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“Life Is Goodbye Life Is Hello: Grieving Well through All Kinds of Loss” is an Excellent Companion in Your Grieving Process

“Everybody grieves, but no two people grieve in the same way.”

Sandy, Oregon – WEBWIRE

Indeed, grief is not the same for everyone. We even have differing ways of coping with it. Nevertheless, Dr. Alla Renee Bozarth’s “Life Is Goodbye Life Is Hello: Grieving Well Through All Kinds Of Loss”, offers comfort and assurance to all who grieve, regardless of what type of battle each of us faces, helping us to navigate our unique grieving process wisely, strengthened by our common humanity.

In the book, Dr. Bozarth erases the common misconceptions about grieving, and talks about the toxic attitude of modern society towards grief. She talks about the stigma around it, wherein people in grief are told by other people to “cheer up” and “keep busy,” thinking these would help them recover sooner. In reality, it is important to stay true to oneself and to honor the loss without setting unreasonable expectations on ourselves. Dr. Bozarth poses a reminder that grief is a normal healing activity that should not be repressed.

With that, readers are offered useful and healthy ways to grieve. They are encouraged to discover how to express themselves or communicate in new ways, and how to trust the healing power of meaningful silence when it enters us. This book tackles relevant topics such as society’s rejection or denial of the need to grieve. It helps the reader to realize how loss takes a part of us along with what we have lost— a relationship with someone or something that seems to have carried away a part of ourselves. How grief feels, what it does, and what we can do about it are essential aspects of the process. Page by page, Dr. Bozarth guides us away from the pressures imposed on our lives, to follow a certain formula, to “finish” the process when others become uncomfortable with it, adding to the already painful sense of isolation and sometimes confusion that grief imposes. Thoughts and feelings shift and change throughout the grieving process. We are reminded that what is important is to grieve in our own way, which will be determined by our circumstances, our personalities, the nature of our relationships, and all of the variables in our lives. After all, healing is not and will never be a contest.

Enlightening and impactful, “Life Is Goodbye Life Is Hello: Grieving Well Through All Kinds Of Loss” is a book that is more than willing to help a wounded soul heal itself.

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“Life Is Goodbye Life Is Hello: Grieving Well Through All Kinds Of Loss”
Author: Alla Renee Bozarth Ph.D
Publisher: Hazelden Publishing (April 19, 1994)
Language: English
Paperback: 256 pages

About the Author
Dr. Alla Reneé Bozarth, poet and prose writer, therapist and Episcopal priest, was among the first eleven women ordained as Episcopal priests in 1974 in Philadelphia. Dr. Bozarth is author of numerous books, including Life is Goodbye/Life is Hello: Grieving Well through All Kinds of Loss, A Journey through Grief {Hazelden); The Book of Bliss, Accidental Wisdom, This is My Body~ Praying for Earth, Prayers from the Heart, Moving to the Edge of the World, This Mortal Marriage~ Poems of Love, Lament and Praise {iUniverse); Soulfire~Love Poems in Black and Gold (distributed by the author at; Womanpriest: A Personal Odyssey (Paulist Press 1978, revised edition Luramedia 1988, distributed by; Stars in Your Bones: Emerging Signposts on Our Spiritual Journeys: poems by Alla Bozarth, color paintings by Julia Barkley and commentary by Terri Hawthorne [currently out of print]; and her scholarly book, The Word’s Body (University of Alabama Press 1979, University Press of America, Rowman and Littlefield 1997). She has a doctor of philosophy degree in performing arts from Northwestern University and a certificate in Gestalt psychotherapy from the Gestalt Training Center of San Diego. She has over forty years of professional experience as a soul caregiver-- soul-mending as a psychotherapist and soul-tending as a spiritual director. She has served as a pastoral counselor, consultant and mentor for individuals and groups.

Now retired from public ministry and travel for reasons of health, Dr. Bozarth’s home and sanctuary incorporate Wisdom House in Sandy, Oregon, where she devotes herself to writing as a way of harvesting the fruit of a life richly fertile from experience and formal learning, plumbing the depths of the human condition, exploring the breadth of Creation from Earth’s smallest creatures to the vast regions of the stars. Her poems have been put to music, painted, danced and performed by other artists, and are loved and used throughout the world.

Please visit her Web blogs to see hundreds of soul-healing poems, prayers and beautiful images from Nature. Her main blog~ Welcoming Light in the Wilderness (see her related book, At the Foot of the Mountain~ Nature and the Art of Soul Healing):

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