In this brief book Allan Hugh Cole explains the process of grief and what loss can do to us, identifies ways of coping, and reminds us of the hope that we can find in mourning. Ultimately, Cole offers a plan of “good mourning”— a way to work through the loss and rebuild life with new strength. Cole describes what it takes to be engaged in good mourning instead of endless suffering and demonstrates how faith and prayer can be practical tools in rebuilding life after loss.
“Dr. Cole helps us understand what experiences of loss involve, how they affect us, and what we need in their wake. He also shows concretely how we may draw on the best practices of bereavement counseling, and of religious faith and spirituality, to encourage ‘good mourning.’”
—Harold G. Koenig, MD, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences,
Associate Professor of Medicine, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina