Death Expands Us: An Honest Account of Grief and How to Rise Above it
The loss of a loved one leaves an empty space in our lives that can't be filled. Stephanie Harris is a professional grief coach who has experienced profound loss in her own lifetime. She understands firsthand how the death of someone close can leave the living feeling victimized, isolated, trapped, and traumatized. She also knows that tragedy can be a powerful catalyst for positive change. Life will always go on after a death, but the loss of someone we dearly love changes us, profoundly and permanently. Only by taking responsibility for our own lives and embracing this transformation can we hope to find peace and freedom. When we grieve, our pain holds us captive. This essential work can open our eyes to possibilities that will set us free. Death Expands Us offers much more than coping methods and comforting spiritual balms. With insight, honesty, and grace, Harris maps a clear pathway that we can follow through a harsh, unfamiliar landscape of personal grief. She shares common experiences and offers helpful strategies and compassionate guidance that will enable us to emerge even stronger on the other side. Stephanie Harris is a growth coach and bodywork therapist who specializes in grief management and recovery. Her career has taken her around the world, from the Maldives to Iceland. Born in South Africa and based in New Zealand, she holds a diploma in somatology from Cape Peninsula University of Technology. Learn more about her writing and research at www.StephanieHarrisCoaching.com.
Stephanie Harris is a New Zealand-based writer and coach, specializing in grief. Raised in South Africa, she graduated with honors from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Cape Town with a diploma in somatology--a field of study that encompasses anatomy, physiology, biology, chemistry, and nutrition science. Stephanie is a professional bodywork therapist who incorporates her knowledge of the physiological impact of grief into work with clients and ongoing research. Stephanie's career has taken her around the globe, from the Maldives to Iceland, and Cambodia to the British Isles. She has swum with dolphins in the Caribbean and held baby crocodiles in the Amazon. Now, she lives in Auckland, New Zealand with her golden Labrador retriever, Knox. In addition to coaching individuals and groups, Stephanie is a frequent public speaker and contributor to numerous online outlets. Learn more about her writing and research at www.StephanieHarrisCoaching.com.
Foreword Preface Introduction: My Crucible Event 1. In the Wake of the Storm 2. Feeling Sad Isn't Bad 3. But It's More Than Just Feelings 4. The Quest for Answers 5. Longing and Pining 6. How It Can So Easily Become All about Us 7. The Desperate Drive to Protect Your Loved One's Memory 8. Navigating Grieving Family and Friends 9. The Benefit of Cultivating Community 10. Clearing Out the Closet 11. Allow Yourself to Transform 12. Finding Peace and Freedom Conclusion Acknowledgments About the Author