Testimonials

Book Praise:

“Knowledge of Dr. Berger’s Five Ways provoked many introspective moments for the seniors in my OLLI (Osher Life long Learning Institute) class. Realizing the advantages and disadvantages of each “Way” prompted class discussion on the identified grief and healing paths. The information either reaffirmed personal direction or expanded the students’ perspective and opened a window of possibilities. The book was an effective teaching tool.”
— Lynn Sommer, MEd

“I’ve probably read most of the grief books out there. This was the most inspiring, most comprehensive one I’ve found. So many books give you pat advice: It’s okay to cry; Rely on a support group; Give yourself time: Blah, blah, blah. This book is different.

Susan Berger acknowledges that grief is complex, that a loss means your life will never be the same, that grieving isn’t “over” in a year or two but may last a lifetime in some form or another. She identifies five ways in which people respond to loss.

This book is deep, thought-provoking, and optimistic. It’s well worth reading, reflecting upon, and reading again.”
Windowsphere: A Circle of Hope blog

“Knowledge of Dr. Berger’s Five Ways provoked many introspective moments for the seniors in my OLLI (Osher Life long Learning Institute) class. Realizing the advantages and disadvantages of each ”Way” prompted class discussion on the identified grief and healing paths. The information either reaffirmed personal direction or expanded the students’ perspective and opened a window of possibilities. The book was an effective teaching tool.”
— Lynn Sommer, M. Ed

“Congratulations! … your book shows what a wonderful service you are doing to help people heal deep emotional wounds…what an important and valuable contribution to our world. Your work is a true blessing.”
— Lenore Arnow M.S.Ed.

“[The Five Ways We Grieve is] A practical and illuminating book on the nature of loss and grief, but takes reader beyond, to a place of hopefulness and understanding by offering five unique paths to healing; beautifully written with many personal and touching stories.”
— Christine Melchior

Comments from clients:

“After my husband’s death, 10 months after the diagnosis, I felt lost, frightened and very sad and lonely. I sought your help and experience in understanding the loss, experiencing the sadness and loneliness and moving forward. Your book put things in perspective for my personality. I am grateful for having met you and your efforts in helping me to struggle through the grief. Your parting comments to me “We can never replicate the relationship that is lost, but we can find something different.” This gives me optimism and hope. My therapy has been rewarding for me.”
— Kathleen Messina

“Thanks so much for your counsel and support…I am grateful to have had a professional with whom to work and discuss this important life change.”

“…I never predicted where the process of self discovery took me while working with you … I could not have done this if I hadn’t had a positive experience working with you…Please accept my thanks for getting me on the voyage of self-discovery which led to the path for healing and growth.”

” I consider myself most fortunate to have been given the opportunity to work with you, Susan. You have been an excellent coach, support and sounding board…You have consistently demonstrated compassion, concern, and insights about my experience that have helped me find resolution and move forward.”

Workshop Participant comments:

“Powerful and touching to one’s soul.”

“…an excellent presentation! You presented a taboo topic with grace and confidence! The group discussion and your case examples gave the audience a “hands-on” approach to learning about loss and its impact on identity throughout the life cycle. Thank you.”

“Much material on the topic, beautifully presented.”

“I have attended many workshops and continuing education events…and feel this was among the best. Presentation was well-informed, articulate, and [well-facilitated…]”

“…impressed with the instructor and her presentation, her grasp of the complex, varied subject [on loss and identity.] She helped me better understand self and others.”