• Schoenbeck captures beautifully what I have heard others say about their grief, and what I have experienced myself. Her readers will be grateful to find their thoughts and feelings so accurately named and understood. The book’s abundant resources are a gift to all who face the death of someone they love.

    —Kathleen Fischer

    Author of numerous books related to spiritual realms, including Transforming Fire, Autumn Gospel, Women at the Well, and Imaging Life After Death.

    A quote from author
    Kathleen Fischer

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    This is an important book. It is also a healing book and God knows we need more of those.

    —Kent Nerburn

    Author of twelve books on spirituality and Native themes including Neither Wolf nor Dog, Simple Truths, and The Wolf at Twilight.

    A quote from author
    Kent Nerburn

  • Sue writes for all people irrespective of religious preference. Her writing is evocative and touching. She opens the doorway into a world of remembrance…a world we all may access any time we wish.

    —Father John Domin
    Archdiocese of Portland

    Father John Domin, Archdiocese of Portland

We human beings tend to see ourselves primarily as physical beings. But we are not primarily a body housing a mind and a spirit. We are a spirit animating, for a time on this earth, a mind and a body. When our mind and body wear out and are gone, the spirit that is you and me remains.

—Susan L. Schoenbeck

Good Grief: Daily Mediations

A Book of Caring & Remembrance

This book is dedicated to those who have lost loved ones and whose hearts are broken. The thoughts and experiences contained in Good Grief are meant to soothe the pain of grief, which is unimaginable to those who have not experienced such loss.

Friends often gather at the time of death and then, as the weeks and months go by, they slip away. It’s in our nature to find it more comfortable to attend a memorial service than to sit beside a friend who is experiencing their sixth month of grieving. We do not know what to say. Most often we say nothing. This book lets people know they can help each other not feel so alone after losing a loved one.

For years we have been told those who grieve should accept their loss and move on. But we are ill-equipped to stop loving someone who has been important in our lives. This is something most of us cannot do. Our memories contradict the notion the deceased do not exist anymore. We remember those who have passed on and experience them in our everyday lives with a sense of awe, connectedness and joy. This book shows us how we can continue expressing our love for them. We learn that awareness of the continuity of life after death opens the door to a continued relationship with a loved one.

Most pages contained in Good Grief have three sections. The segment at the top of the page is a statement to help the reader think more expansively about death. The boxed section is an affirmation the reader may contemplate each day. The third section contains a quote that validates the mourners’ feelings by letting them know they are not the only ones who feel the way they do. Progression through the three parts will lead readers to sort out truths and gain an awareness of the eternal spirit with whom they may commune.