A Grief Observed comprises the reflections of the great scholar and Christian on the death of his wife after only a few short years of marriage. Painfully honest in its dissection of his thoughts and feelings, this is a book that details his paralysing grief, bewilderment and sense of loss in simple and moving prose. Invaluable as an insight into the grieving process just as much as it is as an exploration of religious doubt, A Grief Observed will continue to offer its consoling insights to a huge range of readers, as it has for over fifty years. 'A classic of the genre, a literary answer to the pain of loss.' Robert McCrum
Author: C. S. Lewis
Release Date: 2001-02-06
Written after his wife's tragic death as a way of surviving the "mad midnight moment," A Grief Observed is C.S. Lewis's honest reflection on the fundamental issues of life, death, and faith in the midst of loss. This work contains his concise, genuine reflections on that period: "Nothing will shake a man -- or at any rate a man like me -- out of his merely verbal thinking and his merely notional beliefs. He has to be knocked silly before he comes to his senses. Only torture will bring out the truth. Only under torture does he discover it himself." This is a beautiful and unflinchingly homest record of how even a stalwart believer can lose all sense of meaning in the universe, and how he can gradually regain his bearings.
In April 1956, C.S. Lewis, author of The Chronicles of Narnia, married Joy Davidman, an American poet with two small children. After four intensely happy years, Davidman died of cancer and Lewis found himself alone again, and inconsolable. In response, he wrote this journal, freely confessing his pain, rage, and struggle to sustain his faith. In it he finds the way back to life. Now a modern classic, A Grief Observed has offered solace and insight to countless readers worldwide. This new edition includes the original text of A Grief Observed alongside specially commissioned responses to the book and its themes from respected contemporary writers and thinkers: Hilary Mantel, Jessica Martin, Jenna Bailey, Rowan Williams, Kate Saunders, Francis Spufford and Maureen Freely.
Lewis' feelings and musings about his wife's death were first published in 1961. Since then it has helped thousands and thousands of people who have read it or have spoken of its contents. This study is to encourage you to read the book in its entirety. It is to help you grapple with issues of grief that Lewis and all mankind struggles with in grief. It is to help you grapple with issues of grief that everyone faces in loss. Each page is designed to be a discussion session for a group or 5-12 students. Discuss the passage of A Grief Observed prior to delving into the questions. Allow each student to respond to the first question before going on to the next. Allow for more time if some student has difficulty understanding or answering the question. It is my hope that these will assist you in helping young people make sense of death(s) in their lives. This book was written to help teens in grief support groups. It is my hope it can be a help to you and others.
Author: C. Lewis
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Release Date: 2016-06-25
No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear. I am not afraid, but the sensation is like being afraid. The same fluttering in the stomach, the same restlessness, the yawning. I keep on swallowing. At other times it feels like being mildly drunk, or concussed. There is a sort of invisible blanket between the world and me. I find it hard to take in what anyone says. Or perhaps, hard to want to take it in. It is so uninteresting. Yet I want the others to be about me. I dread the moments when the house is empty. If only they would talk to one another and not to me.
Author: Guy Newland
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 2016-08-09
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Amid the world-shattering pain of loss, what helps? “After the death of his beloved partner from cancer, Newland finds himself asking how effective his long years of Buddhist practice have been in helping him come to terms with overwhelming grief. This finely written book offers a lucid meditation on what it means to practice the Dharma when everything falls apart.” —Stephen Batchelor, author of Buddhism without Beliefs and After Buddhism In the tradition of C. S. Lewis’s A Grief Observed, Guy Newland offers this brave record of falling to pieces and then learning to make sense of his pain and grief within his spiritual tradition. Drawing inspiration from all corners of the Buddhist world—from Zen stories and the Dalai Lama, to Pema Chödrön and ancient Pali texts—this book reverberates with honesty, kindness, and deep humanity. Newland shows us the power of responding fully and authentically to the death of a loved one. “A sad, beautiful, and necessary book—and a map waiting for many who will need it.” —James Ishmael Ford, author of If You’re Lucky Your Heart Will Break “Guy Newland faces squarely the pain of death and the pain of grief and offers a work of uncommon power, insight, and honesty—and extraordinary compassion.” —Jay L. Garfield, author of Engaging Buddhism
Inspired by C. S. Lewis's book A Grief Observed, and at intervals responding to Lewis's thoughts, in this intimate and personal series of journal entries written in the three months after the sudden death of his wife, philosopher and writer Keith Seddon observes his own grief and how it impacts on his life. The exploration of grief is the exploration of the human condition and how self-conscious, sentient beings can face the inevitability of suffering. The author's writings are supported by two essays written by his wife, Jocelyn Almond, that also seek responses and solutions to the problem of evil.
Die große amerikanische Schriftstellerin Joan Didion schreibt über die Trauer nach dem Tod ihres Ehemannes und über ihren Versuch, das Unfassbare begreiflich zu machen. Ein sehr offenes, sehr persönliches Buch, das zugleich von beeindruckender Allgemeingültigkeit ist. Joan Didion wurde dafür in den USA mit dem National Book Award ausgezeichnet. Entdecken Sie auch das Hörbuch zu diesem Titel!
A Mother's Grief Observed is a powerful true story and personal journal which chronicles a mother's grief after the tragic drowning of her young child. Through it, she expresses her intense pain and the comfort only God can give in these times. After her 18-month-old son William drowned in the family pool, Faber opened her heart and soul in a deeply personal journal that chronicles her passages through the various stages of grief. In psalm-like honesty, she pours out to God her struggles with guilt, doubt, fear, longing, trust, disappointment with people, and her own inability to handle the unrelenting pain of her loss. In the midst of the upheavel of grief, she does the only thing she knows to do -- hold on to what she knows to be true about God. Readers see the author move through confusion, shock, and pain toward acceptance and healing. Also written with children in mind since they had to explain the situation to two siblings (three and six years old at time of the tragedy).-- Riveting story, extremely thought-provoking-- Psalm-like in its honesty and moving, poetic style-- Validates bereaved emotions as normal-- Provides healing as reader walks with the author through the first year of bereavement-- Section on how children deal with grief.-- Extensive resources for bereaved and their friends-- Section on forgiveness following a tragedy (forgiving oneself and others who share the blame, forgiving God for allowing it happen).-- Suggested reading lists for children and adults.-- Many poems and classic quotes (Army Carmichael, C. S. Lewis, Elisabeth Elliot, Joseph Bayley, etc.)
Author: Donna S. Davenport
Publisher: University of North Texas Press
Release Date: 2002
Genre: Family & Relationships
A therapist and expert on grief is faced with the slow decline of her beloved mother. She imparts to the reader lessons learned, both personal and professional, in anticipating grief and the loss of a loved one. 'This is a unique book by a professional who understands the field of loss and grief ... Poignantly heartbreaking.' - Melba Vasquez, President, American Psychology Association's Division on Counseling Psychology.