Summary Of Living When A Loved One, By Rabbi Earl A. Grollman

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“It is impossible to comprehend the intense anguish of loss, until death comes to someone you love” (Grollman, pg. ix). There’s nothing worse than experiencing the death of a loved one, and trying to adapt to a life without their smile, warm embrace, and presence. In this book, Living when a loved one has died, Rabbi Earl A. Grollman has comprised various poems about grief into four sections: shock, suffering, recovery, and new life. Before he transitions to a new chapter, Grollman provides a brief summary of what the grieving individual is going through, at a certain stage of grief. Although I haven’t experienced the death of a loved one, myself, I can imagine how this book can be comforting to an individual who feels like a part of them has died, due to the death of a loved one. Rabbi Earl A. Grollman wrote Living when a loved one has died for grieving individuals to understand, work through their grief, and to be successful in adapting to a new life without their loved one. In my opinion, I believe this book is appropriate to the funeral industry, considering, it could be provided to grieving families we serve, and bring them comfort. Henceforth, I appreciate that Rabbi Earl A. Grollman avoids euphemisms and fairy tales in this book, as well as, all his other work. We live in a death denying society where words like “death” and “died”, are commonly avoided. Prior to the mortuary science program, I concluded I used euphemisms, like “passed away” and “lost”, for the
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