By Claire Bidwell Smith, LCPC
Following the renowned Kübler-Ross stages model, Anxiety: The Missing Stage of Grief, is a groundbreaking book that explores the little-known yet critical connections between anxiety and grief, with practical strategies for healing. If you’re suffering from anxiety but not sure why, or if you’re struggling with loss and looking for solace, it offers answers that will help you understand your confusing feelings and help you work through the process of coming to grips with your grief.
The fact that significant loss and unresolved grief are potential triggers of anxiety is something that author and grief counselor Claire Bidwell Smith discovered from personal experience and in her practice with her therapy clients. Now, using research and real life stories, she breaks down the physiology of anxiety and helps you heal. Anxiety: The Missing Stage of Grief takes a big step beyond Elisabeth Kübler-Ross’s widely accepted five stages to unpack everything from fears about mortality, to the often paralyzing vulnerability a loss can make us feel.
Smith addresses the connection between grief and anxiety and provides concrete tools and coping strategies for panic attacks, getting a handle on anxious thoughts, and more, in a way that is deeply empathetic and eminently practical.