Druck shares the heartbreaking story of the loss of his daughter, Jenna, in the touching opening chapters, demonstrating firsthand understanding of what it takes to find a way to go on—and that we’re all “works in progress.” “When asked how I’m doing,” he writes, “I explain that I’m deeply grateful for the blessings in my life but that ‘I walk with a limp in my heart.’” Other powerful passages cover his work as a grief coach and consultant on the front lines of American tragedies, including attacks of September 11, Sandy Hook, and Columbine. Structured to reflect a chronological progression of a life, with advice and examples keyed to different ages and milestones, How We Go On explores how facing adversity changes as we age, from the “arrogance” and “blind optimism” of youth to developing the “learned skills” and “mature mindset” when “adjusting to the relationship challenges of adult life.”
With clear prose and helpful pointers, Druck explicates many of those skills, covering how to strengthen “your self-care muscles," determine when to leave a relationship, support someone experiencing grief, and much more.
Takeaway: Wise, resonant guide to moving on from life's tragic events.
Comparable Titles: Marisa Renee Lee’s Grief is Love, Bruce D. Perry’s What Happened to You?
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