Grief happens to everyone. Universal and enveloping, grief cannot be ignored or denied.
In her original new book, 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 the purpose and function of crying. 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.
Dorothy P. Holinger, Ph.D., was an academic psychologist on the faculty of Harvard Medical School for more than twenty-three years and has maintained a private psychotherapy practice for fifteen years. A graduate of Brown University with a degree in English, she earned her doctorate in psychology from the University of Michigan. With a prestigious National Research Service Award—a grant from the National Institutes of Health—she completed a postdoctoral fellowship in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School in the Clinical Research Training Program. Dr. Holinger studied the human brain for thirty years and has received grants from the Montreal Neurological Institute and the National Institutes of Health. She is a member of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Honor Society, the Association for Psychological Science, and the American Psychological Association, and she has contributed papers to leading journals such as Brain Research, Archives of Neurology, Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology, and American Journal of Psychiatry, among others. She lives in Brookline, Massachusetts with her husband.