The loss of a partner through divorce, desertion, or even a mutually acknowledged "change of heart" is a common, frequently devastating experience. Healing a Broken Heart is designed to help readers understand and cope with the death of a once-passionate relationship. Focusing on the universal aspects of loss, the authors present provocative questions and other tools that spur readers to explore their feelings openly and honestly, recording them right in the book itself. A selection of contemplative poems and meditations offer additional comfort, guidance, and insight.
The four seasons serve as powerful metaphors for the various stages of the grieving process. Summer represents a time to chart the course of a relationship, to examine early expectations and hopes, pitfalls and warnings that were overlooked, and the events that ultimately led to the failure of a romance that once seemed so promising. Autumn is the time of accepting the reality of the loss and of facing up to the negative aspects of the relationship. The section on surviving winter, when grief and pain peaks, shows readers how to pull themselves out of despondence and look forward to spring. Spring is also the season to renew self-care, to think about the future, to examine and understand family history and how that has affected the choice of intimate partners. Spring is the season to embrace the possibility of a new, more fulfilling, and more enduring romantic relationship.