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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...

Bereavement Groups and the Role of Social Support: Integrating Theory, Research, and Practice
Bereavement Groups and the Role of Social Support: Integrating Theory, Research, and Practice
William G. Hoy. All too frequently, clinical practice consists of repeating year after year the methods learned in graduate training, occasionally seasoned by a technique learned in a continuing-education workshop. Bereavement Groups and the Role of Social Support gives clinicians what they’ve been missing in other...

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...

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. Now there is a hand to hold. . . Each 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...

Healing the Adult Child's Grieving Heart: 100 Practical Ideas After Your Parent Dies (Healing Your Grieving Heart series)
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...

Bereavement Support Groups: Breathing Life Into Stories of the Dead
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...

Grief Is a Journey: Finding Your Path Through Loss
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...

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...

Healing After Loss: Daily Meditations For Working Through Grief
Healing After Loss: Daily Meditations For Working Through Grief
Martha Whitmore Hickman. For those who have suffered the loss of a loved one, here are strength and thoughtful words to inspire and comfort.

The Other Side of Sadness: What the New Science of Bereavement Tells Us About Life After Loss
The Other Side of Sadness: What the New Science of Bereavement Tells Us About Life After Loss
George A. Bonanno. We tend to understand grief as a predictable five-stage process of denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. But in The Other Side of Sadness, George Bonanno shows that our conventional model discounts our capacity for resilience...

The Understanding Your Grief Support Group Guide: Starting and Leading a Bereavement Support Group
The Understanding Your Grief Support Group Guide: Starting and Leading a Bereavement Support Group
Alan D. Wolfelt PhD. This guide to facilitating support support groups offers bereavement caregivers practical strategies for creating and maintaining a productive environment for mourners.

Bereavement: Personal Experiences and Clinical Reflections
Bereavement: Personal Experiences and Clinical Reflections
. This is a book about death, loss, grief and mourning, but with an unusual twist. It is different in that it explores specific kinds of deaths encountered within families and households, rather than general concepts of mourning...

When a Child Dies from Drugs: Practical Help for Parents in Bereavement
When a Child Dies from Drugs: Practical Help for Parents in Bereavement
Pat Wittberger. "When a Child Dies From Drugs" is written by parents to help other parents who are experiencing the ultimate tragedy of their child's death from drugs or alcohol - parents who find themselves isolated in a fathomless dark void wondering whether they will ever resurface into the real world again...

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...

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...

Understanding Dying, Death, and Bereavement Michael R. Leming. Using a social-psychological approach, this edition remains solidly grounded in theory and research, but places greater emphasis on the individual and coping with death and dying. These two well-known authors and researchers integrate stimulating personal accounts throughout the text, and apply concepts...

Healing a Spouse's Grieving Heart: 100 Practical Ideas After Your Husband or Wife Dies (Healing Your Grieving Heart series) Alan D. Wolfelt PhD. Offers 100 practical, here-and-now suggestions for helping widowers or widows mourn well so they can go on to live well and love well again. Whether your spouse died recently or long ago, you will find comfort and healing in this compassionate book...

Voices of Bereavement: A Casebook for Grief Counselors (Series in Death, Dying, and Bereavement) Joan Beder. Voices of Bereavement presents counselors with specific, sometimes unusual bereavement situations and their subsequent treatment. Joan Beder blends theoretical content with suggestions for intervention, helping the reader appreciate how theory informs practice...

In the Presence of Grief: Helping Family Members Resolve Death, Dying, and Bereavement Issues Dorothy S. Becvar Phd. Illuminating the impact of loss and grief on our psychological and emotional lives, this book provides vital guidance to ease painful transitions and facilitate healing. The author emphasizes that dealing with the death of a loved one involves more than picking up the pieces and moving on: rather, healing...

Death and Bereavement Across Cultures: Second edition . All societies have their own customs and beliefs surrounding death. In the West, traditional ways of mourning are disappearing, and although Western science has had a major impact on how people die, it has taught us little about the way to die or to grieve...

Counselling for Grief and Bereavement (Therapy in Practice) Geraldine M Humphrey. In Counselling for Grief and Bereavement, Second Edition Geraldine Humphrey and David Zimpfer take readers step-by-step through the skills needed to facilitate the process of grief, initiate healing, and promote a sense of growth...

The Bereavement Ministry Program: A Comprehensive Guide for Churches Jan Nelson. The Bereavement Ministry Program helps clergy or lay ministers to minister effectively to those who--for whatever reason--are working their way through the grieving process.

Beyond Tears: Living After Losing a Child, Revised Edition Ellen Mitchell. Meant to comfort and give direction to bereaved parents, Beyond Tears is written by nine mothers who have each lost a child. This revised edition includes a new chapter written from the perspective of surviving siblings...

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 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 Journal and Adult Coloring Book: For Bereavement and Grief Grief Journal. The loss of a loved one can cause seasonal grief. Seasonal grief, or grief that occurs at a period of time or event, can recur for many years following the loss. Grief Work Diaries and Grief Work Journals are a recommended coping tool for exploring the grief cycle and emotions that arise after the...

Handbook of Bereavement Research: Consequences, Coping and Care . New research continues to challenge our assumptions about the fundamental nature and course of grief: its roots in our biology, our emotions, and our social interactions. The Handbook of Bereavement Research provides a broad view of diverse contemporary approaches to bereavement, examining both normal...

Grief Therapy (Elf Self Help) Karen Katafiasz. The death of a loved one has a powerful and significant impact on a person's life. But the surrounding world often expects survivors to move quickly beyond their loss, to "just snap out of it. " A wise and sensitive dissenting voice, "Grief Therapy" demonstrates how the grieving process takes time and...

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