Managing the grieving process is a tiring and challenging endeavor. Grief is a universal experience that affects everyone, but many people don’t understand how to grieve, and the importance of going through it to move forward. Kathleen Maxwell-Rambie is a writer who is helping people learn about grief and develop some coping tactics. She is a staff member at BCFS Health and Human Services, a nonprofit organization that helps people through crisis. The organization provides services for natural disasters, health emergencies, and guides children and parents through fostering and adopting. Maxwell-Rambie works in community services, communication, and development, and has worked for BCFS Health and Human Services for a decade.
Maxwell-Rambie wrote “Thriving Through Seasons of Grief: How to Overcome Life’s Disappointments, Change and Loss” to give readers a “toolbox” of strategies to push forward through grief. The book defines grief, the grieving process, and then offers various tips for people managing the loss of a family member, coworker, or friend who need a assistance. The book is informed by her losing her husband of more than thirty years, and the way she struggled through the grieving process after his loss. She realized many of those who’ve experienced loss do not know how to move forward. She recommends people talk about grief openly, to remove some of the stigma and become comfortable with conversing with others to help ease the pain and set a path towards the future.
After reading the book, several BCFS Health and Human Services staff members note its positive elements, including thoughts on the good that can come from a deep grieving experience. They say Maxwell-Rambie’s goal is to encourage healing and understanding and to focus energies on happiness while also remembering lost loved ones.