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Few people understand the grief that comes with losing a child of any age unless they have weathered that situation themselves.


Dr. Janice Bell Meisenhelder has suffered through the loss of a child and knows the almost unbearable sorrow a bereaved mother feels. She has created this gentle guide to help mothers deal with their emotions and begin to heal. 

In addition to guidance for mothers, Surviving the Unthinkable also contains information for those immediate family and friends who want to understand and support their loved ones during this difficult time. 

About the Book - at the 40th Annual Association For Death Education and Counseling (ADEC)


Surviving the Unthinkable, The Loss of a Child, by Janice Bell Meisenhelder is an eye-opening, heart warming, life-giving book, filled with hope, truth, faith, inspiration, motivation, and day by day comforting suggestions - a real GPS for the heart and soul, reflecting her personal loss, and her wealth of knowledge as nurse and college professor, told in her warm, inviting, down-to-earth writing style giving her readers confidence and tools to survive, believing they will have a meaningful life again. Although the book is focused on bereaved moms with a section written especially for family and friends, it’s practical, powerful message delivered through numerous, valuable topics can inspire anyone who lost a loved one, tenderly guiding them through the challenges and roller coaster ride of grief and all there is to learn about the Grief Process. As a bereaved mom who lost a son and daughter in a car accident, a TCF Chapter Leader for 26 years, a columnist for Grief Digest for 14 years, Diocesan Bereavement Coordinator of 134 parishes for 12 years, and author of The Death of a Child, Reflections for Grieving Parents, I love this healing book and highly recommend it – a great gift that talks to your heart giving you courage to make good choices.

Elaine E. Stillwell
September 29, 2017

Surviving the Unthinkable

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156 pages, Softcover
ISBN-13  9780979651120
ISBN-10 0979651120
Price is $8.99

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by Dr. Janice Bell Meisenhelder

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