A Buddhist Grief Observed by Guy Newland is a thought provoking, valuable book which I just finished reading and highly recommend.
I picked this little book up to scan it for a series of caregiver talks that I have been giving, more specifically to focus on end of life care, and I found that I got deeply immersed in it. The wide breadth of the author’s knowledge about Buddhism combined with his down to earth, conversational manner makes for a surprisingly profound read. It is the kind of book that can be opened at any point, but there is a story, a progression, which reaches a definite dramatic conclusion. This happens when the author gives his first talk about grief after his wife has passed away. The book goes on to give practical advice about being with loss and helping those who are grieving, shows how to avoid common pitfalls, and shares the worldview of one who is bereaved but willing to share his knowledge and experience for the benefit of others. It is a treasure, not to be missed.
The eulogy is beautifully written, the resources and notes are invaluable – each could serve as the basis for a years research work. I thank the author for sharing them with us.