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Like Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross' groundbreaking On Death and Dying, Susan Anderson's book clearly defines the five phases of a different kind of grieving - grieving over a lost relationship. An experienced professional who has specialized in helping people with loss, heartbreak, and abandonment for more than two decades, Anderson gives this subject the serious attention it deserves. The Journey from Abandonment to Healing is designed to help all victims of emotional breakups - whether they are suffering from a recent loss or a lingering wound from the past; whether they are caught up in patterns that sabotage their own relationships or they are in a relationship where they no longer feel loved. From the first stunning blow to starting over, this book provides a complete program for abandonment recovery.

©2000, 2014 Susan Anderson, CSW (P)2014 Tantor

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"If there can be a pill to cure the heartbreak of rejection, this book may be it." ---Rabbi Harold Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People

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  • Dan
  • Manitoba
  • 03-16-16

Amazing Book

What made the experience of listening to The Journey from Abandonment to Healing the most enjoyable?

It's been five years since my 20-year marriage was destroyed one morning. I have searched for books, gone to counseling but nothing made sense until I started reading this book.

What did you like best about this story?

I wondered how my partner was able to move on so quickly while I was still in love and incapable of moving on. This book described my situation to a "T" and was the first book that made sense to me. It helped me to get on the road to recovery. It is a must read if you are grieving over a relationship and can't seem to move on.

What did you learn from The Journey from Abandonment to Healing that you would use in your daily life?

I cannot look to anybody or anything else for my happiness except inside myself.

Any additional comments?

I feel deep gratitude to the author for writing this book.

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finally! A book for our particular type of grief

Should be a mandatory reading for all mental health professionals. one size grief doesn't fit all.

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Excellent! A must-listen!

This book may be helpful for those who have issues related to abandonment, low self-esteem, negative cyclical thoughts, sustaining relationships, trust that loved ones/good things in their lives are steady and reliable, etc. I'm so grateful I listened to this, and have been recommending it to my friends. And now I'm recommending it to you! I hope it helps you. If not, please keep trying and looking.

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You need this book.

This book helped me through a really difficult time in my life.

I had been searching for a therapist, and in the meantime I found this book. This book was so useful to me and what I was going through that I no longer needed to see a therapist so urgently. This book, by no means, is a replacement for therapy, but it has given me tools I connect with, and have been using regularly to better myself.

If you are the kind of person who is willing to grow and learn about yourself and others, read this. It provides really simple tools to help make difficult situations much better managed. I now have the ability to act with reason and logic when presented with difficult or upsetting information, rather than feeling anger or sadness. I understand my emotions much better now.

She also uses biological facts about how the brain processes information, which has provided some much needed justification.

I will keep listening to this book as a reference, and have recommended it with a few people already. I could not recommend it more highly.

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Outstanding

Thank you. this book has helped me to understand my past conditioning and rise above it.

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So much great information!

there is so much great information in this book! You will want to have paper and a pencil to make sure you can take notes.

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Dicey beginning, meaty middle, practical end.

Helpful, insightful, useful, this book gives practical help one can implement. Susan has kept her topic clear and the action plan makes sense and is realistic and do able.

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Excellent

I enjoyed this book immensely. Helped me to understand much of what I feel inside. Helped me to better understand myself and the condition of my heart and inner child. Have recommended this book to friends and family.

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Thanks

I knew there was a key to the enter me. This book just granted me the right to be happy.

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Pam@beachluxuryhomes.co.za

This book, I found very helpful to understand what is clearly going on for me in my life. I have been abandoned many times in my life. The last time was by my beloved friend and husband of 33 years together. I now am beginning to see how to deal with my feelings, thanks to the clarity I got from the book. I would need to listen to it again because I felt the big, little, inner child, outer child process, was confusing to me and in order to get more clarity on this process, I need to understand it better. It's difficult to take everything in clearly, the first time.
This book was recommended to me by my Life Practitioner/therapist. I really enjoyed the clarity and healing I felt from this book,
Thank you Susan.
I have forward the book to a number of my colleagues and hope it will bring some clarity to them as it has for me.
Regards,
Pamela

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  • L. M. Barber
  • 10-10-16

Life affirming

I think Susan Anderson wrote this book after observing my first 50 years of life. I feel someone understands me & wants to put a caring arm around my shoulder.

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  • shweta
  • 02-23-16

good insight

really insightful with practical tips for someone who's going through abandonment. will recommend to friend's

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  • Jacqui Daniels-Gillen
  • 08-20-17

Helpful and Useful

I think this book aptly summarises and explains abandonment and there are lots of good examples in it. I particularly agreed with the explanation linking current experiences to past losses. It gives positive hopeful expectation to the reader that they can recover.

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