Bereavement books and books about grief can be some of the most helpful resources for understanding the grief process. Counselors often encourage those in grief to start reading from other people's grief experiences. However, I also know that during bereavement the mind has a very hard time staying focused.
So my advice is read as you can, not as you can't. Find one or two grief recovery books or personal experience books that fit your style and read it in small portions.
The small portions is one reason I feel my own book Seasons of Solace is helpful bereavement reading. It contains approximately 30 narrative, slice-of-life poems, along with photos from nature that metaphorically speak to the emotion of grief.
Recently a friend told me that he loaned his copy of Seasons of Solace to a woman who had recently lost her husband. When he went back to visit a week later, he asked her if she was finished with the book. She said, "Please let me keep it a little while longer, I page through it every day." So, of course, he gave her the copy to keep.
Top Books about Grief
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A Grief Observed by C. S. Lewis
On Grief and Grieving by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
Getting Back to Life When Grief Won't Heal by Phyllis Kosminsky On Life After Death by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
When People Grieve: Guidance for Grievers and the Friends Who Care by Paula D'Arcy
Life is Goodbye, Life is Hello: Grieving Well through All Kinds of Loss by Alla Renee Bozarth
Grieving: Our Path Back to Peace by James R. White
How to Survive the Loss of a Love by Melba Colgrove, Harold Bloomfield and Peter McWilliams
When a Loved One Dies by Philip Williams
Hiking Through by Paul Stutzman
Asleep In Heaven's Nursery by Tommy Mann Back to Life: Your Personal Guidebook to Grief Recovery is an e-book written by Jennie Wright, RN, GCC. This link will open a new window to her website.
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My Guiding Star!
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Katie the Ladybug: Explaining Emotions of Grief to a Child
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Six Steps for Managing Loss, Terence Curley, Alba House, New York
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A Grace Disguised
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