I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye: Surviving, Coping, and Healing After the Sudden Death of a Loved One

I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye: Surviving, Coping, and Healing After the Sudden Death of a Loved One

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Overview

Each year about eight million Americans suffer the death of someone close to them. Now for those who face the challenges of sudden death, there is a hand to hold. Written by two women who have experienced sudden loss, this updated edition of the best selling bereavement classic will touch, comfort, uplift and console. Authors Brook Noel and Pamela D. Blair, Ph.D., offer a comforting hand to hold for those who are grieving the sudden death of a loved one.Featured on ABC World News, Friends and many other shows, this book acts as a touchstone of sanity through difficult times. I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye covers such difficult topics as the first few weeks, suicide, death of a child, children and grief, funerals and rituals, physical effects, homicide and depression. With new material covering the unique circumstances of loss, men and women's grieving styles, religion and faith, myths and misunderstandings, I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye reflects the shifting face of grief.This book has offered solace to over eighty thousand people, ranging from seniors to teenagers and from the newly bereaved to those who lost a loved one years ago. Individuals engulfed by the immediate aftermath will find a special chapter covering the first few weeks.Tapping their personal histories and drawing on numerous interviews, authors Brook Noel and Pamela D. Blair, Ph.D., explore unexpected death and its role in the cycle of life. I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye provides survivors with a rock-steady anchor from which to weather the storm of pain and begin to rebuild their lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781452607504
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date: 04/30/2012
Edition description: Unabridged CD
Sales rank: 613,341
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 5.50(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Pamela D. Blair, Ph.D., is the author of The Next Fifty Years and coauthor, with Brook Noel, of You're Not Alone.

Brook Noel is the author or coauthor of many books on a variety of topics, including The Make Today Matter Makeover, The Change Your Life Challenge, The Single Parent Resource, and 400 Rush Hour Recipes.

Ellen Archer is an acclaimed audiobook narrator and winner of the coveted Audie Award for For the Love of a Dog by Patricia B. McConnell, PhD.

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"I highly recommend this book, not only to the bereaved, but to the friends and counselors as well." —-Helen Fitzgerald, author of The Grieving Child

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I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was on the shelf when I was looking for a book to help me through the sudden loss of my fiancee. There were very few people in my life that could relate to this type of loss...as this was an untimely tragic death. I wanted something that could help me understand what I was feeling...he wasn't old, he wasn't sick...he was in a car accident. There were so many things that I would read in this book and finally was able to say to myself, "what I am feeling is normal!" I didn't know how to move forward in my life, since I myself never experienced a tragic death...up until this, everyone that I knew that passed away was very sick or elderly. I would certainly recommend this book to anyone who is going through this type of loss...it IS different from losing someone that was sick or old. And anyone who knows anyone who recently experienced this, buy it for them! Even if they are not ready to read it right away, it will be there for them to poke through when they want validation of their feelings!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thank you for your words of wisdom and compassion. I would recommend this book to everyone, whether you are grieving or not. One day you may need it for yourself or someone close to you. This is a well written guidebook to carry anyone through the experience of losing a close loved one suddenly. It contains sections dealing with specific losses such as: a spouse or partner, a sibling, suicide, mass death (such as terrorism), fallen heroes, and others. Each section is thoughtful and helpful. It also has a wonderful portion of the book carrying the reader step by step through the immediate aftermath of sudden death. The back couple chapters are dealing with additional resources and activities to help with grief work. This book helps to not feel like your going crazy and to let it come out how you need it to. I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who has suddenly lost a loved one, it lets you know your not alone and to feel alright about how you feel at any particular time. Grief is a very individual experience that nobody except the person inside your head will ever understand. These authors have written a resource to help you find your way through that deep, dark forest into the light again.      
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a outstanding book and a must book for anyone who has lost a loved one in a accident . It helps you to understand the roller coaster ride and how to deal with people and the everyday ordeal of living with this grief. It was really my life line and I have passed it on to several people who have lost loved ones . I lost my daughter and son in law in a horrible hellicpoter crash coming to me in Florida to bury my Mother all in twenty four hour period .
beachlvr0804 More than 1 year ago
I lost both of my parents within 8 days of each other (July/August 2008)and I still struggle every day with the emptiness and the "why" of it all. My Mother was diagnosed with a glioblastoma brain tumor and was gone within 6 weeks. Eight days prior to her death we lost my Father to a massive heart attack sitting on the side of the road, alone. The last few months have been a blur......the why's have gone unanswered, the emptiness unfilled. My siblings and I struggle daily trying to understand why God would allow this to happen to our family. This book has answered some questions and offered hope. Only time can heal. I know that we will never be the same as a family, but this has definitely been the best read (out of many books I have bought seeking answers) and I would highly recommend it to anyone going through losing a loved one.
KGF41 More than 1 year ago
This book was given to me by my daughter, when my son accidently drowned in Fla in July 2008. He was 41 and the love of my life. This book has helped me get thru my worst days. I still pick it up and read certain chapters when I am having a bad time. I would highly recommend this book to others that have lost a loved one.
Liz33 More than 1 year ago
excellant accompaniment when one is on this journey loss . very comprehensive and helpful in that it addresses so much. a great source of support on this journey where no one reallly knows what to say or so many do not have a clue what it is like to go thru this.
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tn91 More than 1 year ago
I received a bunch of books from people after I lost my husband in a car accident leaving me to care for my 5yr old son and 16month old daughter. It was a horrible time and no one has any clue what you are going through unless they have lost someone tragically, especially someone from your household. Life changes so fast and so many unanswered questions. I purchased this book for myself and it was the ONLY book that i read, all the others i lost interest after first couple pages, this book seemed like someone actually understood what i was going through and made me feel not so alone in a world where everyone else went back to their "normal life" that i did not have anymore. I have given this book to so many people since then when they've lost someone and knowing what it did for me and still does even after 3 1/2 years i will keep passing it on.
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Doug_DePew More than 1 year ago
I've struggled for months with what appeared to be a mid-life crisis. In researching how to get through it, I tracked the source down to delayed grief. I lost my brother in 1995 and my dad in 2000 in very similar auto accidents. I don't think I ever grieved them properly and it surfaced in my forties. This book is one of the ones I found to address my particular situation. This is a well written guidebook to carry anyone through the experience of losing a close loved one suddenly. It contains sections dealing with specific losses such as: a spouse or partner, a sibling, suicide, mass death (such as terrorism), fallen heroes, and others. Each section is thoughtful and helpful. It also has a wonderful portion of the book carrying the reader step by step through the immediate aftermath of sudden death. The back couple chapters are dealing with additional resources and activities to help with grief work. The authors of this book have both dealt with sudden death themselves. Part of what I found most useful was reading the sections they wrote about their personal situations. I'm still working on the back exercises. I think that will take a while. I wish I'd had this book in 1995 when I lost my brother. Even though my grief was delayed by decades, I am still finding it helpful. Grief is a very individual experience that nobody except the person inside your head will ever understand. These authors have written a resource to help you find your way through that deep, dark forest into the light again. I recommend it to anyone who's experienced a sudden death. I'll keep my copy when I'm finished to hand on to the first person I know who needs it. It helps
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Nana4718 More than 1 year ago
I recommend this book. It help me thru the roaler coaster I'm on. My sister sent it to me after I lost my 28 yr old daughter Irene. Deputy Rios was on her way to the airport for work duty when she had her accident in 08/13/2008. It helps you deal with the steps of losing a loved one from one day to the next. Unfortunately, I'm about to buy the same book to give to a dear freind who just lost her sister thru an accident.
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this book was very helpful
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