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A New Resource for Those Experiencing Loss

With It's OK That You're Not OK, Megan Devine offers a profound new approach to both the experience of grief and the way we help others who have endured tragedy. Having experienced grief from both sides - as both a therapist and as a woman who witnessed the accidental drowning of her beloved partner - Megan writes with deep insight about the unspoken truths of loss, love, and healing. She debunks the culturally prescribed goal of returning to a normal, "happy" life, replacing it with a far healthier middle path, one that invites us to build a life alongside grief rather than seeking to overcome it.

On this unabridged audio recording read by the author, Megan offers stories, research, life tips, and creative and mindfulness-based practices to guide us through an experience we all must face. With Megan's gentle but direct guidance, you'll learn:

  • Why well-meaning advice, therapy, and spiritual wisdom so often end up making it harder for people in grief
  • How challenging the myths of grief - doing away with stages, timetables, and unrealistic ideals about how grief should unfold - allows us to accept it as a mystery to be honored instead of a problem to solve
  • Practical guidance for managing stress, improving sleep, and decreasing anxiety without trying to "fix" your pain

Many people who have suffered a loss feel judged, dismissed, and misunderstood by a culture that wants to "solve" grief. Megan writes, "Grief no more needs a solution than love needs a solution." It's OK That You're Not OK is a book for grieving people, those who love them, and all those seeking to love themselves - and each other - better.

©2017 Megan Devine (P)2017 Sounds True

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Transfigurative treatise on grief

This audio book is articulated with poignant authenticity. It is a seminal work on living with tragic loss. It has personal reflection, research, powerful quotes, and useful activities. I highly recommend this book. I plan to listen to it often. Thank-you!

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someone understands

this book is a beautifully understanding and gentle reminder that grief is not something you just get over. it has brought me comfort and helped me with some ways I can move forward with my grief.

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Thank you!

She really got it. All the sad and ugly truth of losing someone. I’m really glad I found this book.

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From a broken heart

This book has helped me with the loss of my daughter. It is a suggested must read for those that grieve

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real grief for real people

Megan lends invaluable insight into the world of grief and why it can make us feel so crazy. This book will revolutionize your experience and understanding of our cultural model of grief, how simple tending and pure acceptance is often withheld. You are ok, however you are not ok - feel that, take it in, know you are not alone in tending your loss and new life with Megan, this wonderful book and the brave community of the grief revolution as companions.

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Humbled

Helped me to find a way to support a very dear friend as she goes through the grief of losing her husband. Thank you!

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By far the best "grief" book

I lost my triplets 5 months into my pregnancy about 4 1/2 years ago. I've read many of books, listened to podcasts, gone to group and private counseling, but this book said it all. I grasped every word and related to every feeling. Grief cannot be healed, it will always exist. Reducing the suffering is the only thing we can control and even that takes times. Allowing one's self to be okay with not being okay is very freeing.

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Just how I feel

Megan does a tremendous job of describing how I feel. She compassionately but frankly helps the bereaved and those who want to help the bereaved navigate the impossible, death! The notion that grief is not something to be fixed seems obvious but is so well stated over and over in this must read for those who are the grief road, especially if their loss was sudden and unexpected. Peace to all who read!

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Great validation and guidance for your grief

A grief book that isn’t about moving on or the stages of grief. Megan provides a realistic perspective on how to help yourself carry your grief from someone who has been through it

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A different take on grief and loss

We have all heard about the stage of grief and loss. Megan Devine presents a different take on the journey of grief. A more realistic take on the pain and the suffering involved in the loss of a loved one, how to move forward and how to provide the support, companionship, kindness and love that the grieving person needs.

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  • Donnocha
  • 10-30-17

Wise & compassionate

A wise and compassionate book. Well read. Useful for anyone who has been bereaved, and for those who support them.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-24-18

Well meaning intentions but lecturing

Some empathy. Narrator's deliberate pauses made it sound insincere. Lecturing in places. Unhelpfully spiritually cynical.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-04-18

Very Thankful for this book

The Author’s goal is to give companionship in such tragic times, and she does that with flying colors. A realist and doesn’t give false hope, but really Strategies in knowing it’s ok not to be ok.

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  • Claire Martenson
  • 11-23-17

Excellent!

I bought Megan's book on audible because I had family members experience grief and loss and I wanted to be able to help them the best I could.
I found Megan's book just beautiful.
She has such a compassionate and empathetic voice and on several occasions I was brought to tears. I have learned so much from her book and have already notice positive changes for my new management of grief. Thank you, Meghan! Your friend.