in , ,

Books About Grief

You can try to go, run, and hide from it, but at some point, in your life, many points, in fact, you are bound to experience grief. Triggered most often than not by the loss of a loved one, grief is a devastatingly powerful emotion.

First you cannot believe what has happened, then you rage against it. Next comes the suffering because there’s nothing that can be done about it. And finally, you accept what happened and moves on.

Not only it is a painful process, but it is one that many people find incredibly difficult to go through. Some are not even capable of moving on for years.

Learning how to properly process grief is a skill that sadly many are lacking these days. Don’t let yourself be one of them, learn how to properly deal with grief by reading these books.

#1 I Will Always Love You by Melissa Lyons

I Will Always Love You by Melissa Lyons
Will Always Love You is a simple, thought provoking and deeply moving story that takes minutes to read and can last a lifetime in your heart. The intention of this book is to bring peace and comfort to those who have lost a loved one or experienced some type of personal loss. It offers hope and a sense of knowing that our loved ones could be somewhere happy and free.

Before buying a copy make sure to compare the price at various outlets:

Book Depository (International)Waterstones (International) Read more reviews and buy the book here

#2 Until We Meet Again by Melissa Lyons

Until We Meet Again by Melissa Lyons
A heartwarming story of loss, unconditional love and hope. Until We Meet Again speaks to pet owners of all ages and deeply and compassionately reflects upon the human – animal bond that underlies each relationship. Warmly illustrated and written from the perspective of a beloved pet who has moved on, readers are guided to feel memories, cry if they wish and then move towards living their life deliberately with joy and love.

Before buying a copy make sure to compare the price at various outlets:

Book Depository (International)Waterstones (International) Read more reviews and buy the book here

#3 Back to Happy by Connie Bowman

Back to Happy by Connie Bowman
Back to Happy is a small guide through nine chapters of practical advice that covers body, mind and spirit. The author, an actress, yoga teacher and podcast host, shares her own experience of losing her first child at the age of six and how she journeyed through grief. In addition, she hosts a podcast, Happy Healthy You! about living a whole life in mind, body and spirit, and a new course on Insight Timer, the meditation app, called The Process of Sacred Grieving. She provides guided meditations, suggested yoga poses and practical strategies for navigating grief and loss.

Before buying a copy make sure to compare the price at various outlets:

Book Depository (International)Waterstones (International) Read more reviews and buy the book here

#4 I’m One of The Lucky Ones By Joseph Alvaro

I’m One of The Lucky Ones By Joseph Alvaro
There is a continuing bond with those we have loved and lost that we should embrace and celebrate. However, in our society there is a natural propensity to avoid any discussion of our lost ones for fear of making those around us uncomfortable. So, we keep our thoughts and remembrances to ourselves.

When his wife passed away, the author turned his attention to raising three teenage children. While discussing with a friend, who had also lost his wife, the process of grief and mourning, they realized that there was not a venue for people to express themselves about those who had died.

Thus was conceived The Lucky Ones, a streaming content platform where people from all walks of life can celebrate that special someone. Through the telling of wonderfully sweet stories filled with love, humor and remembrances, The Lucky Ones brings to life those we’ve lost in five minute video exposés creating a biographical profile of the special bond shared between two people.

I’m One of The Lucky Ones shares the author’s experience of losing his wife and how he answered the question by friends and acquaintances, “How do you do it?” His insight is compelling and provides a unique perspective to what he believes is the last chapter in the healing process; celebrating the lives of those we have lost and the love they gave us. It is a gift we shouldn’t be afraid to share with others.

Before buying a copy make sure to compare the price at various outlets:

Book Depository (International)Waterstones (International) Read more reviews and buy the book here

#5 Bearing Witness: One Mother’s Online Journey of Grief After Suicide

Bearing Witness: One Mother’s Online Journey of Grief After Suicide
A book written based on Facebook posts starting the day after the author found her son dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. This book takes you on a journey through the grieving process as it is happening.

Before buying a copy make sure to compare the price at various outlets:

Book Depository (International)Waterstones (International) Read more reviews and buy the book here

#6 How I Learned To Smile From The Inside by Seth E Santoro

How I Learned To Smile From The Inside by Seth E Santoro
This book is for anyone who has lost their smile, for any reason. It reminds us that you can heal from anything. While the author shares with us 5 harrowing stories and the similar process in which he found himself for each situation, he also shares tips and tricks and the reality of each stage of “grief” or as he refers to it, “healing.” B ready for an incredible journey filled of love, laughter and the mysterious gifts and learnings enveloped in the healing process.

Before buying a copy make sure to compare the price at various outlets:

Book Depository (International)Waterstones (International) Read more reviews and buy the book here

#7 GRIEF: When Will this Pain Ever End?

GRIEF: When Will this Pain Ever End?
Experiencing loss is part of the price of admission to life. Whether it is the loss of a person, a job, a home a debilitating illness or other trauma, everyone will experience losses during their lifetime. The shock and devastation of loss can be overwhelming and can often seem hopeless. GRIEF: When Will This Pain Ever End, provides cutting edge energy psychology tools and processes that help to relieve the pain and agony of grief. The book addresses the physiological aspects of grief that cause us to feel numb and helpless and offers effective methods to shift the blocked energy so that healing can begin.

Before buying a copy make sure to compare the price at various outlets:

Book Depository (International)Waterstones (International) Read more reviews and buy the book here

#8 The Secret Life of Grief: A Memoir by Tanja Pajevic

The Secret Life of Grief: A Memoir by Tanja Pajevic
After her mother’s death, a first-generation Serbian-American woman explores what it means to grieve consciously in a society that barely acknowledges grief. Throughout, she grapples with love, loss and legacy, as well as personal and familial transformation.

Before buying a copy make sure to compare the price at various outlets:

Book Depository (International)Waterstones (International) Read more reviews and buy the book here

#9 Being Mortal, by Dr. Atul Gawande

Being Mortal, by Dr. Atul Gawande
The story of his father’s death but it is told in the context of his work as a physician, learning how the system teaches failure in care for the dying. He’s able to illuminate from an inside view what there is to learn, but more significantly, he’s the first doctor outside the death and dying field to bring light to these issues. Dr. Ira Byock and Dr. Timothy Quill have written extensively and skillfully about death and grief, but they have long been seen as experts within the end-of-life arena. Dr. Gawande speaks from the ‘civilian’ side of the fence, and I think that’s why his book has reached so many people.

Before buying a copy make sure to compare the price at various outlets:

Book Depository (International)Waterstones (International) Read more reviews and buy the book here

#10 When Breath Becomes Air, by Dr. Paul Kalanithi

When Breath Becomes Air, by Dr. Paul Kalanithi
A physician-authored book that I find indispensable when I’m teaching is When Breath Becomes Air, by Dr. Paul Kalanithi. Even if it wasn’t the absolute best name of a book that I’ve ever heard, Dr. Kalanithi’s story is that of his own dying process. While it is written from his perspective as a doctor, it is truly his personal story. He is thoughtful, clear and heartful, and his story is one that you want to hear.

Before buying a copy make sure to compare the price at various outlets:

Book Depository (International)Waterstones (International) Read more reviews and buy the book here

#11 Letters to the Dead Men – Unexpected Revelations

Letters to the Dead Men - Unexpected Revelations
This is not a fact book or a how to get over grief book. It is a story of a young lady who has lost six significant figures in her life that she never got to say goodbye to. Her heartwarming story about the lessons she learned along the way will touch anyone who has ever suffered a loss. Years later she discovers that she is still holding on to regrets and pain. Her letters to these men, long gone will touch you in many ways.

Before buying a copy make sure to compare the price at various outlets:

Book Depository (International)Waterstones (International) Read more reviews and buy the book here

Contributors to this article
Melissa Lyons from Choose to Choose Inc.

Connie Bowman from ConnieBowman

Hillary Herskowitz from N/A

Carla Howatt from How to Be Consulting

Seth Eliot from Iamsetheliot

Annemarie Osborne from Calumet Editions

Tanja from TanjaPajevic

Kim Mooney from Practically Dying, LLC

Stacey Greene from StaceyGreeneCoaching

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Books About Letting Go

Books That Every 20 Year Old Should Read