Adult Coloring Book Helps Healing from Losses

Adult Coloring Book Helps Healing from Losses

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Colors of Loss and Healing:
An Adult Coloring Book for Getting Through Tough Times

By Deborah S. Derman, Ph.D.

Colors of Loss and Healing: An Adult Coloring Book for Getting Through Tough Times is the first coloring book designed specifically for adults experiencing a significant loss or challenge in their lives.  The loss of a loved one, the loss of a relationship, the loss of one’s health can all feel like insurmountable challenges. Few know this better than Deborah S. Derman, Ph.D., whose personal journey through loss and grief includes the suicide of a close friend, witnessing the deaths of her parents in a plane crash, the death of her husband while she was pregnant with her third child, and surviving breast cancer.

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Dr. Derman says that her view of loss and healing does not emphasize phases or stages, but rather focuses on the essential elements, tasks, and experiences that are necessary for healing. Her book, Colors of Loss and Healing provides readers with a quiet, contemplative activity for healing, as well as:

  • A journaling experience with space to write down one’s unique thoughts and feelings,
  • An inspiring introduction that details how Dr. Derman has coped with her own life challenges
  • The opportunity to explore feelings of loss in a productive way
  • Beautiful illustrations and imagery that symbolize each element of healing
  • The development of a clearer understanding that healing is a complex, non-linear process that involves psychological, social, and emotional components.
  • A self-reflective process in which the reader can identify the strengths and qualities which are important for healing
  • An understanding that resolving loss is a lifelong process of accommodation

“When I was widowed in my thirties, pregnant and with two small children, I did not know how I would survive,” says Dr. Derman, whose clients have included families of 9/11. “The emotional and physical pain were just too great to handle. I made a deal with myself to try to live for just one hour at a time. I looked at my watch at 10 a.m., thinking that I would just try to live until 11. Coloring, for me, is a beautiful metaphor for taking things one small step at a time. Just pick up a pencil, and fill in one small space. Don’t worry about filling in the whole page or completing the whole book. Healing from loss is a lifelong process. We need to make meaning of the loss as we move forward in our lives.”

About the author:

Deborah S. Derman, Ph.D. is a grief counselor who has been in private practice for over 20 years, and earned a doctorate focusing on grief and bereavement. She has experienced significant losses and challenges throughout her life including the suicide of a close friend, the death of both parents in a plane crash, the death of her husband, and a breast cancer diagnosis. After the terrorist attacks of 9/11, Dr. Derman worked in Staten Island, counseling the families of those who lost their lives on that tragic day.

Learn more about Dr. Derman and Colors of Loss & Healing at http://deborahdermanphd.com/ and connect on Twitter and Facebook.

Colors of Loss and Healing: An Adult Coloring Book for Getting Through Tough Times is currently available on Amazon.com

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