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Read These Books If You Can't Get through Your Bereavement


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Posted On: Apr 07, 2017

Read These Books If You Can't Get through Your Bereavement

Reading is fundamental, as they say, but it's also one of the easiest ways to help yourself, no matter what you're going through at the time. There are endless books written about death, dying, surviving, and the grieving process, but those clinical, educational, and academic books won't help you. You need personal stories, actual lived experience, and firsthand knowledge to get you through this trying time. We believe these books will help immeasurably.

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

This is a personal story of grief, loss, and fear. The author, who is talented beyond measure and so eloquent that she instantly inspires empathy, not only lost her husband but also watched their daughter get sicker and sicker. If you ever feel like you aren't sure how you'll make it through a loss, especially the loss of a partner, this book can help you to find your center again. It may also help you foster relationships with your in-laws once the link between you disappears.

A Grief Observed by C. S. Lewis

The famed writer of the Chronicles of Narnia knew more than his fair share about death. This book of letters, written after the passing of the author's wife, hits every point with raw, brutal honesty. There's confusion, anger, doubt, and sadness, along with the questioning of faith and the human condition. Lewis explores the painful realization that someone essential to you can simply vanish and leave you alone.

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

This book is a must-read for anyone dealing with anticipatory grief or coming to terms with the impending death of a loved one. Sometimes looking death in the face via someone you love is the hardest thing. You see your loved one hanging on by the thinnest threads, and you can't do anything about it—except keep going, be present, and don't flinch away.

Do you have any other books about grieving or mourning that you'd like to add? Please feel free to share them with us, as well as your fellow readers.