Richard Stack - We Who Grieve

Friday, April 5, 2024 - 6:00pm

Left Bank Books presents Richard A. Stack, associate professor emeritus at American University, author, and award-winning documentary producer, to discuss his new book We Who Grieve: Understanding Our Most Painful Emotion. Stack's new book includes photographs from St. Louis photographer Bob Denlow. Join us as we discuss the throes of grief with this supportive, compassionate, and reassuring look at the concept and process of grief.

Stack will personalize and sign copies after the presentation! Personalized and signed copies will be available to be mailed anywhere in the country. For personalized copies, please order before noon on April 4th.

Bob Denlow's stunning photographs of notable St. Louis monuments will be part of the program.

Join us at Left Bank Books
399 N Euclid Ave
St. Louis, MO 63108
Watch the livestream on Left Bank Books' YouTube Page
Please RSVP as space is limited


About the Speaker

Richard A. Stack, associate professor emeritus, taught for three decades in the School of Communication at American University. He has published four books and is an award-winning documentary producer. He volunteers at Washington, D.C.'s leading grief counseling center.


About We Who Grieve: Understanding Our Most Painful Emotion

Those in the throes of grief may find this work a comforting companion. It reassures the readers that they are not alone, and provides guidance to process bereavement and to reassure that life, though different, can be fulfilling again. The book is written to support those mourning for a vast range of reasons and relationships, and includes helpful information for those close to mourners who seek to be supportive. Chapters discuss the language surrounding grief, strategies for moving forward, methods of decompression and acceptance, and how other cultures view and mourn the death of their loved ones.


Review Quotes:
"The human encounter with death evokes complex and intense emotions for bereaved individuals and families. This is made all the more problematic within our society that denies death, and resists speaking openly about grief and loss. But in We Who Grieve: Understanding Our Most Painful Emotion, Richard A. Stack delineates an intricate understanding of the complexity of grief, presented in a profoundly clear and lucid manner. Part memoir, part psychological inquiry into the nuances of the grief journey, this book is a treasure house for anyone wrestling with death and grief. You will discover in this book a viable roadmap explicating that most basic human experience that we are all destined to encounter throughout our lives."--Rabbi Simcha Raphael, Ph.D., founding director, Da'at Institute for Death Awareness, Advocacy and Training, author of Jewish Views of the Afterlife

"Despite the universality of grief, the bereaved often find themselves somehow alone in their pain while surrounded by people who want to help. Isolation and misunderstanding tend to be the hallmarks of grief in the United States. This book provides the language grieving people need to help decrease the isolation and information to help us all better support our grieving loved ones! It is kind of religious, and kind of cultural, and kind of not! It takes a universal approach to understanding grief and grief traditions as a way of mirroring the universality of grief. This book is an atlas for grief; the contents of it will ease suffering...of this I am sure! Thank you for giving a voice to our friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues who struggle daily with this, most human experience."--Michelle Palmer, LICSW, executive director, Wendt Center for Loss and Healing, Washington, DC

"I find myself wanting to squeeze the meaning and the moment out of every word in this book. It is the most moving treatise I have ever read on grief and the grieving process. It is a gift to human kind-wherein suffering is guaranteed. The book does not provide guidance on how to grieve less or to make it less painful, but how to make it redemptive enabling the person who has experienced loss to remember that love goes in the center, thus enabling individual growth through and in the progression of grieving."--Rev. Joseph Eldridge, American University

Event address: 
399 N. Euclid Ave.
Saint Louis, MO 63108
We Who Grieve: Understanding Our Most Painful Emotion By Richard A. Stack Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476692838
Availability: On Our Shelves (Note - We update this inventory once per day.)
Published: Toplight Books - November 21st, 2023


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