Anxiety: The Missing Stage of Grief

A Revolutionary Approach to Understanding and Healing the Impact of Loss
Narrated by: Claire Bidwell Smith
Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
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A groundbreaking audiobook exploring the little-known yet critical connections between anxiety and grief, with practical strategies for healing, following the renowned Kübler-Ross stages model.

Anxiety disorders are on the rise; many people are looking for resources to help them cope with anxiety, yet most people aren't aware that unresolved grief is a primary underpinning - or that the two are related at all. In her therapy practice and in her own life, Claire Bidwell Smith discovered the connections between anxiety and grief. Now, backed by research, case studies, and interviews, Bidwell Smith breaks down the physiology of anxiety, giving listeners a concrete foundation of understanding in order to help them heal the anxiety caused by loss.  

Taking a big step beyond Elisabeth Kübler-Ross' widely accepted five stages, Anxiety: The Missing Stage of Grief explains the intimate connection between death and grief and how they specifically cause anxiety - unpacking everything from our age-old fears about mortality to the bare vulnerability a loss can make us feel.

With concrete tools and coping strategies for panic attacks, getting a handle on anxious thoughts, and more, Bidwell Smith bridges these two emotions in a way that is deeply empathetic and eminently practical.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2018 Claire Bidwell Smith (P)2018 Hachette Audio

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"In Anxiety: The Missing Stage of Grief, Claire Bidwell Smith has found yet another way to powerfully illuminate and deepen our understanding of what it means to grieve. Drawing upon her personal experience with deep loss as well as her many years of working as a grief counselor, Bidwell Smith offers fresh insight into the connection between grief and anxiety. Bidwell Smith's profound compassion for those who've experienced loss has already helped so many people. This trailblazing book will help many more." (Cheryl Strayed, New York Times best-selling author of Wild)

"The world of grief - rote with repeated thoughts over what happened, what might have been, and what might be - provides the perfect breeding ground for anxiety. In pinpointing the connections between the two, Claire Bidwell Smith is the warm and wise friend guiding you toward deeper control over your thoughts, instead of your thoughts wielding control over you." (Rebecca Soffer, coauthor of Modern Loss: Candid Conversation About Grief. Beginners Welcome)

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Absolutely read this

The best grief book ever
I thought I was done grieving due to time passing yet my anxiety only became more pronounced - I never understood that it was anxiety I thought it was just going to be my life after the accidental death of my spouse. This book has given me real words and tools to work with for myself and my 3 kids. Thank you and it’s great to hear the author read her work.

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love this book

I truly felt this was an amazing way to help me understand more about the anxiety I am feeling related to grief and my mothers passing. I will listen again!

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Great book!

I love this book, it helped me realize I wasnt the only one going through this

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Greatly Appreciated

I really appreciated the information outlined. I found it very helpful in working through my grief.

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helpful

very helpful and calming. i read it over and over to help me deal grief and anxiety atracks

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Beautiful Book on Healing

I love this book! It really helped me better understand my anxiety! I felt so much lighter after finishing the book.

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Helpful after sudden and unexpected loss of father

Even though I don't believe the full magnatude of my grief and loss has been felt, I am hopeful that this book has equiped me with the tools to redirect my grief and anxiety into a more productive energy. I am the 37 year old son of my now deceased 68 year old father. I have always suffered from anxiety and fear of the unknown. The loss of my dad has exacerbated this anxiety. This book has been extremely helpful and I am actively using the advice contained within these pages to pick up the pieces and go out into the world and continue to live my life to the fullest. I highly recommend this book for anyone in a similar situation.