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Title:
Finding peace in times of tragedy : the keys to peace and joy when facing crisis / Christy Monson, LMFT.
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9781641701228
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
[Sanger, California] : Familius, [2019]
Physical Description:
200 pages ; 23 cm
Abstract:
Finding peace in times of worldwide trauma is difficult, and finding peace in times of personal trauma such as a family death or tragedy can be overwhelming. Therapist Christy Monson professionally and compassionately describes how tragedy physically changes the brain and the body, and she provides powerful techniques to help heal those invisible wounds and cope with the turmoil of our day. Chapters are interspersed with moving, first-hand accounts that span the range of human tragedy, including those from A 9/11 survivor Parents who had two children die of brain tumors A mother whose son lost a leg in a road side bomb in Afghanistan A young adult whose father committed suicide And a rape survivor. Through detailed research, years of experience, and detailed interviews with survivors, Monson shows that there is hope for not just peace but also joy after tragedy.
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Summary

Finding peace in times of worldwide trauma is difficult, and finding peace in times of personal trauma such as a family death or tragedy can be overwhelming. Therapist Christy Monson professionally and compassionately describes how tragedy physically changes the brain and the body, and she provides powerful techniques to help heal those invisible wounds and cope with the turmoil of our day.

Chapters are interspersed with moving, first-hand accounts that span the range of human tragedy, including those from

A 9/11 survivor Parents who had two children die of brain tumors A mother whose son lost a leg in a road side bomb in Afghanistan A young adult whose father committed suicide And a rape survivor.

Through detailed research, years of experience, and detailed interviews with survivors, Monson shows that there is hope for not just peace but also joy after tragedy.


Author Notes

Christy Monson received a BS degree at Utah State University and an MS at University of Nevada at Las Vegas. She established a successful counseling practice in Las Vegas, Nevada, as a licensed marriage and family therapist, spending a great portion of her time working with young people and their families. She and her husband, Robert, have raised six children and have fourteen grandchildren.


She has written a children's book series, Texting Through Time, and has a picture book, Love, Hugs, and Hope: When Scary Things Happen, released 2013. Her self-help book Becoming Free: A Woman's Guide to Internal Strength was also released 2013.


Her articles have been published on the web on Familius.com, Gospel Ideals, LDS Witness, Modern Molly Mormon, and American Night Writer's Association. Her blog address is http://christymonson.blogspot.com/.


Her websites are: http://www.christymonson.com/index.html and http://textingthroughtime.com/.


Like her author page: http://www.facebook.com/christymonsonauthor?v=wall



Table of Contents

Part 1 Tragedy-What It Does to Us
The Working World, 9/11 Survivorp. 2
Chapter 1 Personal Tragedyp. 7
Chapter 2 Symptoms and Feelings We Experience When Tragedy Strikesp. 12
Chapter 3 Healing Is a Processp. 18
Chapter 4 Tragedy and the Brainp. 22
Chapter 5 Tragedy and the Bodyp. 27
Part 2 Tragedy and Healing
Two Daughters, the Same Brain Tumorsp. 32
Chapter 6 Listening to Yourselfp. 36
Chapter 7 Healing the Whole Personp. 43
Chapter 8 Creative Visualizations-An Internal Guidep. 52
Chapter 9 Creative Visualizations-An Internal Hospitalp. 57
Chapter 10 Body Work and Traumap. 61
Chapter 11 Putting It All Together-Physical, Mental, and Emotional Recoveryp. 67
Part 3 Grief and the Healing Process
An Afghanistan Wounded Warriorp. 74
Chapter 12 Grief and Disconnected Feelingsp. 80
Chapter 13 Nightmaresp. 85
Chapter 14 Facing Fearsp. 90
Chapter 15 Angerp. 96
Chapter 16 Forgivenessp. 102
Chapter 17 Letter to Your Loved Onep. 107
Chapter 18 Grief and the Creative Artsp. 112
Chapter 19 Body Work and Grievingp. 117
Part 4 Getting Back Into Daily Life
A Survivor: Abandoned, Abused, and Rapedp. 122
Chapter 20 Mistaken Childhood Beliefs and the Grieving Processp. 125
Chapter 21 Biographyp. 131
Chapter 22 A Memorial Tributep. 135
Chapter 23 Positive Thinkingp. 139
Chapter 24 Personal Mantrasp. 144
Chapter 25 Friendsp. 149
Chapter 26 Creating Joy in Your Life after Tragedyp. 153
Chapter 27 Making It Through the Holidaysp. 157
Part 5 Final Touches for Becoming Your Best
A Family of Deathsp. 162
Chapter 28 Finding a Therapistp. 167
Chapter 29 Group Workp. 172
Chapter 30 Gratitudep. 177
Chapter 31 Self-Compassionp. 182
Chapter 32 Finding Peace amid Political Turmoilp. 187
Chapter 33 A Quick Pickupp. 193
Chapter 34 My Spiritualityp. 197
Conclusionp. 201
Bibliographyp. 203
Acknowledgmentsp. 211
About the Authorp. 212