Joy at the Edges of Grief

Learning to Be Present in the Midst of Caregiving, Illness, and Loss

by Elizabeth Straka Ph.D.

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Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 5/04/2019

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 294
ISBN : 9781982223670
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 294
ISBN : 9781982223687

About the Book

When Elizabeth Straka’s husband, David, was diagnosed with cancer, she had no idea how they would manage the complex and continuous needs that accompanied his diagnosis. Soon, they realized they were unable to confidently make good decisions, especially without a clear direction ahead. Fortunately, they eventually discovered that finding gratitude and being present allowed them to find light and hope even in their darkest days. In a tender presentation created from journal entries and reflections, Straka details the emotional experiences of terminal illness, caregiving, loss, and grief while providing compassionate, helpful insights about how to navigate life’s most difficult moments. She begins by detailing their journey prior to cancer as well as the confusing and emotional path that followed David’s diagnosis and continues with her reflections as she begins moving through the different stages of grief after his death. Her shared lessons about the power of presence and gratitude invite others into a safe place where they, too, can come to terms with their own grief and loss. Joy at the Edges of Grief is an authentic guide to finding the power of presence and gratitude in the midst of a life-challenging illness and monumental loss.

About the Author

Elizabeth lives in the Northeast, where she maintains a speech-language practice, offers Reiki and mindfulness education, writes, and creates. In helping others, she has an intuitive gift for seeing and identifying interrelationships within conditions or situations, and is known to communicate with compassion, attention, and insight as she provides heart-centered care and support. Elizabeth holds a PhD from the University of Oregon. She taught, presented nationally, consulted, mentored, and published before she returned to direct practice as a speech-language therapist. After making her way through grief, she found herself writing Joy at the Edges of Grief and ultimately seeking ways to support other caregivers or those grieving. The book shares her experiences and insights in caregiving, loss, and healing. The lessons she learned about the power of mindful awareness and gratitude are truly transformational and applicable for those caring for a loved one or coming to terms with their own grief and loss. Visit her website at to learn more.