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The best bereavement books

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 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.

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...

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...

Grief Interrupted: A Holistic Guide to Reclaiming Your Joy
Grief Interrupted: A Holistic Guide to Reclaiming Your Joy
Corey Stiles. Find your way out of the pain and darkness of grief. - None of us escapes life without experiencing grief in one form or another. But the journey of grieving parents, specifically that of the grieving mother, is something no one can imagine … unless they have lived it...

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...

How To Go On Living When Someone You Love Dies
How To Go On Living When Someone You Love Dies
Therese A. Rando. Mourning the death of a loved one is a process  all of us will go through at one time or another.   But wherever the death is sudden or anticipated,  few of us are prepared for it or for the grief it  brings...

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...

Angel Catcher: A Journal of Loss and Remembrance
Angel Catcher: A Journal of Loss and Remembrance
Kathy Eldon. Over the past decade, this classic work has helped thousands find meaningful ways to overcome the despair of losing a loved one. Now, Angel Catcher has been revised and updated to convey its powerful message of hope to a new audience...

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...

When Your Soul Aches: Hope and Help for Women Who Have Lost Their Husbands
When Your Soul Aches: Hope and Help for Women Who Have Lost Their Husbands
Lois Mowday Rabey. Help and Hope for a Widow's Heart - In the weeks and months following the loss of her husband, a widow may be numb with shock--or feel overwhelmed by a wide range of heartrending, and at times conflicting, emotions...

A Widow's Guide to Healing: Gentle Support and Advice for the First 5 Years
A Widow's Guide to Healing: Gentle Support and Advice for the First 5 Years
Kristin Meekhof. "A very valuable and practical guide for any woman who has lost her husband due to an untimely death. Kristin Meekhof's journey is both inspiring and courageous and something we can all learn from. " ―Dr...

You Said Goodbye Too Soon: A Husband's Journey Through Grief and Loss: One man's attempt at coming to terms with his bereavement
You Said Goodbye Too Soon: A Husband's Journey Through Grief and Loss: One man's attempt at coming to terms with his bereavement
Daniel Carruthers. One fine autumn day, Daniel Carruthers sat down and started writing a letter to his recently-deceased wife. "You Said Goodbye Too Soon: A Journey Through Grief and Loss" is that letter. Daniel describes how he and Abbie met, their years together, growing-up and raising a family...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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.

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...

When Your Grandparent Dies: A Child's Guide to Good Grief (Elf-Help Books for Kids) Victoria Ryan. Explaining what happens from a child's-eye view, the elves depict the difficult days before, after, and beyond a grandparent's death. They explore the meaning of death and heaven, as well as how to stay close in spirit with a grandparent who has died...

A Grace Disguised: How the Soul Grows through Loss Jerry L. Sittser. An expanded edition of this classic book on grief and loss―with a new preface and epilogue Loss came suddenly for Jerry Sittser. In an instant, a tragic car accident claimed three generations of his family: his mother, his wife, and his young daughter...

My Journey through Grief into Grace Kathleen B Duncan. The Accident killed her son and four of his friends. Her life was changed forever that day. Kathleen began to write about her grief. She wrote about her Journey through Grief into Grace. Her posts were honest and raw...

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...

Death, Dying and Bereavement in a Changing World Alan R Kemp. This title takes a comprehensive approach, exploring the physical, social, psychological, and spiritual dimensions of death, dying, and bereavement. Through personal stories from real people, Death, Dying, and Bereavement provides readers with a context for understanding their changing encounters with...

Good Grief: my wilderness journey Carolyn Brackin Orr . Good Grief my wilderness journey So, yeah, I am not a stranger to grief. But I am telling you with absolute certainty, that the pain of losing my parents twenty-three days apart has been the most crushing, humbling, horrific, all consuming hurt I have ever known or experienced...

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...

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...

Help Me Say Goodbye: Activities for Helping Kids Cope When a Special Person Dies Janis Silverman. An art therapy and activity book for children coping with death. Sensitive exercises address all the questions children may have during this emotional and troubling crisis. Children are encouraged to express in pictures what they are often incapable of expressing in words...

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