‘More Good Words’ guides readers from grief to cathartic mourning

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New book from Beth L. Hewett explains how active, mindful mourning can bring healing, hope to readers coping with loss

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“Choosing mourning is the healthiest response to death that we can have,” Hewett writes. “Unfortunately, our North American society does not encourage active mourning, and the bereaved get mixed messages.”

While many might think of mourning and grief as interchangeable concepts, they are actually two different responses to loss: grief is an internalized emotion; mourning is an externalized response to grief. Mourning engages the process of healing one’s self.

Author and bereavement expert Beth L. Hewett helps readers actively take control of grief through intentional actions designed to bring hope and healing in her inspirational new book, “More Good Words: Practical Activities for Mourning” (published by WestBow Press).

“Choosing mourning is the healthiest response to death that we can have,” Hewett writes. “Unfortunately, our North American society does not encourage active mourning, and the bereaved get mixed messages.”

Viewing grief as a hopeful journey rather than an obstacle, “More Good Words” outlines a healing process that encourages readers to reach out to other mourners for support and participate in healing activities like writing, gardening and meditating. Hewett stresses that mourning is a healthy response to loss, and her practical suggestions empower readers to look toward the future with renewed hope.

While focusing on helping readers coping with the death of a loved one, the activities outlined in “More Good Words” are applicable to anyone faced with a significant loss, such as divorce, incarceration, or when close bonds have been severed. The book also helps people be and talk with their loved ones about an impending death, opening up the subject in healthy, healing ways.

“More Good Words”
By Beth L. Hewett, Ph.D.
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 212 pages | ISBN 9781490838106
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 212 pages | ISBN 9781490838090
E-Book | ISBN 9781490838083
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Dr. Beth L. Hewett received her doctorate in English rhetoric and composition from the Catholic University of America and has been a college-level educator for 35 years. She is certified in Compassionate Bereavement Care®, holds a certificate in death and grief studies from the Center for Loss and Life Transition, and is a support group facilitator for Bereaved Parents of the USA and her local church. Dr. Hewett also is a facilitator trainer for church-based bereavement ministries and is the author of “Good Words: Memorializing Through a Eulogy” and co-author of “More Good Words: Grief and the Workplace.” More information is available at http://www.goodwordsforgrieving.com and http://www.bethhewett.com.    

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