Critiquing Grief

Here’s a new, bold book from journalist Ruth Davis Konigsberg, who offers a thoughtful and sensitive critique of the Kubler-Ross theory we all know about the five stages of grief: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance (or DABBA as my high school health teacher nicknamed them).  Citing various studies, theories and psychologists, The Truth About Grief manages to to make the grieving process something refreshing.  Konigsberg illuminates with care and obvious research the ways in we grieve, showing that how we heal holds signs of our innate human resilience and stunning capacities to cope–especially during times that are too inconceivable and unspeakable to be banished away into clean categories of behavior.  A must read for anyone who thinks there’s gotta be a better way to cope, and for those looking for fresh points of view in the new year.  Available now in bookstores and at

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