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David Kessler - the world's foremost expert on grief and the coauthor with Elisabeth Kübler-Ross of the iconic On Grief and Grieving - journeys beyond the classic five stages to discover a sixth stage: meaning.

David has spent decades teaching about end of life, trauma and grief. And yet his life was upended by the sudden death of his 21-year-old son. How does the grief expert handle such a devastating loss? 

In Finding Meaning, Kessler shares his hard-earned wisdom and offers a road map to remembering those who have died with more love than pain, how to move forward in a way that honours our loved ones and ultimately transform grief into a more peaceful and hopeful experience. 

An inspiring, deeply intelligent must-listen for anyone struggling to figure out how to live after loss.

©2019 David Kessler (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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Inadvertently flaunts authors secure place in family and community.

Some excellent helpful analogies and stories which have ease a little the pain of losing my 39 year old son to aggressive cancer. Helped me understand a bit more bout the process and the meaning of meaning..

So a worthwhile read till The text becomes a story of David’s sons death an his grief. I get that personal experience can enhance understanding. However I found it a bit self indulgent at times.

David’s stories of how his many family and friends came around him and helped him through his journey sounded lovely. However, not everyone has the privilege of caring family and friends and I felt he lacked empathy to those grieving in isolation and almost inferred that everyone has or can find a support group. Life isn’t like that.

So I’d recommend about the first two thirds of the book. But found the last part quite lacking in empathy.

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Recommended to anyone going through grief

I have recently lost someone very close to me. It was a sudden and unexpected death. I have been struggling really bad with grasping the reality of it. This book was my companion and a guide through it. I was sceptical at first, as it's started with a number of 'divine signs' stories. Such as great 'coincidences' after someone's death. Or some other grand things that happened because of the death. Which made me feel a bit left out as none of that has happened to me. Or I'm not planning on creating a charity or run a marathon. I don't think you need to do any that to find 'meaning' in someone's death. I was glad to see the narrative change swiftly after that. The rest of the book is very much about an ordinary person dealing with grief and trying to live with it. I think what is truly meant by the meaning is that after a great loss, we are a changed person. There is no true meaning in someone's death. There's no great reason for it. It was not meant to be. But you need to find a way to live with it and live the best you can, as it gives you a whole new perspective on everything and everyone around you.

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Beautiful and Helpful

Very useful and yet beautiful book. David Kessler talks in a very sensitive way about this extremely difficult subject.

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I loved this book

I find David a really genuine person. I.like the fact he reads his own books and he talks from the heart. David tells you what got him into the work.he does and how he lost his mum when he was just 13. Throughout his life he has helped other people through loss and grief. I lost my son to mental health/suicide in April this year, 2020. listening to David talk helps to calm me down. I am going through a really tough time with my grief and PTSD. Hearing David talk about his own son, David Jnr, really resonates with me. He lost a young adult child, he learned the grief you feel when it's your child, is just unbearable..I listen to this at night, to calm my thoughts and it really helps. Just knowing the writer has been through what he is talking about, helps me to trust him and believe in what he says. Thank you David..I am not fixed yet, but I am taking everything you say on board and I have joined your group Tender Hearts, to see how I get on with that. Thank you