Book Review: Colors of Loss & Healing by Deborah S. Derman PH.D. 

Coloring books for a adults are a huge trend now. They’re purported to help ease stress and promote relaxation. I have no idea if they work for everyone but I do personally find the mindlessness and complete focus required for coloring in adult coloring books to be relaxing. 
This particular book is intended to help with grief and loss. 
This is a beautiful coloring book with designs geared to inspire healing and calm. They have enough detail to keep an adult engaged but not so much that they become overwhelming. 
Each page has a design on one side and space for journaling or reflection on the back. This also allows for removing the pages for framing or gift giving. Or if you don’t want to use the journal space at all it allows for coloring them with markers that may bleed without messing up another design. 
My only actual complaint about this book is the introduction. While the author’s personal experience with grief and loss certainly shows her qualifications and inspiration for creating this book the description of her own extended history of loss may be to much for someone whose grief is fresh and raw. It may serve to scare off some people who just can’t deal with that intro every time they open this book. That said I am very sorry the author has had to deal with so much grief in her life and I am glad she has found happiness and has found comfort in comforting others with this book. 

In short, this is a great coloring book for anyone that needs distraction and comforting designs. If you have experienced loss recently or you find stories of others loss hard to handle though then you may want to skip the introduction. 

Colors of Loss and Healing is available now wherever books are sold. 
*I received this book for free via Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review*

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