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A review of Good Grief by Lolly Winston

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On a recent trip I had time to read 2…yes 2 books

the first  “Good Grief”

the second

The Book Thief”(which I’ll write about in a future post){awesome…horrific….inspiring….more detail later}

Good Grief, by Lolly Winston

This book is a New York Times best seller for a reason.

If you’ve ever had a psych 101 course you’ve probably heard about Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross  and the 5 stages of dieing or what was observed of terminally ill patients.

In my psych 101 we used the word


each letter standing for a stage

and the stages can come and go

and don’t necessarily follow in order but they are






essentially when you get to acceptance you die.

I believe when looking at chronic(not terminal) illness that when you get to acceptance you go on with your life…you go on living for real again.

Lolly Winston weaves DABDA into a novel, through the eyes of a wife dealing with the death of her husband.

I know sounds morose right?

There are sad moments

There are angry moments

There is an awful lot of denial

and a fair amount of depression

oh and bargaining…she covers that too.

all from the eyes of the widow

who in case I didn’t mention it is not even 40 yet!

and finally

she wraps up the book

with acceptance

acceptance that her husband has died

acceptance that her life has gone on( and that’s ok)

any one going through any major life change

can read this book

and come away feeling

they are not alone

on this earth

in this life

Lolly gives us laughs and heartache

smiles and tears

put into perfect words and thrown in thoughts of Sophie the widow.

(about her book from her site)

thankyou Lolly for this book

if you all aren’t already headed out the door to buy it…what are you waiting for???

About ellasurreau

I was first grade religious education catechist I have been teaching for 20 years I have a BA in Religious Studies I have continued taking classes in religious studies since graduating. I grew up Methodist, and became catholic after marrying.

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  1. Pingback: Death ….or… who narrates “The Book Thief” for 5000 points Alex… | Book Reviews

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