Grief is a Journey: Finding Your Path Through Loss shares that there is no “one-size-fits-all” way to cope with loss. Esteemed author and Concordia College graduate, Rev. Dr. Kenneth Doka will discuss his book, “Grief is a Journey”, at Concordia’s Books & Coffee event on March 28 at 7pm.Dr. Doka is a leading expert on grief counseling and therapy and his work has been featured in national publications and media outlets including Parenting, Psychology Today, CNN, and Nightline.Grief is a Journey is the first book to overturn the prevailing, often judgmental, ideas about grief, and replace them with a hopeful, inclusive, personalized, and research-backed approach. New science and studies behind his teaching upend the dominant but incorrect view that grief proceeds by stages.Dr. Doka also explains how to cope with disenfranchised grief—the types of loss that are not so readily recognized or supported by society. These include the death of ex-spouses, as well as non-fatal losses like divorce, the end of a friendship, losing a job, or infertility. In addition, he considers losses that might be stigmatized, including death by suicide or from disease, or self-destructive behaviors like smoking or alcoholism.
Grief is a Journey offers a variety of self-help strategies for coping with grief. It delineates the many ways we can create personal and private therapeutic rituals throughout our grief journey. This book also offers counsel on when—and where—to seek professional assistance. And finally, Dr. Doka reminds us that, however painful, grief provides opportunities for growth.Earl A. Grollman, author of Living When a Loved One Has Died, said of the book, "Grief is a Journey is more than a collection of wise guidance and advice. Rather, this is a volume of rare sensitivity, penetrating understanding, and profound insights written by a foremost interpreter of grief and loss. It is a must read book for the bereaved and those who counsel them.”Dr. Doka is Professor of Gerontology at the Graduate School of the College of New Rochelle as well as Senior Consultant to the Hospice Foundation of America. He is also an ordained Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod (LCMS) pastor.This free event is co-sponsored by the Westchester End of Life Coalition (WELC). It will be held in Pietruski Auditorium on Concordia's Bronxville campus. A reception with book sales and signing will follow Dr. Doka’s presentation.