Item description for Sheltering Thoughts: About Loss and Grief by Sharon Gilchrest O'Neill...
Overview Sharon Gilchrest O'Neill understands the storms of death. Through the turbulence and the calm, death proceeds, and we must prevail. Let this author guide you to shelter and safety. Rest for a while.
Publishers Description What do you say to one who has lost a loved one or is facing that moment when death separates them from someone dear? Author, Sharon Gilchrest O?Neill offers words of understanding and comfort in this lovely book from her heart to yours. Sharon's work as a family therapist and her hospice experiences has taught her much about people in crisis. Add to that her ability to share these words of encouragement, hope, and love often in the midst of heartbreaking circumstances and you have the heart lifting purpose for writing Sheltering Thoughts. From exquisite poetry to inspirational writing, this gift book will be a source of courage and hope that eases pain and shines a light into someone's darkest hour. When you or someone you know needs a place of safety, protection and loving grace while weathering the storm of grief and loss, turn to the pages of Sheltering Thoughts.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.14" Width: 5.16" Height: 0.34" Weight: 0.31 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2005
ISBN 1933290439 ISBN13 9781933290430
Reviews - What do customers think about Sheltering Thoughts: About Loss and Grief?
A wonderful way to comfort others (and ourselves) Jun 17, 2006
This book is a wonderful tool for those of us who are "challenged" when it comes to providing emotional support to others at a time of loss and desire to do more than give/send garden variety bereavement cards. Because the book is spiritually uplifting rather than oriented towards religious beliefs and teachings, it is appropriate for giving to everyone from business associates to close friends and loved ones. A nice touch is a page near the beginning of the book where the sender can dedicate the book to an individual's memory.
Worth reading! Apr 8, 2006
Sharon Gilchrest O'Neill has assembled a collection of thoughts, quotations, and short exercises about grieving, inspired by work with the Connecticut Hospice, Inc. Each page contains a single thought or quotation, or a chance to express the reader's own thoughts or feelings about a particular topic. The book is divided into sections like Memories, Treasured Possessions, Happiness...Sadness, but it's sometimes unclear how the pages in each section relate to the section topic.
What struck me most about the book was that it would offer someone mired in the chaos of grief short bursts of thought, not requiring sustained reading or focused attention. For someone looking for a narrative thread, or a unifying philosophy, this book is not the place to look. I couldn't help but contrast it with Joan Didion's Year of Magical Thinking, a treatise on Didion's own process of grief, of working through the stages of feeling, thought, and emotion.
O'Neill's book, in contrast to Didion's treatise-like work, gives us bursts of thought, short quotations, and the chance to jot down a few of our own thoughts. About the quotations: I am often disconcerted by quotations in a book like this, where people are quoted out of context, and the reader is given nothing to put the quotation in context. Sometimes the quote is from someone familiar, like Carl Jung or Sinclair Lewis. We may not all be familiar with Jung's or Lewis' work, but we have something of a framework in which to place them. We can find their writings, read their novels. But, who is John Gray, and how does he relate to the experience of grief?
The writings of the author seem to be designed to provoke movement in grief, to give the grieving person a different perspective, a way to begin to think about how life has changed, and will change more.
Armchair Interviews says: For someone who needs some inspiration, a sense that they are not alone in this experience, and a way to find brief, accessible musings on grief, this book could be very helpful.
Thank you for the comforting thoughts Mar 3, 2006
I wish I had a copy of "Sheltering Thoughts" to read after my dad died. His sudden passing was confusing and numbing to me and all of my family.
I now keep this collection of inspirational thoughts close at hand. Its passages continue to give me a great deal of comfort whenever I'm missing Dad.
This book is my first recommendation to anyone experiencing the deep feelings of grief and loss.
Highly recommended by Allbooks Reviews Feb 25, 2006
Genre: Grief/Inspiration Title: Sheltering Thoughts AUTHOR: Sharon Gilchrest O'Neill For life and death are one, Even as the river and the sea are one. Kahil Gibran
Losing a loved one is part of life but a most difficult and emotional time for all of us. Sharon Gilchrest O'Neill has experienced grief both personally and professionally. As a psychotherapist and consultant, she joined the caring group of professionals that founded the first freestanding hospice in the United States. This book is the result of years of professional experiences with those that have passed on and those that were left behind.
Sheltering Thoughts is the ideal little book for someone who has recently experienced the loss of a loved one. Although a sympathy card is appreciated, this book will help them deal with their grief in a positive way. Each page is filled with inspiration, encouragement and support. The rhythmic poetry and lyricism make this book an enjoyable read in a difficult time. Famous quotes add interest and retrospect to the message.
Filled with heartfelt emotion and a depth of understanding that only one who has worked with the grief stricken could have, Sheltering Thoughts is well written and well presented in 147 pages. The book is small enough to keep in a purse or pocket enabling it to become a comforting traveling companion. A portion of the proceeds will benefit hospice work.
Recommended by Reviewer: Shirley Roe, Allbooks Reviews.
Like most `Baby Boomers', I find myself at more funerals than weddings lately, so (following the suggestion of an earlier reviewer) I have started keeping a couple of copies of Sheltering Thoughts on hand and at the ready. I never know what to say at funerals (what can you say?), so I simply give this gift book filled with words of comfort, support and peace. The author's hospice and family therapist experiences and sensitivities are evident in her tasteful assembly of sayings, poems, and lyrics and in her own personal comments as well. When I read it myself, I found it to be a very moving read that stimulated a surprisingly peaceful contemplation of my own mortality.
One of the things I like most about this book is the feedback I get from the recipients. Different people are comforted by, and hence remember, different passages but the book seems to be appropriate for anyone regardless of their religious beliefs (or non-beliefs), and in that delicate regard this book is a safe and universal gift.
The appreciation from recipients (three so far) has been heart-felt and they said that they too will give it as a gift when the situation arises. It appears that Sheltering Thoughts fills a void not addressed by the traditional bereavement approaches. It is more distinctive, intimate and lasting than a card or flowers, and it is easy to mail when I cannot attend personally. It was written just in time for my generation.