The death of someone we hold dear may be inevitable; being paralysed by our grief is not. A growing body of research has revealed our capacity for resilient grieving, our innate ability to respond to traumatic loss by finding ways to grow - by becoming more engaged with our lives, and discovering new, profound meaning.
Author and resilience/well-being expert Lucy Hone, a pioneer in fusing positive psychology and bereavement research, was faced with her own inescapable sorrow when, in 2014, her 12-year-old daughter was killed in a car accident. By following the strategies of resilient grieving, she found a proactive way to move through her grief, and, over time, embrace life again.
Resilient Grieving offers an empowering alternative to the five-stage Kubler-Ross model of grief - and makes clear our inherent capacity for growth following the trauma of a loss that changes everything.
Lucy Hone, PhD, received her master's degree in applied positive psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, the world-renowned home of the field. Today, she's a researcher in resilience/well-being at the Auckland University of Technology. Karen Reivich, PhD, a leading expert in the fields of resilience, depression prevention, and Positive Psychology, is the Director of Training Programs for the Penn Positive Psychology Center.