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The best bereavement books

The Grief Recovery Handbook, 20th Anniversary Expanded Edition: The Action Program for Moving Beyond Death, Divorce, and Other Losses including Health, Career, and Faith
The Grief Recovery Handbook, 20th Anniversary Expanded Edition: The Action Program for Moving Beyond Death, Divorce, and Other Losses including Health, Career, and Faith
John W. James. Updated to commemorate its 20th anniversary, this classic resource further explores the effects of grief and sheds new light on how to begin to take effective actions to complete the grieving process and work towards recovery and happiness...

A Grief Observed
A Grief Observed
C. S. Lewis. Written after his wife's tragic death as a way of surviving the "mad midnight moment," A Grief Observed is C. S. Lewis's honest reflection on the fundamental issues of life, death, and faith in the midst of loss...

On Grief and Grieving: Finding the Meaning of Grief Through the Five Stages of Loss
On Grief and Grieving: Finding the Meaning of Grief Through the Five Stages of Loss
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross. Ten years after the death of Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, this commemorative edition of her final book combines practical wisdom, case studies, and the authors’ own experiences and spiritual insight to explain how the process of grieving helps us live with loss...

Healing Your Grieving Heart for Teens: 100 Practical Ideas (Healing Your Grieving Heart series)
Healing Your Grieving Heart for Teens: 100 Practical Ideas (Healing Your Grieving Heart series)
Alan D. Wolfelt PhD. With sensitivity and insight, this series offers suggestions for healing activities that can help survivors learn to express their grief and mourn naturally. Acknowledging that death is a painful, ongoing part of life, they explain how people need to slow down, turn inward, embrace their feelings of...

Grief and Bereavement in Contemporary Society: Bridging Research and Practice (Series in Death, Dying, and Bereavement)
Grief and Bereavement in Contemporary Society: Bridging Research and Practice (Series in Death, Dying, and Bereavement)
. Grief and Bereavement in Contemporary Society is an authoritative guide to the study of and work with major themes in bereavement. Its chapters synthesize the best of research-based conceptualization and clinical wisdom across 30 of the most important topics in the field...

I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye: Surviving, Coping and Healing After the Sudden Death of a Loved One
I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye: Surviving, Coping and Healing After the Sudden Death of a Loved One
Brook Noel. Take grief at your own pace and find comfort in your lossEach year about eight million Americans suffer the death of someone close to them. Now for thse who face the challenges of sudden death, there is a hand to hold, written by two women who have experienced sudden loss...

Grief Works: Stories of Life, Death, and Surviving
Grief Works: Stories of Life, Death, and Surviving
Julia Samuel. An instant bestseller in the UK, Grief Works is a profoundly optimistic and compassionate handbook for anyone suffering a loss—from the expected death of a parent to the sudden death of a child or spouse—as well as a guide for those who want to help their grieving loved ones...

The Smell of Rain on Dust: Grief and Praise
The Smell of Rain on Dust: Grief and Praise
Martín Prechtel. Inspiring hope, solace, and courage in living through our losses, author Martín Prechtel, trained in the Tzutujil Maya shamanic tradition, shares profound insights on the relationship between grief and praise in our culture--how the inability that many of us have to grieve and weep properly for the...

Understanding Dying, Death, and Bereavement
Understanding Dying, Death, and Bereavement
Michael R. Leming. Using a social-psychological approach, the new edition of this book remains solidly grounded in theory and research, while also providing useful information to help individuals examine their own feelings about-and cope with-death and grieving...

The Elephant in the Room: A Childrens Book for Grief and Loss
The Elephant in the Room: A Childrens Book for Grief and Loss
Amanda Edwards. The Elephant in the Room is a children’s storybook with whimsical illustrations and rhyming verses of positive strategies for coping with grief and loss. The gender-neutral elephant character demonstrates the potential emotions that children may experience when faced with any type of loss such as...

Getting Grief Right: Finding Your Story of Love in the Sorrow of Loss
Getting Grief Right: Finding Your Story of Love in the Sorrow of Loss
Patrick O'Malley PhD. When the New York Times ran Patrick O’Malley’s story about the loss of his infant son—and how his inability to “move on” challenged everything he was taught as a psychotherapist—it inspired an unprecedented flood of gratitude from readers...

Grief Counseling and Grief Therapy, Fourth Edition: A Handbook for the Mental Health Practitioner
Grief Counseling and Grief Therapy, Fourth Edition: A Handbook for the Mental Health Practitioner
J. William Worden PhD ABPP. Named a 2013 Doody's Core Title! In the fields of death education, research and counseling/psychology, surely Bill Worden is a giant. . . . ALL of us, personally and professionally, are indebted to J. William Worden...

Grieving with Hope: Finding Comfort as You Journey through Loss
Grieving with Hope: Finding Comfort as You Journey through Loss
Samuel J IV Hodges. Practical and straightforward, yet warm and compassionate, Grieving with Hope clarifies the popular misconception that people move through stages of grief. This will be an encouragement to many, as grieving people often think something is wrong with them when their grief doesn't proceed neatly through...

The Orphaned Adult: Understanding And Coping With Grief And Change After The Death Of Our Parents
The Orphaned Adult: Understanding And Coping With Grief And Change After The Death Of Our Parents
Alexander Levy. Losing our parents when we ourselves are adults is in the natural order of things, a rite of passage into true adulthood. But whether we lose them suddenly or after a prolonged illness, and whether we were close to or estranged from them, this passage proves inevitably more difficult than we thought...

Bereavement Camps for Children and Adolescents: Planning, Curriculum, and Evaluation Irene Searles McClatchey. Bereavement Camps for Children and Adolescents is the first book to describe in detail how to create bereavement camps for children and adolescents. It is a comprehensive how-to guide, offering practical advice on planning, curriculum building, and evaluation...

Mindfulness and Grief: With Guided Meditations to Calm Your Mind and Restore Your Spirit Heather Stang. Coping with grief and loss is one of life's greatest challenges. At times, it may seem overwhelming and impossible to navigate. This inspirational grief book offers real-life stories and mindfulness-based techniques to help you reduce your suffering even during the toughest of times...

Getting to the Other Side of Grief: Overcoming the Loss of a Spouse Susan J. R.N., Ed.D Zonnebelt-Smeenge. This sensitive and biblically oriented book offers a roadmap for bereaved spouses on the journey through grief to resolution. Excellent for pastors, too.

Bereavement: Reactions, Consequences, and Care Institute of Medicine. "The book is well organized, well detailed, and well referenced; it is an invaluable sourcebook for researchers and clinicians working in the area of bereavement. For those with limited knowledge about bereavement, this volume provides an excellent introduction to the field and should be of use to students...

Bereavement Support Groups: Breathing Life Into Stories of the Dead Lorraine Hedtke. This book, BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUPS, fills the gap between the challenges to conventional grief psychology and the practice of bereavement counseling. The deceased person has often been left behind in counseling conversations, requiring the bereaved to distance themselves from honoring memories that...

Finding Your Way After Your Spouse Dies Marta Felber. There is nothing you need more than the warm, reassuring voice of one who has traveled this path before. . . and survived after suffering the death of a spouse. In Finding Your Way After Your Spouse Dies, Marta Felber offers just such a voice-caring, hopeful, always pointing ahead to a tomorrow that...

What's Heaven? Maria Shriver. This treasure of a book, for people of all faiths, is a starting point for parents who must talk about the difficult topic of death with their children. What should parents say when a loved one dies? Heaven is a difficult subject that always comes up at tough times, and Maria Shriver has written a very...

The Understanding Your Grief Journal: Exploring the Ten Essential Touchstones Alan D. Wolfelt PhD. This companion workbook to Understanding Your Grief: Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart is designed to help mourners explore the many facets of their unique grief through journalling...

Healing the Adult Child's Grieving Heart: 100 Practical Ideas After Your Parent Dies (Healing Your Grieving Heart series) Alan D. Wolfelt PhD. Offering heartfelt and simple advice, this book provides realistic suggestions and relief for an adult child whose parent has died. Practical advice is presented in a one-topic-per-page format that does not overwhelm with psychological language, but provides small, immediate ways to understand and reconcile...

Grief Is a Journey: Finding Your Path Through Loss Dr. Kenneth J. Doka. In this “volume of rare sensitivity, penetrating understanding, and profound insights” (Rabbi Earl A. Grollman, author of Living When a Loved One Has Died), Dr. Kenneth Doka explores a new, compassionate way to grieve, explaining that grief is not an illness to get over but an individual and ongoing...

Heartbroken: Healing from the Loss of a Spouse (Good Grief Series) (Volume 2) Gary Roe. He was your love. She was your partner. Now your heart is broken. What do you do with all the pain, confusion, and anger? What will life be like? Who are you now? Your heart needs answers. Heartbroken can help...

The Grief Bubble: Helping Kids Explore and Understand Grief Kerry Debay. The Grief Bubble is a special workbook for children ages 6 and older who have experienced the death of someone special. The interactive format invites them to find expression for their thoughts and feelings, encouraging the exploration of their grief...

Grieving Dads: To the Brink and Back Kelly Farley. Grieving Dads: To the Brink and Back is a collection of candid stories from grieving dads that were interviewed over a two year period. The book offers insight from fellow members of, in the haunting words of one dad, “this terrible, terrible club,” which consists of men who have experienced the...

Modern Loss: Candid Conversation About Grief. Beginners Welcome. Rebecca Soffer. Inspired by the website that the New York Times hailed as "redefining mourning," this book is a fresh and irreverent examination into navigating grief and resilience in the age of social media, offering comfort and community for coping with the mess of loss through candid original essays from a variety...

Ambiguous Loss: Learning to Live with Unresolved Grief Pauline Boss. When a loved one dies we mourn our loss. We take comfort in the rituals that mark the passing, and we turn to those around us for support. But what happens when there is no closure, when a family member or a friend who may be still alive is lost to us nonetheless? How, for example, does the mother...

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