David Knapp’s new book helps the reader understand what a grieving person really wants and needs, but can’t express. “I DIDN’T KNOW WHAT TO SAY: Being a Better Friend To Those Who Experience Loss” is a peek into his personal conversations helping family and friends experiencing loss; conversations covering a 40-year span.This book is written so friends learn what to say to help grievers in their time of sorrow.
Knapp points out “This book can be used as a handbook. Stand-alone chapters focus on varying types of loss and provide insights related to the dynamics of comforting those grieving. For the bottom-lined individual, the list at the end of each chapter “What to Say / What NOT to Say” will be especially appreciated.”
The author’s lessons on grieving were forged in the crucibles of losing not just one wife to cancer, but two. In those years, he raised four children, blended a family of eight teen-agers, and shouldered his responsibilities with respect and admiration by his family and colleagues.
Some of the conversations reveal unintentional hurts, while others give the reader, the “opportunity to be embraced by the wisdom and affirmation of our humanity in and through the process of loss,” as Dr. Bill Steinke, Hospice Chaplain noted.
Dr. Steve Vandegriff, Professor at Liberty University, writes, “David Knapp hits a nerve with his book, “I DIDN’T KNOW WHAT TO SAY: Being a Better Friend To Those Who Experience Loss”. David takes a candid and vulnerable walk through all the dynamics of grief and loss. It’s a book that every person who works with the public on a daily basis should have in his/her library. It’s a book for the person who simply wants to be a better friend to those experiencing grief.”
The book will be available for pre-order on Amazon.com starting July 15, 2015. Readers can reserve their digital copy and receive a preview of the introduction & the first two chapters; plus pick up two bonus features.
About David Knapp
A two-time widower, the author raised four children, blended a family of eight teen-agers, and shouldered his responsibilities with respect and admiration by his family and colleagues. Today he’s the proud grandfather of 27, resides in Mesa, Arizona, and is remarried to Crystal Wacker Knapp. Together they have plans for workbooks and other resources for grievers and caregivers. He is actively pursuing and is available for seminars and speaking engagements.