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A to Z Healing Toolbox:

A Practical Guide for Navigating Grief and Trauma with Intention

by Susan Hannifin-MacNab

When grief and trauma come barreling into life, how does one attempt to restore, renew, and rebuild a new sense of self? What does one do after hopes, dreams, assumptions, and core beliefs have been shattered?

Social worker and educator Susan Hannifin-MacNab tackled these difficult questions after her husband was killed suddenly, leaving her to pick up the shattered pieces of her young family’s life. She eventually realized that grief and trauma healing do not occur by waiting for time to pass. Action and intention are the pillars needed to lay a foundation for rebirth and build a powerful roadmap for healing mind, body, and spirit.

Susan’s extensive professional knowledge and deeply moving personal experience combine in A to Z Healing Toolbox, an entire alphabet’s worth of proven, practical techniques to accompany you along your own healing journey. This guidebook contains a plethora of life-changing suggestions, powerful daily action steps, independent writing prompts, and inspirational stories from others who have experienced grief or trauma through personal crisis, illness, or death. In times of great darkness, Susan lights a pathway to wisdom, courage, and hope.

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2018 IPPY Bronze Award Winner

Psychology and Mental Health

2018 INDIE Book Awards Finalist

Health & Wellness

2018 American Book Fest Finalist

Health – Psychology & Mental Health

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I found the A 2 Z Healing Toolbox to be a powerful resource. It provided so many ‘go to’ resources and tactical healing options which still helped me even 7 years post loss…

Robin L.

I wish I had found you sooner. I love all the resources and can’t wait to dig deeper into them. I feel energized and hopeful.

Chris M.

By combining Susan’s own personal experiences with her well annotated A 2 Z resources that work in real life, I had new ideas on how to rebuild my traumatized self – in small , practical steps.

Monika C.

...She makes life ‘a little easier’ for anyone moving through grief and trauma healing ... Every page is full of hope and demonstrated resilience.

Nancy Saltzman, PhD Educator, and author of Radical Survivor: One Woman’s Path Through Life, Love, and Uncharted Tragedy

...A practical guidebook that anyone can use with ease. It is personal and heartfelt and encompasses many of the leading interventions the field of grief and trauma have to offer.

Lydia Lombardi Good, LCSW, BCD Grief therapist and hospice bereavement consultant

Get out your highlighter and sticky notes because this book will take you on a healing journey from broken-down to breakthrough.

Paula Stephens Author of From Grief to Growth: 5 Essential Elements of Action to Give Your Grief Purpose and Grow from Your Experience

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