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  • interjection An expression of surprise or shock.
  • interjection An expression of dismay and disgust.


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  • I thought to myself good grief, when I saw the previous page and the quote over there. Going to google now.

    March 1, 2009

  • Also the name of a book that helps people work through the grieving process.

    March 2, 2009

  • Helpful book for some, I'm sure. Sometimes it hurts when other people leave us, just like that, and go back Home.

    March 2, 2009

  • It always hurts -- especially so when they just up and leave. I'm sorry for your grief.

    There's another book of the same title, different author, available from Chevron Publishing.

    March 2, 2009

  • I don't mean to be flip or diminish anyone's grief, but this always reminds me of Charlie Brown:

    March 2, 2009

  • John, it does me too! That's what I love about the title. It plays on those two words we all are so familiar with. I think that if I were in the market for a book on how to work through my grief, I'd pick this one off the shelf before one titled "Working Through Your Grief: 20 Easy Steps" (I totally made that up) or something like that. Personally, I don't do grief "good" at all. I very much prefer Charlie Brown's version!

    March 2, 2009

  • Charlie Brown is The Master of Good Grief. (Grief is always good. If you do not grief, your heart is dead, and that's not good.. for anyone.)

    March 2, 2009