Hospice of the Valley's Bereavement Office is pleased to offer Finding Your Way Through Grief: A Guide for the First Year, now in its third printing. Written by Marty Tousley, a psychiatric nurse and certified hospice bereavement counselor, the book is a sensitive, informative guide to help survivors understand and cope with the feelings and experiences they're likely to encounter in the first year following the death of their loved one.

Specifically, it is designed to help readers:

  • Understand the grief process as a normal yet highly personal response to loss
  • Know what feelings and experiences may be expected in the first year of grief
  • Recognize the physical, emotional, social and spiritual effects of grief
  • Understand the differences in mourning patterns among various family members
  • Find and explore the many and varied ways of managing grief
  • Get through difficult days such as anniversaries, birthdays and holidays
  • Move from merely surviving grief toward transcending it
As reviewed by the Rev. Paul A. Metzler in The Forum, Quarterly Newsletter of the Association for Death Education and Counseling, April/May/June 2005:

This book, which was written as a practical guide through the first year of grief for bereaved family members of Hospice of the Valley in Phoenix, AZ, will have wide applicability in other grieving contexts as well.  Its three sections (Understanding the Grief Process, Managing Your Grief, and From Surviving to Transcending Your Grief) are well written, compassionate and convey realistic hopefulness for the predictable and unpredictable passages of the grief journey.

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Your Way Through Grief: A Guide for the First Year