Necessary Losses

Judy Viorst

“Necessary Losses” is a thought-provoking non-fiction book that delves into the universal challenges we face throughout life. Drawing from psychoanalysis, literature, and personal experiences, Viorst explores the losses inherent in our human journey. She emphasizes that these losses—whether of assumptions, possessions, or connections—are essential for growth and self-discovery. From the initial separation from our birth mother to the final loss of death, Viorst weaves a mosaic of philosophical treatises, essays, anecdotes, and poems. Her message resonates: embrace complexity, value creativity, and find meaning in the ebb and flow of life’s gains and losses.

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