Comments on Catching Your Breath in Grief ... and grace will lead you home


In Gestalt psychotherapy we teach patients how to pay attention to their breathing and adjust their breathing in order to feel more alive and to find greater self-support. Attig has taken this metaphor of breath and shown how it sustains each of us throughout the whole life cycle. Of special note is how breath supports and sustains a person through loss and grief. His gift for creative expression is at a pinnacle here. This book is a gem.

              --J. William Worden, Ph.D., Psychologist and Author: Grief Counseling and Grief Therapy (The most widely read and translated book for counselors and therapists.)


Chock-full of practical and specific suggestions despite the delicacy of its prose, this book is filled with compassionate wisdom that enables us to understand, experience, and move through and beyond the pain of sorrow and grief. It is an incomparable and extremely valuable resource, which I recommend highly as a gift for another or the self.

              --Therese A. Rando, Ph.D., BCETS, BCBT, Clinical Psychologist,Thanatologist, and Traumatologist, The Institute for the Study and Treatment of Loss Warwick, Rhode Island


Tom Attig knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. Catching Your Breath in Grief is a brilliant classic, a compassionate, healing guide along the journey from grief to rebirth, from mourning to a new morning. Psychologically sound, spiritually inspiring, wise, literate, and humane, this book will change lives. The transcendental photographs and majestic words are a goldmine for all clergy, professionals and comforters. It is the most thoughtful book I have ever read to give to those in grief. It is truly a blessing, a harvest of redemptive insight.

              --Rabbi Earl Grollman, D.D., D.H.L., Author: Living When a Loved One Has Died and over 20 other books on loss and grief


With the characteristic gentleness of a sensitive philosopher, Thomas Attig's latest book encourages thoughtfulness, stimulates the senses, and breathes balm into the aching hearts and souls of those who grieve. This book would make a perfect anniversary gift, or a gift for any other significant occasion in a bereaved person's calendar.

              --Dianne McKissock, Grief Counselor and Order of Australia Medalist (for her work with the bereaved)


To be read at one sitting, to treasure, to gift to anyone, anytime, and to be kept by the bedside for revisits, in solitude, often. In word and image, suffering is given a language that makes sense even when we feel we have totally lost our bearings. Kernels of wisdom and nuggets of practical advice are embedded in the most thoughtful and profound explanation of the healing trajectory of grief. In concise, straightforward yet poetic language, this jewel radiates the truth, hope — the art of sorrow and human resilience — accessible to us all.

              --Sandra Bertman, Professor of Medical Humanities and Author: Facing Death: Images, Insights, and Interventions


Thomas Attig is one of the most imaginative and insightful persons currently writing about bereavement and grief. In Catching Your Breath in Grief, his thoughtful reflections are joined to amazing photographs to produce a marvellously impressive meditation for readers. The very concept of this book is distinctive; I know nothing quite like it. More to the point, its execution is dazzling in its combination of keen insights, gripping images, and thoughtful guidance for the bereaved. Coping with significant losses is hard work. This book offers an outstanding fund of insights and images to help ease those efforts.

              --Charles Corr, Philosopher, Past Chair of the International Work Group on Death, Dying, and Bereavement, and author and editor of numerous books in the field


Thank you so much for giving me the privilege of reading your draft for the book. It really is inspirational and I believe it should be read slowly, a small piece at a time. Actually, as I read it, I kept thinking of people known to me who would benefit, and I look forward immensely to its publication. I know it will be a comfort and source of strength to many.

              --Sister Frances Dominica, Founder of Helen House Hospice for Children, Oxford, England


I know so many people who need to read your book when it is released. The photos are truly beautiful, but your words were more than adequate to speak to my sorrow. My husband was murdered eight years ago.

              --A 9/11 survivor whose husband was in one of the towers in New York City


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