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Before and After Loss: A Neurologist's Perspective on Loss, Grief, and Our Brain

Lisa M. Shulman

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Johns Hopkins University
15 December 2018
Psychology; Psychology: emotions; Coping with death & bereavement
In Before and After Loss, neurologist Dr. Lisa M. Shulman describes a personal story of loss and her journey to understand the science behind the mind-altering experience of grief. Part memoir, part creative nonfiction, part account of scientific discovery, this moving book combines Shulman's perspectives as an expert in brain science and a keen observer of behavior with her experience as a clinician, a caregiver, and a widow. Drawing on the latest studies about grief and its effects, she explains what scientists know about how the mind, brain, and body respond and heal following traumatic loss. She also traces the interface between the experience of profound loss and the search for emotional restoration.

Combining the science of emotional trauma with concrete psychological techniques- including dream interpretation, journaling, mindfulness exercises, and meditation-Shulman's frank and empathetic account will help readers regain their emotional balance by navigating the passage from profound sorrow to healing and growth.
By:   Lisa M. Shulman
Imprint:   Johns Hopkins University
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 11mm
Weight:   249g
ISBN:   9781421426952
ISBN 10:   1421426951
Series:   A Johns Hopkins Press Health Book
Pages:   184
Publication Date:   15 December 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified
Preface I.The Before Life Chapter 1. But We Will Chapter 2. We Are Sick Chapter 3. We Are Dying II. The After Life Grief and Loss Chapter 4. The Altered Life Chapter 5. The Neurology of Grief Chapter 6. Dreams and Dream Interpretation Chapter 7. The Science of the Wounded Mind Chapter 8. The Science of the Wounded Brain Healing and Restoration Chapter 9. Developing Confidence in Managing Grief and Loss Chapter 10. Journaling as a Tool of Emotional Healing Chapter 11. Nontraditional and Traditional Therapies: Meditation to Medication Chapter 12. Emotional Restoration: A Gateway to New Directions Acknowledgments Bibliography Index

Lisa M. Shulman, MD, is a professor of neurology at the University of Maryland. She is the author or editor of numerous books on neurologic disorders, including Parkinson's Disease: A Complete Guide for Patients and Families, 3rd edition.

Reviews for Before and After Loss: A Neurologist's Perspective on Loss, Grief, and Our Brain

An interesting thought-provoking book, which describes the trauma experienced by the author of losing her husband to cancer and then provides psychological techniques to move forward from sorrow to healing and growth. * Nursing Times * This poetic and insightful, if heartbreaking, memoir from neurologist Lisa M. Shulman stems from her own bereavement of her late husband . . . Combined with the latest scientific studies in traumatic brain injury and holistic approaches to healing, Shulman has created a unique book that touches on all aspects of the process of grieving-the psychological, physiological, and overlap between neurology and psychiatry. Ultimately, Shulman points out that whether brain injury is caused by physical or emotional trauma, it results in similar long-term effects-and also that post-traumatic stress can become post-traumatic growth, with the right tools. In short, it could prove to be an invaluable aid to counselors, psychotherapists, and medical doctors, as well as anyone moving through grief toward wholeness. -- Lauren LaRocca * Baltimore Magazine *


  • Winner of American Book Fest Health: Death & Dying Award 2019 (United States)

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