Walking in Grace with Grief: Meditations for Healing After Loss
by Della Temple

Button Rock Press, 2015. ISBN 978-1-512-00660-5.
Reviewed by Lee Ambrose
Posted on 10/08/2015

Nonfiction: Memoir; Nonfiction: Life Lessons; Nonfiction: Faith/Spirituality/Inspiration

In March of 2011, Della Temple's 29-year-old son Richard Cooper George died in a solo vehicle accident. Of this life-changing event, she writes:

My son was dead and the dreams I held for him—of marriage, children, and a career, were useless. I still held those dreams, those wishes, in my body. Much of the work I did over the next few years was clearing those stories, those wishes and hopes, from my body. I've come to think that grief is twofold. It's the painful longing for the physical presence of our loved one, and it's the emotional heartache we feel as we disengage from these unfulfilled dreams, the sorrows of what could have been. The stories of a life unlived.

In tender, heartfelt chapters, Temple shares how she navigated the days and weeks and months after her son's death. Acting as a compass for those who are lost in the storm of grief, Temple not only offers personal stories but also a variety of "healing meditations" for readers to adopt during their own grief work. In step-by-step increments, readers can work through the meditations with Temple as their own personal guide. She refers to this as "offering her hand to the reader." The very personal nature of this book is hard to deny. It is vitally alive on every page.

Temple offers "Tools to Release the Pain", "All the Firsts" and "Holiday Season Shoulds" to name a few very useful chapters complete with meditations.

This slim volume contains a wealth of intellectual, spiritual, and metaphysical information. Readers will likely connect with the author on several levels by the time they complete their own journey. Temple's deeply personal sharing makes that connection more real, more in-the-moment. and all the more compassionate as she reaches out to others who find themselves grappling with deep personal loss. Whether you have experienced loss or you know someone who has, or you are professionally engaged with those who suffer loss, this is a valuable resource.

Della Temple writes about melding the worlds of the physical and the metaphysical. She combines her love of anything analytical with her wide-ranging interest in quantum physics and the world of energetic healing. She is a certified Reiki Master and has studied clairvoyance and psychic healing at Boulder Psychic Institute. She believes that being psychic is a very natural state of being.

Her other works include Tame Your Inner Critic, Find Peace & Contentment to Live Your Life On Purpose and the Tame Your Inner Critic Workbook. Visit her website.

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