5 Books To Read When Coping With Grief And Loss

Author : Sherry Helms

Losing a loved one can be a traumatic and painful experience. Fortunately, some people have the support of family members and friends to help in this bad time. Some seeking out grief therapy and joining bereavement support groups but sometimes you want more or you cannot afford to see someone to help you. In such time, a book about grieving can do wonder to help dealing with loss and regaining a sense of aliveness.

Here, in no particular order, are the top five worthwhile books on grief and mourning, written with insight and compassion for people in all stages of grief and recovery. These books are often accounted as being helpful and encouraging by those grieving the loss of a dear one. Have a look:

Recovering from Losses in Life

by H. Norman Wright

Sometimes after a loss, you feel as if there’s nothing you can do to explain your level of pain to others or yourself. This book here will help you out to find hope in difficult times. Writing from his own experience, H. Norman Wright- certified trauma specialist- covers some of the life changing losses such as the death of a loved one, post-war effects, divorce and some subtle losses, such as changing jobs or a broken friendship in his book.

On Grief and Grieving Finding the Meaning

by Elisabeth Kubler Ross

On Grief and Grieving is a warm tribute to all who have lost their dear one, from a lady who changed the way we talk about life by changing our relationship to death and dying. She has applied five stages of death – denial,  bargaining, anger, depression, and acceptance- to the stages to the grieving process and has weaved together theory, motivation, and useful guidance, including sections on sadness, coping, healing, dreams, isolation, and healing. With empathy and insight, the authors give instruction intended to help readers rebalance their lives and find the courage to continue.

Life after Loss : Guide to Renewing Your Life

by Bob Deits

With great insight and compassion, Bob Deits presents practical strategies for navigating the uncertain terrain of grief and loss, helping readers find affirmative ways to put together a life that is inevitably different, but in the same way helpful and significant. One of the classics in the field of crisis intervention, Life after loss is an invaluable resource to every human being who has suffered a significant loss in his life. It is an appropriate go-to resource for all kinds of loss, not just death and divorce, but moving, losing a job, business, etc.

Healing After Loss : Daily Meditations

By Martha Whitmore Hickman

While nothing can stop, or remove grief there all you need is a little encouragement to get through the day and this wonderful book offers the same. Written by Martha Whitmore Hickman, this excellent book provides a few highly suitable quotes and instructive paragraphs that are more than enough for those who have suffered the loss of a loved one. Filling with many needs, this book can change your mood and outlook toward life.

I Wasn’t Ready to Say Goodbye

by Brook Noel & Pamela D. Blair

I Wasn’t Ready to Say Goodbye provides a comforting hand to hold through the grief process to those who are experiencing the sudden death of a close loved one. This book written by two women, who have dealt with sudden loss, works as a benchmark of sanity through difficult times. Covering different topics such as children’s deaths, homicide, physical effects, grief, funerals, men and women’s grieving styles, this book reflects the shifting face of grief.

We invite our readers to comment and share if they have in their minds some more titles to add in this list, and they can explore the same at our specific Grief Books category.


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