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The Wild Edge of Sorrow

Rituals of Renewal and the Sacred Work of Grief
Narrated by: Derek Botten
Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
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Noted psychotherapist Francis Weller provides an essential guide for navigating the deep waters of sorrow and loss in this lyrical yet practical handbook for mastering the art of grieving. Describing how Western patterns of amnesia and anesthesia affect our capacity to cope with personal and collective sorrows, Weller reveals the new vitality we may encounter when we welcome, rather than fear, the pain of loss. Through moving personal stories, poetry, and insightful reflections, he leads us into the central energy of sorrow and to the profound healing and heightened communion with each other and our planet that reside alongside it.

The Wild Edge of Sorrow explains that grief has always been communal and illustrates how we need the healing touch of others, an atmosphere of compassion, and the comfort of ritual in order to fully metabolize our grief. Weller describes how we often hide our pain from the world, wrapping it in a secret mantle of shame. This causes sorrow to linger unexpressed in our bodies, weighing us down and pulling us into the territory of depression and death. We have come to fear grief and feel too alone to face an encounter with the powerful energies of sorrow.

Those who work with people in grief, who have experienced the loss of a loved one, who mourn the ongoing destruction of our planet, or who suffer the accumulated traumas of a lifetime will appreciate the discussion of obstacles to successful grief work such as privatized pain, lack of communal rituals, a pervasive feeling of fear, and a culturally restrictive range of emotion. Weller highlights the intimate bond between grief and gratitude, sorrow and intimacy. In addition to showing us that the greatest gifts are often hidden in the things we avoid, he offers powerful tools and rituals and a list of resources to help us transform grief into a force that allows us to live and love more fully.

©2015 Francis Weller (P)2016 Random House Audio

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great book, but generically read

really appreciated the point of view and the information, but would have preferred if the author had read it himself, rather than hiring a pro. It loses some of the feeling of the book because it is read in such a generic way

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Grief for Dummies

FIRST CLASS!!
Francis blends all of my favorites:
Malidoma Some, Doug von Koss, Robert Moore, Robert Bly, Martin Shaw John Lee, Miguel Rivera, Martin Prechtel, Alice Miller, Carl Gustav Jung, Danny Deardorf, Jay Lemming, Marcus Wise, David Whetstone, Thomas Smith, & Tim Young into a multicolored grief essay! 🌈
Long life
Honey in the heart
No evil
Thirteen thank yous

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An excellent book

This book addresses grief and sorrow in a poetic and insightful way. It is an important book and well worth reading.

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Help with grief

I have been feeling grief in many areas of my life and this book helped me understand the multi-faceted grief experience. I feel grief about our earth, our ancestors and in my present situation of a recent loss of my dad and upcoming loss of my mom. As I grew to understand the grief experience in a deeper way through this book, it helped me with perspective and how to view grief in a way that honors it and me. If you are grieving, this book might be one to consider reading.

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A definite re-read !

It was so great to hear and read the book. I truly enjoyed and stayed attuned.

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  • 11-20-18

Wonderful

A classic book. One to refer to again and again. I quite liked the narrator.