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Reviewed by Philip Van Heusen for Readers' Favorite
What is the right way to grieve? What if you are grieving over your twenty-two-year-old niece who died unexpectedly? Are there rules that you have to follow and if you don’t grieve in the proper order, will you ever complete the grieving process? The easy answer is that however you grieve is the right way. In Sixteen Days, Victoria Wilson-Crane shares her grief experience during the sixteen days after the death of her young niece. Some words of wisdom on how to behave and communicate concerning death are included at the end of the chapters. While everyone will not have the same experiences that Victoria faced, the events she shares are to be expected. Readers who have been through sudden grief will identify with Victoria’s emotions. Even if you are not grieving over a loved one, this book will help you know how to genuinely show love and care for someone who is grieving.
I have been asked many times what one should say to a parent or family member who is grieving over the loss of a loved one. My answer tends to lean more toward what not to say instead of what to say. In a time of deep grief, words fail and seem so hollow. Sometimes the best thing you can do for someone grieving is just to be there. Instead of asking what you can do, just do it. Think about what you would want someone to do for you, then do it for the one grieving. Grief makes decision-making difficult, so gentle reminders are often appreciated. Action speaks volumes. Often, the one grieving needs you just to sit with them. “How are you?” is a strange question to one who is in grief. “How do you think I am? I am hurting. Why ask such silly questions?” Don’t ask the obvious, and don’t try to direct how one grieves. Read Sixteen Days by Victoria Wilson-Crane to learn how to care for those hurting.