When a painful loss or life-shattering event upends your world, here is the first thing to know: there is nothing wrong with grief. “Grief is simply love in its most wild and painful form,” says Megan Devine. “It is a natural and sane response to loss.”
So, why does our culture treat grief like a disease to be cured as quickly as possible?
In It’s OK That You’re Not OK, Megan Devine offers a profound new approach to both the experience of grief and the way we try to help others who have endured tragedy. Having experienced grief from both sides ― as both a therapist and as a woman who witnessed the accidental drowning of her beloved partner ― Megan writes with deep insight about the unspoken truths of loss, love, and healing. She debunks the culturally prescribed goal of returning to a normal, “happy” life, replacing it with a far healthier middle path, one that invites us to build a life alongside grief rather than seeking to overcome it. In this compelling and heartfelt book, you’ll learn:
- Why well-meaning advice, therapy, and spiritual wisdom so often end up making it harder for people in grief.
- How challenging the myths of grief―doing away with stages, timetables, and unrealistic ideals about how grief should unfold ― allows us to accept grief as a mystery to be honored instead of a problem to solve.
- Practical guidance for managing stress, improving sleep, and decreasing anxiety without trying to “fix” your pain.
- How to help the people you love ― with essays to teach us the best skills, checklists, and suggestions for supporting and comforting others through the grieving process.
It’s OK That You’re Not OK is a book for grieving people, those who love them, and all those seeking to love themselves ― and each other ― better.