Marisa Renee Lee reveals that healing does not mean moving on after losing a loved one—healing means learning to acknowledge and create space for your grief. It is about learning to love the one you lost with the same depth, passion, joy, and commitment you did when they were alive, perhaps even more. She guides you through the pain of grief—whether you've lost the person recently or long ago--and shows you what it looks like to honor your loss on your unique terms, and debunks the idea of a grief stages or timelines. Grief is Love is about making space for the transformation that a significant loss requires.
Beautiful and thought-provoking ... She writes with candor about her grief ... As much as Lee draws on her own experiences to shape Grief Is Love, the book is not so much a memoir as a kind of personal guide, both for those grieving and those seeking to support someone through loss ... Grief Is Love is, in a way, a call to action, but more so a call to compassion: let us not grieve alone or ask others to, Lee suggests. There is power and healing in community and in standing together to acknowledge the weight of loss and what it means to go on living when someone we love does not.
A blend of memoir, advice, and research...an anti-blueprint, laying out her argument that those grieving must do so without shame, on their own timelines and in their own ways ... Her willingness to share grief’s unexpected lessons is designed to help others get through and access concurrent joy ... Clearly written and accessible to many readers, this book adds a leader’s personal voice to the growing body of work inviting us to grieve better.
With calm, lucid prose, the author gently instructs readers on how to navigate their own experiences by highlighting a series of integral elements to surviving loss ... Lee empathetically addresses grief support, self-care, and post-traumatic intimacy and interweaves her personal story ... With great sensitivity, the author chronicles a time in her life when she was juggling a demanding Wall Street job, a cancer charity, and a social life, all while taking care of her dying mother ... A humanizing exploration of coping with the life-changing tides of loss.