Healing After Loss

Healing After Loss

Healing after Loss: Daily Meditations for Working through Grief

Hickman, Martha Whitmore




About the Author

MARTHA WHITMORE HICKMAN is the author of more than twenty books for adults and children. Among her adult titles are The Growing Season, Fullness of Time, and I Will Not Leave You Desolate. Books for young children include And God Created Squash, When Andy’s Father Went to Prison, and Eeps Creeps, It’s My Room.

A native of Massachusetts and a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Mount Holyoke, she has lived in the south for many years. To her writing she brings the additional perspective of being a wife, mother, grandmother, and sometime editor and teacher. She presently lives with her husband in Nashville, Tennessee.



I was dealing with the devastation and loss of my husband after a fight with the evil cancer. I did not want to live. My whole life changed and I would have done anything to have him back. But, I kept living and I couldn’t get him back no matter what. This book has had a profound affect in helping me deal with and get through this painful phase called grieving. The writings of 365 different people and days describes so effectively the feelings and reality of what grief is. I still read it daily. So many of the comparisons hit home. I have bought it for two friends who have recently lost loved ones. I highly recommend it to any grieving person who needs to understand the emotional and painful process they are going through. You aren’t alone.

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If you are reading this review it is most likely that you or someone you love has suffered a tragic loss. You must be hoping to find something to help you find a way to help you deal with what has happened and to find your way toward a life without your loved-one.

I can’t say enough about this wonderful little book. Our daughter and her husband lost their infant daughter 3 years ago. The death of this beautiful little baby crushed us all. One day, I wandered through the bookstore, blindly searching for a book on grief. I could find none that I thought I was capable of getting through. I turned to walk away when my glance fell upon Ms. Whitmore Hickman’s book. Maybe I could manage one page a day.

I began reading that day, and each following day. I was amazed at what I discovered on all of those pages. Each was such a comfort and so close to what I was feeling. It was just what I needed, and just what I was capable of handling. I began to look forward to the next page, and ultimately the next day. I suppose that I would have moved forward at some point, but this little book helped to make the transition a bit easier, a bit more graceful. I found the book so comforting that I gave a copy to my daughter. She, in turn, gave a copy to a friend. Since that time, I have given copies to friends who have suffered a great loss.

I want to say that I am sorry that you have lost someone you love, and I hope that your can find the comfort in these pages that I found.

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Hard to believe a year has passed since I lost my soulmate.

This book, with one meditation for each day, helped me so much. Given to me by a dear friend, I didn’t expect to relate to it as much as I did. The author wrote this book after her daughter died. It’s not super religious. Rather, it deals with what the person grieving is feeling. Sometimes I feel so out of sync. Inevitably the meditation for that day would describe just what I felt. I’m thinking of starting it again.

I highly recommend this book for anyone going through the grieving process, hospitals, and anyone helping those grieving. Thank you, Ann!

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Christian Book

I bought this book seeking some validation for my emotions and, perhaps, some guidance after losing my husband, my younger sister, and my mother all within a year. I am a Christian and, while I trust God’s plan for my life, I still needed to deal with all of my human emotions. What’s normal? What do I do with all the grief? How have other people done it? I didn’t need Christian platitudes, I needed real life advice. This book provides it. So many times I read this author’s words that seemed to come right out of my head/heart. I felt myself saying, “Yes, that’s exactly how I feel.” Not only am I still reading it myself, I have also bought copies for friends who are working through loss. I highly recommend it.

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