Becoming Myself: Living Life to the Fullest after Losing Your Parents

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9780071387668: Becoming Myself: Living Life to the Fullest after Losing Your Parents

A guide to living life to the fullest after you have lost your parents. It seeks to help people to move beyond grief into the next stage of adult life, demonstrating how to turn a loss that one must accept into a possibility for growth and positive change. The author, Dr Shari Butler, explores the liberating effect the loss of our parents provides and teaches the reader how to understand this experience while releasing them from guilt. She provides exercises to help the reader cope with feeling sad, alone, scared, disconnected, guilty and/or remorseful, and presents a therapeutic plan to help discover and utilize a new kind of freedom.

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Who am I now if I am not someone's child?

In this supportive, and healing book, psychotherapist Shari Butler guides you through one of life's most profound, unique, and inevitable losses the loss of your parents. Dr. Butler shows you how this experience can be far more than a catalyst for feelings of mourning, grief, and even helplessness. This time of crisis can also open you to enormous positive change and growth as you struggle to answer the many issues that will arise, including:

-How do I keep my parents close to me as my new life begins?
-Who can I turn for nurturing and other forms of support and are there ways for me to nurture myself?
-How do I integrate traditions and personality characteristics of my parents into my life now that they're gone?
-What and who will form my identity in the years to come?

Through helpful questionnaires, thought-provoking exercises, seasoned advice, and inspiring real-life stories from both her professional and personal experience, Dr. Butler helps you accept the loss of your parents, move through inevitable change, and embrace new beginnings. Becoming Myself will take you from a landscape of grief onto new horizons.

About the Author:

Shari Butler, Ph.D., is a psychotherapist with more than 20 years of clinical experience. For the past several years, she has been devoted to working with people who have lost their parents.

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