From losing a loved one, to losing a job, to moving to a new city, our experiences of loss can bring confusion, turmoil, and change. In Seasons of Goodbye, Chris Ann Waters tells us that new transitions must be accepted in order to move forward, and she shows us how to do this. Using the seasons of the year, the author guides us through the natural cycle of goodbye. Autumn represents the pivotal point of change. Winter is a time of getting still and introspective, a time for remembering yesterday. Spring is for regaining hope and letting go. And summer is a season of participating again in life with peace and new purpose. Waters encourages us to write through our goodbyes. She offers instructions on how to begin writing, as well as tips for where to write and what to write. Anyone who has experienced loss will appreciate the insights and suggestions offered here. Seasons of Goodbye will give the reader the courage to say goodbye to yesterday and the strength to say hello to tomorrow.
Seasons of Goodbye: Working Your Way through Loss is a beautiful, lyrical treatment of the many faces of grief. Whatever your loss, you will find this an incredible guide as you navigate the seasons of grief. –Kenneth J. Doka, Ph.D., Professor, The College of New Rochelle, Senior Consultant, The Hospice Foundation of America
Every so often a book comes across my desk that wrestles me to the floor and says, “Pay attention to this.” Seasons of Goodbye is such a book. Or I should say a gift. Like a tapestry, it weaves two important themes: spirituality and grief. Seasons of Goodbye has multiple audiences: certainly grievers but also counselors and clinicians who come alongside them. I found ideas that were fresh and thought, “Oh, I want to try that in one of my groups.” But some pages brought up faces of grievers and the thought, “Oh, I need them to read this page.” What I find particularly helpful is this book feels and reads right, like a seasoned traveler who is further up the road. Chris Ann Waters has worked the soft clay of grief and shaped it into words and sentences and paragraphs that are keepable for the journey. –Harold Ivan Smith, DMIN, FT
Chris Ann Waters is an author, speaker, and artist who focuses her creativity on loss and transition. Chris Ann earned a B.A. from Montclair State University in New Jersey, has completed advanced study in Thanatology at the National Center for Death Education in Boston, and completed advanced study and certification in bereavement facilitation through the American Academy of Bereavement in conjunction with the Association for Death Education and Counseling. Chris Ann is certified by CLASS and speaks on grief, suicide prevention, and volunteerism. She worked for many years as a Hospice volunteer helping terminally ill patients and their families cope with death and grief. Chris Ann received the New Jersey Governor’s Award for Excellence in Volunteering in the category of Benefiting Youth for her work through Hospice at Camp Lost and Found, a bereavement camp for children challenged by grief.