About the Book


THE TRUTH ABOUT GRIEF: THE MYTH OF ITS FIVE STAGES AND THE NEW SCIENCE OF LOSS will be published in paperback on September 6, 2011. For all media inquiries, contact Danielle Lynn at Simon & Schuster, danielle.lynn@simonandschuster.com or 212-698-7538.


Praise for The Truth About Grief:

People says: “Five stages? Maybe not. This hopeful book upends old ideas and emphasizes resilience.”

New Scientist says: “Ruth Davis Konigsberg boldly confronts the U.S.’s culture of grieving. Presenting recent research to combat antiquated beliefs, The Truth About Grief seeks to free grievers from prescriptive mourning and to de-stigmatize resilience…For grievers and clinicians, Konigsberg carries a message of empowerment and hope…readers will find The Truth About Grief a quick, thought-provoking read, worthy of the debate it will necessarily and inevitably cause.”

The Truth About Grief challenges the received wisdom about how and why we grieve and, through healthy skepticism and admirable research, brings us to a more hopeful place.”                                                       Judith Warner, author of Perfect Madness: Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety and We’ve Got Issues.

Konigsberg’s challenge to the orthodoxy surrounding death is both profound and urgent. This is one of those books that will change you forever, altering—for the better—your perspective on one of life’s most essential, inevitable tasks: grieving the loss of a loved one.”           —Peggy Orenstein, author of Cinderella Ate My Daughter and Schoolgirls

Kirkus Reviews says: “When Kubler-Ross published On Death And Dying in 1969, the country was ripe for her theory of the five stages of life’s end, mainly because it touched the zeitgeist: personal transformation through self-awareness. But its one-size-fits-all approach, Konigsberg argues in this probing yet sprightly critique, was not the result of systematic research…”

Publishers Weekly says: “Veteran journalist Konigsberg offers a spot-on critique of Elisabeth Kubler-Ross’s seminal theory—the five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. This “staged” approach, Konigsberg argues convincingly, is unscientific, tends to assume more prolonged mourning, and “prioritizes negative emotions over any positive ones that might occur, say, from a happy memory of the deceased”…This book is well worth reading.”