GRIEF RESOURCES - RECOMMENDED READING & RESOURCES
Listed below are books that I recommend for those experiencing grief. Some of these deal with specific issues, age groups and more.
CELEBRATE YOUR SELF, Enhancing Your Self-Esteem
Dorothy Corkille Briggs
Published in 1971, still in print, and remains a favorite personal growth book.
THE COURAGE TO GRIEVE
Creative Living, Recovery & Growth Through Grief
Deals with all aspects of grief and its resolution. Easy to read and very practical.
THE COURAGE TO LAUGH
Humor, Hope and Healing in the Face of Death and Dying
The author shows how to face the grieving process with dignity, compassion and yes, even laughter.
FINDING YOUR WAY AFTER YOUR SPOUSE DIES
The author invites the person in grief to join her for informal conversations about how they might deal with their grief. There are sixty-four short "visits." Guided prayer and scripture references at the end of each chapter add another dimension.
GETTING THROUGH THE NIGHT
Finding Your Way After the Loss of a Loved One
A short book. Contains a deep message that, through God’s strength, we can one day learn to live again in the morning light.
GETTING TO THE OTHER SIDE OF GRIEF
Overcoming the Loss of a Spouse
Susan J. Zonnebelt-Smeenge and Robert C. De Vries
Written from two different perspectives. She is a psychologist, and he is a theologian, both widowed at a relatively young age. They share their stories as living proof that, if worked through properly, grief will lead to a fresh new start.
GRIEVING THE LOSS OF SOMEONE YOU LOVE
Daily Meditations to Help You Through the Grieving Process
Raymond Mitsch and Lynn Brookside
Through a series of seventy daily devotions, this book shares wisdom, insight, and comfort that will help you through and beyond your grief.
HOW TO SURVIVE THE LOSS OF A LOVE
Melba Colgrove and Harold H. Bloomfield and Peter McWilliams
A bestseller. Has ninety-four suggestions for surviving, healing, and growing.
I’M GRIEVING AS FAST AS I CAN
How Young Widows and Widowers Can Cope and Heal
Speaks to the unique needs and challenges of the young widowed.
THE JOURNEY THROUGH GRIEF
Reflections of Healing
Alan D. Wolfelt
This spiritual companion encourages mourners to think with the heart and the soul. It carries an affirming message of faith, hope and healing. It is adaptable for use in a group setting.
LIVING WHEN A LOVED ONE HAS DIED
Earl A. Grollman
Gently, honestly, and with simple compassion, the author says what must be said to help confront death and go on living.
MOURNING & MITAVAH
A guided Journal for Walking the Mourner’s Path Through Grief to Healing
With an emphasis on hope and growth, the mourner is led, in easy to follow steps, through the mourning process. Equally helpful to those outside the Jewish tradition.
ON YOUR OWN
A Widow’s Passage to Emotional & Financial Well-Being
Alexandra Armstrong and Mary R. Donahue
Authors profile four women at ages forty-three, fifty, sixty-two, and seventy-five to examine different life situations and needs. Very practical help is provided.
A PILGRIMAGE THROUGH GRIEF
Healing the Soul’s Heart after Loss
Full-color photography, artistic design, and poetic writing make this book one of the more tasteful grief resources you’ll find anywhere. It is suited for losses of all kinds. To order, see Willowgreen in Mail Order Sources.
SWALLOWED BY A SNAKE
The Gift of the Masculine Side of Healing
Thomas R. Golden
This is an excellent guide for understanding and undertaking the masculine path of healing.
A TIME TO GRIEVE
Meditations for Healing After the Death of a Loved One
This is a collection of truly comforting, down-to-earth thoughts and mediations – including the authentic voices of survivors – for anyone grieving the loss of a loved one. Each page is complete in itself and can be read in order or at random.
WHEN BAD THINGS HAPPEN TO GOOD PEOPLE
Harold S. Kushner
A classic self-help guide, by the respected Rabbi Kushner, explains how to find comfort and strength in the face of tragedy and to understand God’s role in recovery.
WIDOW TO WIDOW
Thoughtful, Practical Ideas for Rebuilding Your Life
A book that explores most challenge after the death of a mate. Includes a section on the special needs of young widowed persons, as well as a survival checklist.
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