Resilience: A Book Review

Grieve Well

When I first ran across “Resilience: The Science of Mastering Life’s Greatest Challenges,” by Steven M. Southwick and Dennis S. Charney, I thought it could be the ultimate book of evidence-based grief coping strategies. Written by a couple of medical doctors, chock full of references to hundreds of scientific papers, what could be better?


In fact, I do have a few criticisms of “Resilience.” I think these failings cause it to be somewhat less than the perfect evidence-based grief coping manual. However, it is still an unusual and very useful book for someone like me who is trying to uncover evidence-based strategies to recover from the suicide death of his only son less than a year ago.

The Science of Resilience

The most striking thing about “Resilience” is the scientific underpinning. The book cites literally hundreds of research papers by psychologists, brain scientists, cognitive researchers and others. This…

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About Sue Rosenbloom, M.A., C.T.

Thanatologist: Loss and Grief Coach - My blog is for educational purposes only. I am not a licensed professional counselor - Bachelor of Arts in Human Studies - Marylhurst University (2007)- Certificate in Thanatology - Hood College (2008) Master of Arts in Thanatology - Hood College (2009) Certificate in Thanatology - The-Association for Death Education and Counseling (The highest level of loss and grief education). * Hospice, Alzheimers and Senior's Advocate * Former first responder for Trauma Intervention Program, Inc. (TIP) * Hospice and Bereavement Volunteer for Providence Hospice Bereavement Program * Association for Death Education and Counseling Member * National Alliance for Bereavement of Children * Hood College Thanatology Association * American Group Psychotherapy Association * Marylhurst Gerontolgy Association * Oregon Gerontology Association * Hospice, Loss, Grief and Bereavement Researcher * Creative Writer
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