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Before and After Loss

A Neurologist's Perspective on Loss, Grief, and Our Brain

Lisa M. Shulman, MD

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An expert neurologist explores how the mind, brain, and body respond and heal after her personal experience with profound loss.

Winner of the Best Book Award (Health: Death & Dying) by American Book Fest

In Before and After Loss, neurologist Dr. Lisa M. Shulman describes a personal story of loss and her journey to understand the science behind the mind-altering experience of grief. Part memoir, part creative nonfiction, part account of scientific discovery, this moving book combines Shulman's perspectives as an expert in brain science and a keen observer of behavior with her experience as a…

An expert neurologist explores how the mind, brain, and body respond and heal after her personal experience with profound loss.

Winner of the Best Book Award (Health: Death & Dying) by American Book Fest

In Before and After Loss, neurologist Dr. Lisa M. Shulman describes a personal story of loss and her journey to understand the science behind the mind-altering experience of grief. Part memoir, part creative nonfiction, part account of scientific discovery, this moving book combines Shulman's perspectives as an expert in brain science and a keen observer of behavior with her experience as a clinician, a caregiver, and a widow. Drawing on the latest studies about grief and its effects, she explains what scientists know about how the mind, brain, and body respond and heal following traumatic loss. She also traces the interface between the experience of profound loss and the search for emotional restoration.

Combining the science of emotional trauma with concrete psychological techniques— including dream interpretation, journaling, mindfulness exercises, and meditation—Shulman's frank and empathetic account will help readers regain their emotional balance by navigating the passage from profound sorrow to healing and growth.

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An interesting thought-provoking book, which describes the trauma experienced by the author of losing her husband to cancer and then provides psychological techniques to move forward from sorrow to healing and growth.

A masterpiece. This important, richly heartening book will be a tremendous resource for those experiencing loss and grief, as well as those working with people who are experiencing loss and grief.

The book's combination of storytelling, insights, education, research, and suggested strategies will appeal to a broad audience interested in the science behind grief. Dr. Shulman’s offering advances our understanding of how the brain impacts grief.

Dr. Shulman has written a touching and informative memoir about grief. This book manages to balance science with an intimate, compassionate voice that allows easy access to her extensive experience and wisdom. I highly recommend this to people who have lost a loved one and are feeling the confusion and bewilderment that often accompanies loss.

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9
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184
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9781421426952
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17 b&w photos
Table of Contents

Preface

I.The Before Life

Chapter 1. But We Will
Chapter 2. We Are Sick
Chapter 3. We Are Dying

II. The After Life

Grief and Loss

Chapter 4. The Altered Life
Chapter 5. The Neurology of Grief
Chapter 6

Preface

I.The Before Life

Chapter 1. But We Will
Chapter 2. We Are Sick
Chapter 3. We Are Dying

II. The After Life

Grief and Loss

Chapter 4. The Altered Life
Chapter 5. The Neurology of Grief
Chapter 6. Dreams and Dream Interpretation
Chapter 7. The Science of the Wounded Mind
Chapter 8. The Science of the Wounded Brain

Healing and Restoration

Chapter 9. Developing Confidence in Managing Grief and Loss
Chapter 10. Journaling as a Tool of Emotional Healing
Chapter 11. Nontraditional and Traditional Therapies: Meditation to Medication
Chapter 12. Emotional Restoration: A Gateway to New Directions

Acknowledgments
Bibliography
Index

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Lisa M. Shulman, MD

Lisa M. Shulman, MD, is a professor of neurology at the University of Maryland. She is the author or editor of numerous books on neurologic disorders, including Parkinson’s Disease: A Complete Guide for Patients and Families, 3rd edition.
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