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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...

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...

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...

A Decembered Grief: Living with Loss While Others are Celebrating
A Decembered Grief: Living with Loss While Others are Celebrating
Harold Ivan Smith. Vincent van Gogh’s last words resonate with many grievers this holiday season:’La tristesse durea--the sadness will never go away. ’No, it will not go away. But it will change. Grief can be overwhelming, and it is especially intense during the holidays--those weeks that have always been spent...

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...

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 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...

Permission to Mourn: A New Way to Do Grief
Permission to Mourn: A New Way to Do Grief
Tom Zuba. The death of someone we love cracks us open inviting us to become the person we were born to be. This is the book Tom Zuba wishes he had read after his daughter Erin died. And after his wife Trici died...

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...

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...

The Empty Chair: Handling Grief on Holidays and Special Occasions
The Empty Chair: Handling Grief on Holidays and Special Occasions
Susan J. R.N., Ed.D Zonnebelt-Smeenge. Losing a loved one whether a spouse, parent, child, sibling, or friend leaves people feeling overwhelmed and hopeless. Holidays and other special occasions seem to intensify the pain. Whether the occasion is Christmas or Easter, a birthday or anniversary, these celebrations force the bereaved to again...

Beyond Tears: Living After Losing a Child,  Revised Edition
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...

Healing Your Holiday Grief: 100 Practical Ideas for Blending Mourning and Celebration During the Holiday Season (Healing Your Grieving Heart series)
Healing Your Holiday Grief: 100 Practical Ideas for Blending Mourning and Celebration During the Holiday Season (Healing Your Grieving Heart series)
Alan D. Wolfelt PhD. With compassionate insight, this handbook helps those in mourning through what can be the hardest time of year—the holiday season. Mourners will better understand their complex emotions after reading about such topics as honoring thoughts and feelings, creating new traditions, finding ways to de-stress,...

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...

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 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...

When Children Grieve: For Adults to Help Children Deal with Death, Divorce, Pet Loss, Moving, and Other Losses John W. James. To watch a child grieve and not know what to do is a profoundly difficult experience for parents, teachers, and caregivers. Yet, there are guidelines for helping children develop a lifelong, healthy response to loss...

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.

The Grief Club: The Secret to Getting Through All Kinds of Change Melody Beattie. The Grief Club is Melody Beattie's profoundly personal, powerfully healing book to help readers through life's most difficult times. - The Grief Club is Melody Beattie's profoundly personal, powerfully healing book to help readers through life's most difficult times...

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...

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...

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...

The Healing Your Grieving Heart Journal for Teens (Healing Your Grieving Heart series) Alan D. Wolfelt PhD. In light of how difficult it is just to survive the teenage years, the grieving process can be especially difficult and overwhelming for teenagers. This diary affirms the grieving teen's journey and offers gentle, healing guidance...

Healing Your Grieving Heart for Kids: 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...

My Dog Has Died: What Do I Do?: Making Decisions and Healing the Trauma of Pet Loss (Book 2 Pet Bereavement Series) Wendy Van de Poll. Healing Trauma after the Death of a Pet is difficult if you try and do it alone. Start with the supportive tools and compassionate guidance in this book to help you go from grief to gratitude and a forever bond...

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...

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.

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