Walking in Grace with Grief Meditations for Healing After Loss
When Temple’s 29-year-old son is killed in a car crash, she is overcome with grief. In this gentle narrative, Temple shares her observations on life and death, as well as her techniques for accepting, dealing with, and eventually walking in grace with grief.
Part memoir, part guidance and self-help through grief, Walking In Grace With Grief is tender and heartbreaking. Temple gives an unabashed account of how she responded to grief, providing insightful, heartfelt and heartbreaking observations about how a death trickles into every aspect of one’s life–to the point that she wasn’t sure how to refer to herself “mother of one or two?” How to have a conversation without bringing up a dead child? Temple uncovers observations about the stages of grief and life, such as accepting “a new normal” and recognizing how much grief is attached to the stories, futures and ending she had written for her son.
One technique Temple uses is meditation, and she includes several detailed instruction on meditation techniques. While the blowing up roses meditation is a bit jarring and contrary to the peaceful tone of the narrative, it is a technique Temple used to help clear the stories she had written = something Temple realized a large source of her grief.
The true potential of the narrative is however, hindered by excessive telling rather than showing. It mostly informs the reader rather than using more evocative descriptions and metaphors such as grief being a wound “kept under wraps by a bandage of activity, mindfulness, healing talks . . .”
Temple does succeed in conveying her story in a sincere and calm tone, offering advice and encouragement as an inspiring springboard to accept their grief. Numerous references to titles by authors such as Byron Katie and Jon Kabat-Zinn, that helped Temple through her difficult times, provide further resources for needing more solace and inspiration through their journey and conscious grieving.
Walking In Grace With Grief provides insight, guidance and loving lessons for those looking for a way to get through their grief.
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