The Grief Club: The Secret to Getting Through All Kinds of Change

GPN client Melody Beattie is a leading journalist and best-selling author. The Grief Club is Melody's profoundly personal, and powerfully healing book to help readers through life's most difficult times. Chapter 4, "Changing Bad into Betterment," chronicles Mark's transition from skydiver to soccer coach to spine patient, to disabled and depressed, then on to his new life and new career as a patient advocate.

After Melody Beattie's young son died, she found herself welcomed into a new club -- a circle of people who had lived through the tragic oss of a child. This was not the first club in which Beattie unwittingly found herself. Years earlier she took part in a Twelve Step group, at first balking, then later embracing the healing principles she now credits with saving her life. Through these and other experiences, Beattie discovered a secret for getting through life's losses: by being present with and for others who've been there. If we're alone, we can't see who we are. When we join the club, other people become the mirror, she writes. Through them, we see ourselves and gain an understanding of what we're going through, she adds. In turn, with time, we become that mirror for others.

  Proceeds are donated to the following patient community forums:

  • iSpine (the International Spine Patient Information NEtwork)
  • MGH Braintalk forums
  • ADR Support forum