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Resilient Grieving: How to Find Your Way Through a Devastating Loss


Resilient Grieving offers an empowering alternative to the five stages of grief―and makes clear our capacity for growth following the trauma of a devastating loss The death of someone we hold dear may be inevitable; being paralyzed by our grief is not. Recent research has revealed our capacity for resilient grieving, our innate ability to respond to traumatic loss by finding ways to grow―by becoming more engaged with our lives, and discovering new, profound meaning.

In 2014, Lucy was faced with her own inescapable sorrow after her 12-year-old daughter was killed in a car accident. By following the strategies of resilient grieving, she found a proactive way to move through her grief, and, over time, embrace life again. Since then, Lucy has become a leading voice in resilience and bereavement science, overturning widely held myths and misconceptions, making plain the harms of rigid models such as Kübler-Ross’s five stages, and advocating for a more adaptive grieving process that emphasizes emotions, relationships, attention, forgiveness, and self-compassion.