BOOK Recommendations - Dealing with grief
(General bereavement)

Leaving the Life: A true story of love, loss and gratitude, by Patrick McKenna Lynch Smith will leave you grateful for what you do have, and for what you do not have. There is a surprise happy ending that not even the author saw coming. It offers hope.

Especially well-suited for caregivers, and widows or widowers. Anyone who has loved and lost will be able to relate. Those who lost a spouse suddenly will be especially affected. They will look at their own loss in a completely different light.

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Widow To Widow: Thoughtful, Practical Ideas For Rebuilding Your Life. The BEST in my opinion. written, chocked full of true info. One widow told me she didn't care for this book, but I found it was very relevant. Written by a Gestalt psychotherapist who lost her brother suddenly at an early age. Useful discussions about phases, accepting reality, acknowledging feelings and finishing grief work. Informative, if somewhat academic I'm Grieving as Fast as I can - Helpful to many
  A guide to help men (and caregivers) understand issues unique to men's grief. Bestseller discussing how we change as we experience inevitable losses. Better to read as we begin to heal. A positive book for finding hope after the loss of a loved one, includes info on starting a support group
A small book with healing quotes and illustrations that can be used to explore and record For dealing with sudden death. Helpful - makes you realize you aren't crazy or "way off base" with your feelings. For immediately after loss to help through the first days/weeks   Daily meditations. Some are better than others.
  A somewhat academic book that explores individual experiences. Focus on active grieving, respect, and relearning ourselves. a gift book of encouraging quotes Messages to help those who have lost a loved one, by Dan Zadra and Marcia Woodard.


  • Links and Resources
  • I Have No Intentions of Saying Good-Bye by Sandy Fox
  • When There Are No Words by Charlie Walton
  • The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren
  • Healing After Loss Martha Whitmore Hickman
  • Chicken Soup for the Grieving Soul by Jack Canfield & Mark Hansen
  • When Bad things Happen to Good People by Harold S. Kushner
  • The Worst Loss - How Families Heal from the Death of a Child by Barbara D. Rosof
  • Forever Ours by Janis Amatuzio
  • Get Over it! by Audrey Stringer
  • ''A Time to Grieve… A Time to Heal'' by Dr. Criswell Freeman, which offers a collection of meaningful quotations and advice from grief counselors, spiritual leaders, and great thinkers
  • ''Quiet Moments'' Grief Journal which may help them to begin to heal by expressing their thoughts and feelings on paper
  • Serenity for the Soul" book offers words of comfort with a 101 thoughts on serenity and peace.
  • The Grieving Tree - A Personal Guide to the Grief Process workbook
  • Caring for Yourself CD
  • Words of Comfort - When You Loose A Loved One. Book of sympathetic quotations to provide comfort during difficult times.
  • Chicken Soup for the Grieving Soul - book with inspirational stories to provide comfort
  • Peace be with you -
  • Serenity for the Soul - an easel book of 101 thoughts on serenity and peace
  • Remembering with Love - messages of hope by Dr. Elizabeth Levang and Sherokee Isle

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