Living with a Grieving Heart: Thoughts from a Grief Warrior


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$15.99  $14.87
Emerald Lake Books
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5.0 X 8.0 X 0.46 inches | 0.48 pounds

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About the Author

Marianne Bette is a retired family physician from Southbury, Connecticut, the town where she was born and raised and still currently lives.After forty years in family medicine, she's enjoying her retirement and getting to spend time with her second husband, Gene. The two of them have a truck camper in which they have traveled around the United States, including driving to Alaska and back. (One of their favorite travel destinations.) They share a trusty rescue dog named Buttons, who is their constant companion and she loves camping too.Marianne has three daughters she's very proud of. Her oldest daughter Sarah lives in southern California with her family. While her other two daughters, Caitlin and Justine, both live in North Carolina.A consummate gardener and home chef, Marianne has also begun work on a third book. This one includes the inspiring stories of some of her former patients.Marianne loves to connect with her readers on Instagram (@bettemarianne) and invites you to follow her there.If you're interested in having Marianne come speak to your group or organization, either online or in person, you can contact her at


Marianne Bette has suffered several very significant losses during her life. In her book, Living with a Grieving Heart, Marianne shares her experiences and insights regarding the painful grieving process. She writes about her own, often debilitating, reactions to loss in a very honest and candid manner, offering suggestions for working through these difficult times. Through her stories, the reader will come to realize that many of the emotions the bereaved experiences, including deep despair and cognitive changes, are natural and normal. While grieving is very difficult and painful, Marianne shows the bereaved that they can grow from the experience of loss, incorporating the loss into their future, and finding positive ways to put together a life that may be different, but meaningful.

- Carol Flament, MS, Death, Dying and Bereavement Educator and Bereavement Support Group Facilitator

As a doctor who treats chronic pain patients, I have had the rare opportunity to witness the transformation of suffering into joyful triumph-an evolution that eludes many. I deeply admire those who can convert adversity into a positive force. For those who are heartbroken and need help, Dr. Marianne Bette provides a prescription for transformation. In Living with a Grieving Heart, she allows us to glimpse her own grief as illustrated in a series of honest, powerful and sometimes raw anecdotes. She inspires us to embrace the complexities of grief and use the transformative power of anguish to deepen relationships and generate new enthusiasm for life. Marianne possesses a level of wisdom that could only have been earned by enduring incredible heartache. She inspires her readers with her extraordinary insight and gift of resilience. Marianne's message is clear. The Paradox of Life always hides blessings in our hardships.

- Jim Prado, DC, Chiropractic Physician

In her latest book, Marianne Bette again offers us important insights for living and an intimate portrait of pivotal moments in her life journey. The stories are offset by words of wisdom, encouragement and perspective in dealing with grief born of loss. Marianne's book deals with the loss of a loved one. What happens when that loved one is yourself? Many people who suffer a brain injury experience the grief of losing the life they knew and the future they anticipated. They and their families will find comfort and guidance in these pages as they forge ahead in their life journeys. Grief is universal; only the details vary.

- Kathleen M. Lord, MS, Speech-Language Pathologist