Ashley Davis Bush published Transcending Loss (Berkley) in 1997. Since then she has grown her Transcending Loss brand by becoming a sought-after speaker for professional conferences and by reaching out directly to the bereaved through online communities where she has established tens of thousands of followers.
In her new book Hope & Healing for Transcending Loss, Davis Bush offers daily readings - bite-sized lifelines and glimpses of hope for those coping with the death of a loved one. It comprises a brief introduction, a brief conclusion, and 365 daily meditations, plus a few additional pieces for particularly difficult occasions like death date, birth date, anniversary, holidays, and more. Scattered throughout are calming photographs for further contemplation or stillness.
Davis Bush's writings focus on normalizing and validating the incredibly painful process of grieving. She offers a compassionate perspective on staying connected to the deceased, focusing on love, living with gratitude, channeling pain to compassion, transcending loss, making meaning, and living into a new self.
"Twenty-five years spent working with grieving clients has given Ashley Bush a great deal of insight into the processes involved in healing from the loss of a loved one. Transcending Loss, her bestseller, has been helping people for decades. Now she has created a very special tool which those recovering from loss can use daily to help themselves process the painful change that they are living through. It is a book of daily meditations for those struggling with profound loss. But don't be deceived by the book's familiar thought-for-the-day format. Her concise introduction to these meditations contains an astounding amount of valuable information about grieving. Contradicting many of the standard grieving myths, she isn't sugar-coating any of it or telling readers to get over it. Instead, she tells us that the pain doesn't stop, that there is no closure. She tells us that the goal is merging the loss into our lives and eventually transcending the pain. The 365 meditations she has put together gently take readers through the journey of getting to know grief and accept it. Each meditation ends with a one sentence daily affirmation. The book also contains a section for Special Trigger Days, and a carefully selected list of Suggested Reading." -Anna Jedrziewski, Retailing Insight
About the Author:
Ashley Davis Bush, LCSW, is a writer, psychotherapist, and armchair sage. She is the author of four self-help books and several articles that have appeared in national media. She has appeared on the Diane Rehm Show, MSNBC, Fox News, The Iyanla Show, and countless radio programs. She earned a BA from Smith College and an MSW from Columbia University's School of Social Work.