Category Archives: Lending Insight

Book Review: “The Grief Recovery Handbook, 20th Anniversary Expanded Edition: The Action Program for Moving Beyond Death, Divorce, and Other Losses including Health, Career, and Faith” by John W. James and Russell Friedman

A comprehensive guide to moving through loss

“The Grief Recovery Handbook: The Action Program for Moving Beyond Death, Divorce, and Other Losses Including Health, Career and Faith” has become a classic of the genre, a  comprehensive resource guide to dealing with one of the most difficult emotions … Continue reading

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Book Review: “The Blue Day Book” by Bradley Trevor Greive

A photo essay on how to deal with inevitable hard times

A number of years ago, I was going through a particularly rough patch in my life. I had been diagnosed a few years earlier with a rare neurologic disease that left me in constant pain and unable to work. The … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “David Bowie: The Last Five Years” Directed By Francis Whately

A fascinating documentary about the final years of a mysterious rock icon

The chameleon-like David Bowie constantly battled against modern convention and predictability. The rock legend seemed to transform into a new character every few years, from his clean-cut mod phase of the 1960s to his outlandish platform boots and neon orange mullet … Continue reading

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“Movie Review: “The Queen” with Helen Mirren

The inside story of Princess Diana's death

The movie “The Queen,” released in 2006, follows the aftermath of Princess Diana’s death in a car crash. While much of the UK is plunged into mourning, Queen Elizabeth II (Helen Mirren) remains unaffected by the loss. She had not … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Keep Calm and Color On,” Illustrated by Katie Martin

A book that shows us that picking up a colored pencil can help ease the pain of grief

I realize that “Keep Calm and Color On: The Coloring Book for Your Inner Creative” is not a book that qualifies as actual reading material. Yet as a form of mediation for those who are grieving, the genre should not … Continue reading

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Book Review: “From Here To Eternity: Traveling The World In Search Of The Good Death,” by Caitlin Doughty

Author Caitlin Doughty traveled the world to see how other cultures care for their loved ones who have died

“From Here To Eternity” by Caitlin Doughty is a fascinating look at funerary practices from around the world. Doughty, herself a funeral home owner, was inspired to witness how death is dealt with in other cultures. She wanted to show … Continue reading

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