• Permission to Grieve: Creating Grace, Space, & Room to Breathe in the Aftermath of Loss

  • By: Shelby Forsythia
  • Narrated by: Shelby Forsythia
  • Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)

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Permission to Grieve: Creating Grace, Space, & Room to Breathe in the Aftermath of Loss

By: Shelby Forsythia
Narrated by: Shelby Forsythia
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The voice behind the popular grief podcast Coming Back: Conversations on Life After Loss puts pen to paper in her first book to create a powerful permission slip for anyone facing the devastating heartbreak that comes with death, divorce, diagnosis, and so much more.

When loss steamrolls through, there’s a lot of hidden and not-so-hidden “rules” about the way you’re “supposed” to grieve: “You should be over it after a year.” “Put on a brave face.” “Keep your grief at home.”

Permission to Grieve calls out society’s garbage rules for what they really are: toxic and repressive narratives that insist we abandon our true selves in the face of grief. Shelby asks instead:

  • What if we allowed grief the freedom to influence our emotions?
  • What if we allowed grief the power to alter our identities at home, school, and work?
  • What if we allowed grief to show up in the physical world through art, memorial, and ritual?
  • What if we gave ourselves...Permission to Grieve?

Drawing on her experience as a grieving person and two years’ worth of interviews with grief experts like Megan Devine, Kerry Egan, and Caleb Wilde, Shelby Forsythia makes the case for radical, self-honoring permission - free from personal judgement and society’s restrictive timelines and rules. Permission to Grieve guides you to call your grief out of hiding and invites you to give it permission through thoughtful writing prompts and easy-to-follow exercises.

In this book, you’ll learn:

  • How society encourages us to practice life-rejection and self-abandonment instead of expressing our grief
  • The three big permissions that unlock the emotions, identities, and actions our grief wants to express - featuring insights from podcast guests and Shelby Forsythia’s personal grief community
  • Tips and tricks for practicing permission to grieve in the real world - including how to ask for permission to grieve from friends, family, and coworkers and tools for helping others tap into their own permission to grieve

Permission to Grieve is not a hall pass from a higher authority; it’s a personal practice that is strengthened with self-awareness, attention, and love. You don’t have to wait to receive permission to grieve; you already have it.

Permission to Grieve is a book for people who are tired of covering up and pushing down their pain. It’s a book for people who know that there’s a better, more compassionate way to approach the worst thing that has ever happened to them. It’s a book for people who believe that grief is not an enemy to be vanquished as quickly as possible, but an opportunity to connect more deeply with their human selves. Because even in the midst of loss, Shelby writes, we can create grace, space, and room to breathe.

©2019 Shelby Forsythia (P)2019 Shelby Forsythia, LLC

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BEST Grief book ever!!

I cannot recommend this book more. For someone who has been searching long for a guide on how to grieve and survive grief, this is the book! Permission to Grieve is one of those books that touches your soul and Shelby’s humility, compassion, and originality is contagious. Please read this book if you are grieving or if you love someone who is. ❤️❤️❤️

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Way to much cursing to want to listen to more

Not what expected. A lot of hard cursing. She sounds angry and not comforting. The book starts off with grieving obeys wallet.
Not where I expected it to go. I tried to continue listing. Just to hard due to the excessive amount of the f work.

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A lifelong resource for mending a broken heart

This audiobook is relatable on so many levels to anyone dealing with death, diagnosis and the other various struggles we incur during this lifetime.
You will be finding yourself saying "that's me" and "I feel the exact same way" allowing you to feel as if you're not alone in this journey that you probably have never ever prepared yourself for.
Comforting and written with heart and soul. A must listen!