stories appearing in the book have been carefully selected to represent a cross-section of fathers, as well as a diverse portrayal of loss. This approach helps reflect the full spectrum of grief, from the early days of shock and trauma to the long view after living with loss for many years. Any bereaved father will find brotherhood in these pages, and will feel that someone understands them. While there is plenty of raw emotion in this book-the stories are not exercises in self-pity nor are they studies in grief. They are survival stories instead. Some are testimonies to hope. Some are gut-wrenching accounts of overwhelming despair. But all of them are real-life stories from real-life grieving dads, and they show that even if one reaches his physical and emotional bottom, it is possible (although not easy) to live through that pain and find one's way to the other side of grief. Most dads in this book found themselves in a state of physical, mental, and emotional collapse after the death of their child. As if the losses alone weren't enough to drive these men to the brink, most try to deal with their grief according to the conventional wisdom so many men are brought up with, which perversely, increases their suffering all the more. We all know the party line about how men are "supposed" to deal with loss or even disappointment: toughen up, get back to work, take it like a man, support your wife, don't talk about your emotions, don't lose control, and if you must cry-by all means do so in private....

Title : Grieving Dads: To the Brink and Back
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ISBN : 9780985205188
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 123 Pages
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Grieving Dads: To the Brink and Back Reviews

  • Steven
    2019-01-09 15:04

    This is a very helpful book, aimed at letting grieving dads know that it really is OK to publicly grieve the loss of a child. This book also helps dispell the myth that there is a short time to grieve, and then we must move on. I got a lot out of this book, and highly recommend this book to anyone that has lost a child.

  • AJ
    2019-01-03 07:15

    This is a very deep and moving book. I would recommend it to any man who has suffered the loss of a child or anyone who cares about such a man. Be warned though, it is a very challenging book emotionally. It may be just under 125 pages, but you probably should not try reading it at one sitting. Give yourself time to digest what you will learn, one chapter at a time.

  • Troy
    2018-12-27 14:14

    This was a hard book to read as my 23 year old son, Hunter, passed away on 12 August 2017. Aside from my reluctance to read it, I'm glad I did. Not only did it validate some things I thought (people not knowing what to say to me), this book also provided me with some additional coping skills that may help.The fact that this book is written by a father who lost two children and all of the stories within it are also from fathers who have lost children makes this a rare find. There are very few resources out there for grieving fathers, but this helps close the gap a little. The only thing I wanted to see more of were stories of fathers whose children were older and died from an accident - ones that were most like what I have been facing the last seven weeks. Aside from that, this was well worth the read.While this book is geared toward grieving dads, I feel that the advice and some of the coping skills could also benefit moms as well. Well written, honest, and emotionally hard to read at times, but I'm thankful I had the opportunity to read this.

  • Bill Williams
    2019-01-13 12:15

    Sigh. So what I feel is normal? It sucks