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The best bereavement books

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...

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...

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...

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 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...

Getting to the Other Side of Grief: Overcoming the Loss of a Spouse
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.

Grief and Loss Across the Lifespan, Second Edition: A Biopsychosocial Perspective
Grief and Loss Across the Lifespan, Second Edition: A Biopsychosocial Perspective
Judith L. M. McCoyd PhD LCSW QCSW. This unique text for undergraduate and master's-level social work and counseling courses on loss, grief, and bereavement is distinguished by its biopsychosocial perspective and developmental framework...

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...

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...

Finding Your Way After Your Spouse Dies
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...

Creative Interventions for Bereaved Children Liana Lowenstein. When children enter therapy because they have experienced the death of a family member or close friend, they are at a very vulnerable time in their lives. They are often anxious about the therapeutic process and reluctant to talk directly about painful feelings...

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...

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 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...

Water Bugs and Dragonflies: Explaining Death to Young Children, A Coloring Book Doris Stickney. The Pilgrim Press introduces its perennial bestseller "Water Bugs and Dragonflies: Explaining Death to Young Children" by Doris Stickney in coloring book format.

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...

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...

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...

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...

The Caregiving Wife's Handbook: Caring for Your Seriously Ill Husband, Caring for Yourself Diana B. Denholm. A month after proposing marriage, Diana Denholm's husband was diagnosed with colon cancer and later congestive heart failure. Following a heart transplant several of her husband's body systems began failing forcing Diana to become his primary caregiver for more than a decade...

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...

Winter Grief Summer Grace (Willowgreen Series) James E. Miller. James Miller has written this book for those who are in the passage of grief. It is replete with poetry, reflection, and color photographs of nature scenes that communicate peace and quiet assurance. The promise is that God walks alongside the stricken...

Things I Wish I Knew Before My Mom Died: Coping with Loss Every Day Ty Alexander. #1 Amazon Best Seller Coping With Loss - The grieving process: Ty Alexander of Gorgeous in Grey is one of the top bloggers today. She has a tremendous personal connection with her readers. This is never more apparent than when she speaks about her mother...

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...

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