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Four Seasons of Grieving: A Nurse’s Healing Journey with Nature

A nurse's experience of grieving forms the basis of this book, which likens the process to the four seasons: winter is surrender, spring is forgiveness, summer is gratitude and autumn is compassion

A nurse's experience of grieving forms the basis of this book, which likens the process to the four seasons: winter is surrender, spring is forgiveness, summer is gratitude and autumn is compassion.

The book is small in size and therefore a good reference guide and easy to pick up for useful thoughts and questions.

The book is colourful in its design and the content is well laid out and easy to read. I particularly liked how each season allowed for reflective pauses, seeing the grief process from a nurses eyes and how to help a grieving patient or family, and also from a personal perspective allowing for reflective thinking.

The reflective questions at the end of each chapter/season are refreshing and help to frame the grief process and how to support yourself and others. I like the fact the book has an index to make information easy

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A nurse's experience of grieving forms the basis of this book, which likens the process to the four seasons: winter is surrender, spring is forgiveness, summer is gratitude and autumn is compassion.

The book is small in size and therefore a good reference guide and easy to pick up for useful thoughts and questions.

The book is colourful in its design and the content is well laid out and easy to read. I particularly liked how each season allowed for reflective pauses, seeing the grief process from a nurse’s eyes and how to help a grieving patient or family, and also from a personal perspective allowing for reflective thinking.

The reflective questions at the end of each chapter/season are refreshing and help to frame the grief process and how to support yourself and others. I like the fact the book has an index to make information easy to find and also includes an appendix with key texts and references for further reading.

All nurses, whether in their work or personal life, will experience grief at some point, therefore this book is relevant to anyone who has experienced a loss and is grieving. It would also be of benefit to other health or allied healthcare professionals.

While not an essential text for nurses it would be useful to have a copy in work and university libraries to add to the literature on the grieving process. I also found it thought provoking and, while it did not contain new thinking, the way that it enabled the reader to look at the grief process from a personal and professional perspective was helpful and enlightening.

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