Resilient Grieving, Second Edition: How to Find Your Way Through a Devastating Loss (Paperback)

Resilient Grieving, Second Edition: How to Find Your Way Through a Devastating Loss By Lucy Hone, PhD, Karen Reivich, PhD (Foreword by) Cover Image

Resilient Grieving, Second Edition: How to Find Your Way Through a Devastating Loss (Paperback)

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Resilient Grieving offers an empowering alternative to the five stages of grief—and makes clear our capacity for growth following the trauma of a devastating loss


The death of someone we hold dear may be inevitable; being paralyzed by our grief is not. Recent research has revealed our capacity for resilient grieving, our innate ability to respond to traumatic loss by finding ways to grow—by becoming more engaged with our lives, and discovering new, profound meaning.


In this completely updated and expanded second edition, author and resilience/well-being expert Lucy Hone, a pioneer in positive psychology and bereavement research, continues to push her field forward. In 2014, Lucy was faced with her own inescapable sorrow after her 12-year-old daughter was killed in a car accident. By following the strategies of resilient grieving, she found a proactive way to move through her grief, and, over time, embrace life again. Since then, Lucy has become a leading voice in resilience and bereavement science, overturning widely held myths and misconceptions, making plain the harms of rigid models such as Kübler-Ross’s five stages, and advocating for a more adaptive grieving process that emphasizes emotions, relationships, attention, forgiveness, and self-compassion.


As heard on NPR’s Hidden Brain and CBS News


2017 Foreword INDIES Bronze Winner



Lucy Hone, PhD, is regarded as a leading international authority on resilience. She received her master’s degree in applied positive psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, the world-renowned home of the field. Today, she’s the director of the New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing & Resilience.

Karen Reivich, PhD, a leading expert in the fields of resilience, depression prevention, and Positive Psychology, is the Director of Training Programs for the Penn Positive Psychology Center.
Product Details ISBN: 9781891011160
ISBN-10: 1891011162
Publisher: The Experiment
Publication Date: June 25th, 2024
Pages: 272
Language: English
Hone shows us how to harness the (thankfully common) power of our own resilience to work our way through a horrible loss.
— The New York Times Book Review

For anyone who has lost a loved one—Dr. Hone’s Resilient Grieving is an essential tool and beautifully written.

— Dr. Tara Narula, CBS News

A recommended new book for those who are grieving . . . [Hone’s] metaphor for life after loss is both powerful and apt: Think of it as a scattered jigsaw puzzle, where the pieces of one’s former life have been scattered and now must be reconfigured in a new way.
— The Wall Street Journal

The text provides an honest account of the personal struggles of families who experience sudden loss. There are no apologies made for stepping away from what some would consider social expectations during times of grief. It is that naked vulnerability that brings authority to the work.
— Choice

There is a wealth of empathetic information in this book that will undoubtedly be uplifting to all who are grieving or know of others in the process.
— Library Journal

Resilience researcher Lucy Hone began to question how we think about grief after a devastating loss in her own life. She shares the techniques she learned to help her cope with tragedy.
— NPR’s Hidden Brain

A touching account of loss and a practical, research-based guide for finding hope and strength.
— Adam Grant, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Think Again and Option B