Grief Comfort Guide – Entered in 2018 ATAI Book Award Contest
Marie Lenay Rogus
Grief Comfort Guide: A Personal Journey from Loss to Light by Marie Lenay Rogus is part self-help book, part memoir. Rogus gives the reader advice on how to deal with grief, including breathing and meditation exercises. Also included are personal stories related to the family members she has lost over the years.
If there is a weakness to Grief Comfort Guide: A Personal Journey from Loss to Light it is that the book seems unsure what it wants to be. The first half of the book provides an explanation of grief and its many manifestations. Rogus explains how and why grief can hit us at seemingly random times. She provides the reader with exercises to help calm themselves when the grief flares up. The second half of the book is far more personal in nature. Rogus presents accounts of life with the family members she has lost throughout the years. At times the book veers sharply away from the grieving process. The connection between the two halves of the book is tenuous at best. This connection could be reinforced through a more thoughtful explanation of the reason for including these personal stories. More of an effort could also be made to highlight the differing ways grief manifested in each situation.
Grief Comfort Guide: A Personal Journey from Loss to Light is well-written. The stories are told in great, vivid detail. It is easy for the reader to conjure images of the people and places in Rogus’ life. Her passion for helping people heal after a loss is clear and her approach differs from the traditional self-help books. Grief Comfort Guide: A Personal Journey from Loss to Light by Marie Lenay Rogus is a good resource for anyone experiencing grief and looking for a self-help book that approaches the topic in a different way.
Originally critiqued by a member of the Authors Talk About It team.