Allen Klein’s work is very familiar to anyone interested in the connection between humor and healing. His The Healing Power of Humor is pivotal, must-read information essential for any nurse. Klein’s latest book, Learning to Laugh When You Feel Like Crying: Embracing Life After Loss is an intimate, personal examination of what it takes to come back from the death of a loved one.
Allen’s wife Ellen died when she was only 34 years old. Learning to Laugh opens with Allen’s diary from those days. Right away, we’re captured by the emotion of the moment. The grief, the pain, the loss: all are tangible on the page. Just as present, however, is the sense of determined, deliberate optimism and embrace of joy that Klein counted on to get him through the roughest times. (more…)