When I was given the opportunity to read and review So Sorry for Your Loss by Dina Gachman, I jumped at the chance. On one hand, ever since I was in my practicum training for my graduate degree in clinical psychology, I have been interested in the subject of grief. I remember meeting with college age students who were currently going through the grief process and wanting to plead with them to take their time in missing and grieving their person. Grief is such a complicated process.
In 2021, the concept of grief took on a whole new meaning for me since I sadly and horribly lost my sister to complications from Covid. Since then, grief suddenly became this tangible thing. I could feel it. Sometimes it is at the forefront of my mind and other times it's a blanket veil at the back of my mind - regardless, it is always there.
What I gained from So Sorry for Your Loss was the introspection of another person who has gone through their own loss and explore all those inner thoughts that creep into the conciousness of those of us left behind. "They’re gone, and I, like so many others, live with those losses every single day." Truer words have never been spoken.
This book is great for everyone to read, however, it is truly best for someone who has gone through a loss to read. What Gachman's book did for me was give me the sense that I am not alone in my grief - that I am not the only one who feels this pain of loss every day in one form or another. There are many quotes I could get from Gachman's book - I was underlining so much as I read. This is truly a work that can can provide much comfort to someone who is grieving or needs to let themselves grieve. Such important work, and I thank Gachman for writing it.