The Anatomy of Grief How the Brain, Heart, and Body Can Heal after Loss Dorothy P. Holinger

Format:
Paperback
Publication date:
28 Jun 2022
ISBN:
9780300264760
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
328 pages: 216 x 140 x 29mm
Illustrations:
11 b-w illus.

An original, authoritative guide to the impact of grief on the brain, the heart, and the body of the bereaved

"Dorothy Holinger's exploration of the contours of grief is wise, moving, thought-provoking, and, best of all, extraordinarily helpful. Beautifully written and humane, it is a balm for the bereaved."—Barry Bearak, Pulitzer Prize winner for international reporting

The Anatomy of Grief sets out to examine the nexus of connections between the physiology and psychology of grief. . . . What’s central for Holinger is that turning feeling into words, and giving voice to buried emotions, acts to release tension. She is a passionate advocate for language as healer.”—Clair Wills, New York Review of Books 

Grief happens to everyone. Universal and enveloping, grief cannot be ignored or denied.
 
This original new book by psychologist Dorothy P. Holinger uses humanistic and physiological approaches to describe grief’s impact on the bereaved. Taking examples from literature, music, poetry, paleoarchaeology, personal experience, memoirs, and patient narratives, Holinger describes what happens in the brain, the heart, and the body of the bereaved.  
 
Readers will learn what grief is like after a loved one dies: how language and clarity of thought become elusive, why life feels empty, why grief surges and ebbs so persistently, and why the bereaved cry. Resting on a scientific foundation, this literary book shows the bereaved how to move through the grieving process and how understanding grief in deeper, more multidimensional ways can help quell this sorrow and allow life to be lived again with joy.

Visit the author's companion website for The Anatomy of Grief: dorothypholinger.com/

Dorothy P. Holinger, Ph.D., was an instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School for more than twenty-three years. She is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and has her own psychotherapy practice.