The Phoenix Phenomenon

The Phoenix Phenomenon : Rising from the Ashes of Grief

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This is a book of hope and promise about bereavement therapy. The Phoenix Grievers, ordinary people whose attributes enable them to transform and transcend their own grief, are used as models of the self-actualization that can result in the aftermath of an unbearable loss. Based on the experiences of these exceptional grievers, bereavement therapist Joanne Jozefowski offers guidelines on how to avoid hazards, adapt with healthy coping mechanisms, and eliminate unnecessary suffering. She provides a developmental model of the process of grief; identifies the phases of impact, chaos, adaptation, equilibrium and transformation; and offers phase-specific recommendations for the bereaved and their therapists. A well-written and valuable resource for both grievers and the mental health professionals who help them, this book provides hope for transformational grief and the tools to forge that more

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  • Hardback | 262 pages
  • 154.94 x 228.6 x 30.48mm | 725.74g
  • Jason Aronson Inc. Publishers
  • Northvale NJ, United States
  • English
  • Revised Edition
  • 0765702096
  • 9780765702098

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This book offers us a highly compelling and credible account of the human capacity to grow from the adversity of grief. It maps a sophisticated journey that can lead us from our most searing losses into unusual strength of character and conviction previously unknown to us. Both poignant and practical, this clearly written book provides solid, compassionate company for grievers and helpers alike. -- Gina O'Connell Higgins, Ed.D, author, Resilient Adults: Overcoming a Cruel Past This book is like feeling the steady hand of a warm, compassionate friend who will walk with you through every step-all the way from surviving the agony of your loss, helping you cope, recovering, and eventually finding new meaning and purpose in your life. -- Al Siebert Ph.D., author of The Survivor Personality In recent years, there has been a change from understanding the ways that individuals cope with grief to seeing the ways that grief changes people. In this wonderful book, Jozefowski offers sage advice and inspiration to both counselors and grieving persons that will help them grow even in the midst of loss. -- Kenneth Doka, Ph.D., author, Spirituality and Grief This is an inspirational book for psychotherapists, physicians, clergy, and all of us who must learn to keep living when someone we love has died. Dr. Jozefowski teaches us that grief is not about letting go but making contact: with our loved one, emotions, self, community, values, and hopes. She and her patients show us that these connections can be transforming and, like the Phoenix, can permit one of our saddest moments to become an occasion for rebirth. -- Nicholas A. Covino, Psy.D., Harvard Medical Schoolshow more

About Joanne Jozefowski

Joanne T. Jozefowski, Ph.D., R.N., C.S., is a psychotherapist who specializes in bereavement therapy. She is the founder of Counseling Affiliates, a group practice focusing on issues of loss and grief, and is an adjunct doctoral faculty member of The Union Institute, Cincinnati, Ohioshow more

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