MY TOP BOOKS ON GRIEF AND LOSS
In the dark hours and days/weeks after someone dies we often lay in the literal dark not able to shut off our minds, only wanting to sleep so the pain is not so physical; literal, as it is mental in those early days. Consumed with anguish, grief and loss. We search endlessly for books, articles, websites to help us understand what we are feeling, to know we are not alone, to help up cope. I have read many, many books on grief in the 5 short years since my daughters death, the ones that helped me cope were actually the fictional stories of parents suffering though a tragedy, in a very morbid way I was comforted. But I also read many books written specifically to help the bereaved and as I, 5 years ago would have loved to have stumbled upon a list of grief books, I didn’t, so I will share the top that helped me then and the ones I have read more recently to this day, when my daughter should be 5.5 years old.
#1 – “no death, no fear” , (2002) by Thich Nhat Hanh
#2 – “A Grief Observed”, (1961) by C.S. Lewis
#3 – “Healing After Loss: Daily Meditations for Working Through Grief”, (1994)by Martha Whitmore Hickman
#4 – “The Bereaved Parent”, (1977) by Harriett S. Schiff
#5 – “No Time To Say Goodbye: Surviving the Suicide of a Loved One”, (1996) by Carla Fine.
#6 – “The Trauma of Everyday Life”, (2013) by Mark Epstein
#7 – “Wave”, (2013) by Sonali Deraniyagala
#8 – “Option B”, (2017) by Sheryl Sandberg
#9 – “A Gift of Hope” (2012) & “His bright Light: The story of Nick Traina” (1998) by Danielle Steele
#10 – “Her”, (2013) by Christa Parravani
#11 – “A Wind from the East” , (2016) by Wendy Dartnall
Thanks for reading,