Author:Debbie Augenthaler

Publisher: Doubleday
ISBN: 978-1-7320233-0-7

Debbie Augenthaler, author of You Are Not Alone spent twenty years as a financial planner prior to embarking on what is now her lifework, writing and psychotherapy. (2018, p.246-7) Augenthaler is a graduate of New York University (MA in Counseling) and she has two years of post-graduate studies in Advanced Trauma from the Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy. In 2012 she was awarded the prestigious Steinhart Award for outstanding clinical service from NYU. Her specializations range from holistically based practices to sensorimotor and energy modalities and more. To learn more about her please visit her website at http://www.debbieaugenthaler.com.

If you live you will eventually experience grief. Anyone who has experienced grief knows that it can be overwhelming. Grief does not always stem from death, there are numerous other losses that can leave us grief-stricken. Some people can walk through this dark dilemma and come out on the other side ok. Others really struggle and require the help of a professional.

In the opening chapter of this book Debbie Augenthaler speaks about the sudden loss of her husband and her difficult time trying to come to terms with this loss and how to proceed living the rest of her life. She was a young woman who now found herself a widow. They both had careers that were on an upward spin. They had a new home that they both loved.

Debbie’s husband died from an aneurysm and it was fast. There was no time to get comfortable with him being out of her life. Blam, in a fleeting few minutes she went from happily married to mourning widow. He had been feeling odd the evening prior to this sad scenario and she pled with him to go to the emergency room to seek the counsel of a doctor. He did not. As such she replayed the what if game over and over. All of us do. It is perfectly normal given those set of circumstances. The doctors told her that there was nothing anyone could have done to prevent his death. She was still ridden with guilt.

Over time she sought counseling to help her deal with the pent-up emotions of this devastating loss and to help her move on with her life as a widow. It is from this loss that she decides there is a place for her grief to help others heal. The greatest gift the death of her husband gave her was the strength to help other people come to terms with their losses.

I enjoyed this book immensely and would suggest it as a must read for anyone who has suffered any type of loss. There is wonderful examples of the various stages of grief and how we do not all proceed through them the same way. And that is ok. Losses are personal and there is no one standardized approach toward healing. Let Debbie Augenthaler help you find you way back to being whole.