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POSTED: June 20, 2011 1:04 p.m.
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Dr. Keith Cobb talks with a Liberty Regional Medical Center staffer Tuesday during his book signing at the hospital’s education center. (Patty Leon)

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Dr. Keith Cobb, an internal medicine physician at Richmond Hill’s Memorial Health practice, on Tuesday signed copies of his 2009 book, “The Grief Survival Handbook: A Guide from Heartache to Healing,” at Liberty Regional Medical Center in Hinesville.

Proceeds from books sales will benefit Hospice Savannah.

After watching thousands of his patients struggle with grief after losing a friend or relative, Cobb said he realized most books about the grieving process are written by medical professionals for medical professionals, so he decided it was time to write a book in laymen’s terms.

“Over the years, several patients really taught me more about grief than I learned in medical school,” he said. “And what I learned from my patients and my own family members who have experienced a death, I was able to put down in writing. They were able to tell how they survived their experience. I hope it will be helpful for other people to read those stories.”

The physician said his book is designed to be a guide to let readers know they are not alone and that there is no right or wrong way to grieve.

“When you can simplify things … I think it makes people understand that it’s not unusual to go many years and still have to put up with the grief symptoms that we go through,” Cobb said. “I think hearing it from someone outside the medical profession, even though it’s in writing, they will know that other people are going through it with them.”

He said there is no set time frame for dealing with loss. For some people, the grieving period can be relatively short; for others, several years can pass before a person returns to some semblance of normalcy, he said.

Read more in the June 18 edition of the News.

 

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