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Losing a loved one is one of the most painful things a human can experience. Although moving through grief seems impossible at times, there are resources that can help. Whether you’ve suffered a loss recently or a while ago, or you know someone dealing with a death, these ten books are here to offer some support.
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Bearing the Unbearable by Joanne Cacciatore, PhD
The pain that comes from losing a loved one can be so insufferable that it’s hard to breathe. When the death is sudden or traumatic, that hurt can be magnified to a point where it becomes hard to function through day-to-day life. The journey through grief is not linear, and often those offering support don’t know how to provide it in a way that promotes proper healing. For people who have not experienced profound loss, it can be challenging to understand the time it takes to work through it. This book offers relatable stories and overwhelming support for grieving while providing a step-by-step healing path.
Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
Everyone has that one particular person in their life who changed their world. Whether it’s a family member, teacher, or friend, there’s always an individual who has a profound effect on shaping your life. For Mitch Albom, it was his college professor Morrie Schwartz. After graduation and through the years, they lost touch, but Mitch always thought about him. Mitch was able to reconnect with him during the last few months of his life, and every Tuesday, the two would meet, and Morrie would share meaningful lessons with him that shaped his view on both life and death.
It’s OK That You’re Not OK by Megan Devine
Therapist Megan Devine wants you to know that grief is perfectly normal and a form of love, despite society’s need to treat it as something that needs to be dealt with and put away. Having experienced loss herself and counseling others who have gone through the process, Megan can relate and wants to share advice for starting the healing process. Instead of searching for a new normal, she suggests finding a happy medium. Expecting things to go back to the way they were will only cause disappointment; instead, she offers tips on showing yourself some much-needed grace.
Grief Day By Day by Jan Warner
Grief looks different every single day. It’s full of complexity and can show up as sadness, anger, or even resentment. Working through these stages can be challenging, and this book will allow the reader to explore the range of emotions with exercises and quotes. Broken up into weekly themes, this workbook-style guide will allow you to explore what it means when you feel lonely or exhausted and how to find hope and appreciate all of the things you are feeling. With the right coping skills, you can learn to live a full life with grief without letting it put a dark cloud on every single day.
Grieving the Loss of a Love by Eleora Han PhD
Losing a loved one, whether through death, divorce or anything in between, can be one of the most painful experiences a human can go through. A main reason that it can be so hard to deal with is the lack of control. Feeling helpless and not having a solution can cause a sense of desperation and hopelessness. Finding comfort in a crisis is critical, and Eleora Han will guide you through this how-to process with her thought-provoking book. She offers insight into channeling grief into a life-changing experience that can help you learn to heal and love fuller.
Your Grief, Your Way by Shelby Forsythia
Grief shows up differently for each person. This book explores what grief can look like for different individuals and provides a way to navigate through it at your pace. Just like grief doesn’t run in a straight line, neither does the healing process. You can read through these pages cover to cover or select a few at a time to receive random quotes and inspiration. With daily messages and snippets of support, it’s packed full of meaningful messages to help you build emotional strength. Your Grief, Your Way takes a gentle approach to handle grief head-on while taking it one step at a time.
Me after You by Gigi Veasey
People are often afraid to talk about their grief, while others are scared to ask about it. In a world where we experience death every day, it still very much remains a taboo topic. When we hold back about our feelings of heartbreak and loss, it can lead to misunderstandings and pent-up frustrations. This book allows the reader to explore the feelings that accompany grief and face them head-on. There is no one size fits all approach, but exploring your emotions around loss is an excellent starting point to begin the healing process.
The Sudden Loss Survival Guide by Chelsea Hanson
After the sudden loss of her mom, Chelsea Hanson wasn’t sure where to go for support. Feeling lost and overwhelmed, she decided to create a path to help others along their way to healing while suffering through overwhelming grief. This guide takes a practical approach to lead your own journey through the trials and tribulations that one experiences while mourning the loss of a loved one. With a pragmatic approach and simple exercises, this book can help facilitate the recovery process while providing tools to help deal with the barrage of emotions that come up while doing the work.
The AfterGrief by Hope Edelman
We live in a world where many people say insensitive things without realizing it. As humans, we are taught to be thick-skinned and not let others affect us. The reality is that this is extremely hard to do, especially when someone is making a comment about another’s grieving process. There is no timeline for when the mourning period is over; for most individuals, it becomes part of their identity. This is an excellent book for anyone who has lost a loved one, and it’s especially beneficial for those who may have experienced the loss a long time ago.
Moving Through Grief by Gretchen Kubacky PsyD
Loss is challenging on many levels. While it’s easy to get stuck in a cycle of sorrow, it’s not impossible to move through it. This book utilizes the ACT approach, which encompasses coping mechanisms that include acceptance and commitment therapy. It encourages you to embrace all the parts of the process, even the painful pieces, so that you can fully understand what you’re going through. It teaches you that you can experience heartache and joy simultaneously and how to best manage all of those emotions so that they can work together and create healing.
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