Many people who suffer the death of a loved one cling to the experience of grief long after the actual pain of loss goes away. This is because grief itself is a complex issue, fraught with misinformation and unrealistic expectations, often leading to interpersonal isolation at the times people need connection the most. Ironically, it is often by embracing the experience of grief that people become most fully mindful of life. Grieving readers will find, in this book, a new understanding of their own grief process. They will learn about the spiral staircase, a metaphor used to describe the ebb and flow of emotional pain that typically follow loss. The book offers readers ways to cope with the events and situations that trigger personal grief by using mindfulness exercises and radical acceptance, a concept that encourages the experience of grief rather than its denial. Ultimately, the book presents strategies for making life more meaningful by acknowledging death and working to embrace life.
Sameet M. Kumar, Ph.D., is a psychologist and Buddhist whose areas of expertise include palliative care, spirituality in psychotherapy, mindfulness meditation, stress management and relaxation, and grief and bereavement. He received his doctorate at the University of Miami and has trained with several leading Tibetan Buddhist teachers. He has traveled extensively in India, China, and Tibet and works at the Mt. Sinai Comprehensive Cancer Center in Miami Beach and Aventura, FL, and at the Wellness Community in Miami, FL.Foreword writer Jeffrey Brantley, MD, is a consulting associate in the Duke University Department of Psychiatry in Durham, NC. He is founder and director of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program at Duke University's Center for Integrative Medicine, as a spokesperson for which he has given many radio, television, and print media interviews. He is the author of "Calming Your Anxious Mind."