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What to Say and Do for People in Distress

We live in an increasingly “virtual” world in which it can be tempting to skip making that true, human connection with someone in pain. Even though our thoughts might be with a person we know is suffering, we lack the confidence to reach out, worrying that we will say or do the “wrong” thing.

In this practical, step-by-step guide to what she calls “the art of comforting,” Val Walker draws on numerous interviews with “Master Comforters” to guide readers in gently and gracefully breaking through the walls that those who are suffering often erect around themselves. Interviewees include inspiring individuals such as Alicia Rain, who, as a victim's advocate for the city of Richmond, Virginia, has devoted her life to comforting grieving families devastated by homicide, gang violence and other traumatic experiences. Or Patricia Ellen, who, as a grief counsellor and outreach director at the Centre for Grieving Children in Portland, Maine, appears on site to support and comfort children, staff and parents when a school is facing a death, violence or other crises.

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  • Published : 17/02/2011
  • ISBN : 9781585428281
  • Format : Paperback
  • Imprint : Tarcher
  • Size (mm): 127 x 203
  • Category: Psychology
  • Pages : 320
  • Edition :
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