The Anatomy of Grief (Hardcover)
Yale University Press, 9780300226232, 328pp.
Publication Date: September 1, 2020
Grief happens to everyone. Universal and enveloping, grief cannot be ignored or denied.
This original new book by psychologist Dorothy P. Holinger uses humanistic and physiological approaches to describe grief’s impact on the bereaved. Taking examples from literature, music, poetry, paleoarchaeology, personal experience, memoirs, and patient narratives, Holinger describes what happens in the brain, the heart, and the body of the bereaved.
Readers will learn what grief is like after a loved one dies: how language and clarity of thought become elusive, why life feels empty, why grief surges and ebbs so persistently, and why the bereaved cry. Resting on a scientific foundation, this literary book shows the bereaved how to move through the grieving process and how understanding grief in deeper, more multidimensional ways can help quell this sorrow and allow life to be lived again with joy.
Visit the author's companion website for The Anatomy of Grief: dorothypholinger.com/
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Praise For The Anatomy of Grief…
“Anatomy of Grief is a gem. Dorothy Holinger approaches grief as a scientist and clinician, combined with personal experience, exploring the evolutionary history, anatomy, and physiology of grief. A real masterpiece.”—Donald L. Schomer, MD, Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School, editor of Niedermeyer’s Electroencephalography, VIth and VIIth editions
"The Anatomy of Grief brings together Dorothy Holinger’s expertise in brain research and her clinical work with grieving patients. She speaks compellingly to the grief-stricken, urging them to resist society's pressure to 'get over it' on some imposed timetable."—Barbara J. King, author of How Animals Grieve