Baby Boomers Face Grief

Survival and Recovery

by Jane Galbraith



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 1/28/2009

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 1
ISBN : 9781412204057

About the Book

Ninety million baby boomers will, in the next 20 years, face the loss of one or both parents. This book discusses society's lack of acceptance of grief in general and the way past generations have taught us to deal with this life event. "Time will heal.", "They had a good life" are some examples of empty phrases so often used when dealing with loss. The reader is taken on a journey in this book by providing support and understanding of the grieving process. In this writer's opinion this generation, known as the baby boomers, through the sheer force of their numbers, has the ability to make positive changes in the way this and succeeding generations handle grief. The grieving process is explained; how it differs for all of us; that there is no "right" way to grieve and that the pain of grieving cannot be avoided. Suggestions are offered for managing grief. Ceremonies and rituals surround death and grieving is discussed and suggestions about how to structure a meaningful ceremony to honour loved ones are given. The book makes it clear that change can occur in our society, with this generation, that will allow people to manage grief in a constructive way; that sharing experience can allow others to be more prepared and more open in dealing with this life altering experience and that people can find comfort in knowing that others have had similar experiences. This book allows a glimpse into what we will all face and some strategies to cope with our loss, in an easy to read, personal narrative format. FORWARD BY Dennis Walker MSW Individuals facing bereavement differ in many significant ways. However, they often have in common the experience of isolation and of being unable to measure the “normalcy” of their loss. As a counselor it is important to be able to recommend a book that deals with the process of grief as a personal experience and which offers non-judgmental ways of measuring its impact on us. Framed in the context of the “boomer” generation Jane starts with her own open discussion of the death of her mother, but extends her discussion to all aspects of loss. She describes how death affects the individual, his or her relationships, as well as how societal attitudes can worsen the impact of loss on us all. She gives specific ideas about the preparation before the impact of loss and the suggestions for constructively dealing with the aftermath of death. From the outset, she notes that many of us find unexpected change to be difficult. Her book provides a careful antidote to the tendencies in our culture to avoid facing grief and to the “quick fixing” of personal loss. Throughout, the theme is that of not judging one’s reactions; of not trying “to do grief according to the book”; to stay open to the possibility that grief can eventually create change. Her book is open, practical and ultimately conveys a strong and positive message to anyone struggling with loss. In the past I have feared recommending books about loss, as they can in spite of their intent, leave people feeling worse. This book will leave people feeling confirmed in their experience and hopeful for their future. Dennis Walker September 2005

About the Author

Jane Galbraith holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from McMaster University and has worked in the community health care field since 1976. She is the author of “Baby Boomers Face Grief – Survival and Recovery". Check out her website at

Her work has included dealing with palliative clients and their bereaved families for the past two decades and also assists facilitating grief support groups. She has been involved with both residential hospices that opened in her region as well as the palliative care initiatives in her area.

She presents on a regular basis to many community groups, hospices, volunteer groups and businesses. As well she has presented to the Bereavement Ontario Network annual meeting and the Canadian Hospice and Palliative Care Conference in 2007 and conducted a workshop at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in 2009

The grief she experienced after the death of her mother in 1993 had an enormous impact on her. This event created the realization that in the next few years all her friends would be facing this same life experience. Her main concern is that this generation is not prepared and will be going through this together in numbers never seen before.