What do Dexter King, Condoleeza Rice, Mackenzie King, Corazon
Aquino, Eleanor Roosevelt, Bill Cosby, Tony Dungy, Theodore
Roosevelt, George H. W. and Barbara Bush, Caroline Kennedy, Arthur
Ashe, Lady Bird Johnson, Colin Powell and C. S. Lewis have in
common? They all have significant grief experiences that have
shaped their lives in dramatic ways, stories that have also shaped
Grieving individuals, through "borrowing narratives," look for
inspiration in biographic, historical and memoir accounts of
political and religious leaders, celebrities, sports figures, and
cultural icons. In a time of diminishing trust in heroes and
"sainted leaders," who will speak to us from their grief? In a
diverse society grief counselors and educators need to identify and
"mine" the experienced grief(s) of historical personalities for
resources for reflection and meaning-making. This book will help
- find, "read," evaluate, extract, and adapt
- create bio-narrative resources for use in grief counseling and
- explore the wide diversity of experienced grief in biographical
- identify ways to "harness" grief narratives for personal
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