The emotions associated with grief are very powerful, and although each of us has or will experience the loss of a loved one or friend, grieving can be lonely and bewildering. Through interviews and personal narratives, The Path Through Grief: A Compassionate Guide explores all types of grief and losses : the death of a parent, spouse, child, sibling, friend, or domestic partner; the losses associated with divorce, illness, still births, miscarriages, homicide, and suicide. An important chapter on AIDS details the added pain of society's reaction to the disease in addition to the pain of loss.

Having authored a number of books and articles on coping with grief and chronic illness, Marguerite Guzmán Bouvard offers family members and friends a true companion for the journey through grief. This work explains the various stages of grief and mourning, how we can help ourselves and others, and how we can "reach the other side" of grief. In addition to a chapter on how to write a letter of condolence, lists of resources, support and informational groups, and additional readings are included.

This essential volume speaks to each of us in a deeply personal and sensitive way, teaching us that in time, we will heal.