Grief Recovery Book Review

Helping you cope with loss

For those who have lost a loved one or are trying to help someone cope with a personal loss, sometimes a good book can help a great deal. While a book about grief or bereavement can’t heal the heart in the time it takes to read, it can help to shed some light on the range of emotions that grief can bring long after the funeral.

Even short passages which make the reader think, “Yes, I feel that way,” or “That makes sense,” can help a person dealing with grief to feel a little better. Knowing the stages of grief and being able to identify that what they are experiencing is a “normal” process can provide a measure of comfort to a person struggling with the heartache that a loss can bring.

If you or someone close to you is dealing with a loss, read the following for a simple overview of several popular books about grief and healing.

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On Grief and Grieving: Finding the Meaning of Grief Through the Five Stages of Loss


Elisabeth Kübler-Ross and David Kessler. (Scribner, 2005)

Author Elisabeth Kübler-Ross has penned 16 books on the subject of death and dying. Her first book, On Death and Dying was a groundbreaking look at the end of life. Kübler-Ross’ newest and final book, written only months prior to her own death, makes an equally large impact on the way we view grief and the different elements of the grieving process.

With the help of Kübler-Ross and Kessler, the reader will begin to understand the five stages of grief as these phases are woven together with theory, professional and personal experience and practical advice on coping. Short topical stories and sections on dreams, children, sex and sadness are all included to illustrate these points. Through the phases of denial, anger, bargaining, depression and finally acceptance, the reader will be able to refer to this book in all the phases of their journey to wellness.    [ Order this book ]

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Healing After Loss: Daily Meditations for Working Through Grief


Martha Whitmore Hickman. (Avon Books, 1994)

Martha Whitmore Hickman’sbook, Healing After Loss, offers readers a gentle reference point to help them recognize and work through their grief. Combined with thoughtful words and reflections to help the reader connect to their own experiences, this book is an inspiring, comforting and profoundly heartening read. Straightforward and easy to read, Healing After Loss presents a daily dose of healing and inspiration that those coping with loss in their lives can appreciate and reach for when the need arises.   [ Order this book ]

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When Children Grieve: For Adults to Help Children with Death, Divorce, Pet Loss, Loving and Other Losses


John W. James and Russell Friedman. (HarperCollins, 2001)

For parents and caregivers, nothing is as difficult as witnessing a child struggle through grief alone. From the loss of a parent to the loss of a pet, When Children Grieve aims to help caregivers teach children to understand that grief is a normal part of the process of loss, whether it’s sadness over moving, divorce or the passing of a loved one. For teachers and parents in need of assistance, When Children Grieve offers guidance and effective methods for helping children to deal with loss in healthy ways. The methods and experiences that authors John W. James and Russell Friedman impart in this book will provide caregivers and children with lifelong knowledge and the tools they will need to deal with the grief from all of life’s losses.   [ Order this book ]

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Life is Goodbye, Life is Hello: Grieving Well Through All Kinds of Loss


Alla Renée Bozarth, PhD. (Hazelden, 1994)

A good resource for dealing with different kinds of loss, author Alla Bozarth helps readers to explore their grief through self-assessment and discovery. The book closely examines some common attitudes about grieving, including cultural influences, the struggle to redefine oneself after a loss, how grief feels and what can be done to help the process without denying it. Above all, this affirmative book helps readers to understand that grief is temporary, and that enduring the process can bring positive results and new possibilities.    [ Order this book ]

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Death without Denial, Grief Without Apology: A Guide for Facing Death and Loss


Barbara K. Roberts. (NewSage Press, 2002)

In Death without Denial, Grief without Apology, Barbara Roberts, wife of Oregon Governor Frank Roberts, writes about her personal journey to survive her husband’s death from lung cancer. Harrowing, personal and inspiring, her account illustrates how suffering through grief and loss in silence delays the healing process. Roberts’ Death without Denial, Grief without Apology shows readers how to abandon the silence and isolation and grieve out loud, reach out for support and recover. Personal without being patronizing, Roberts’ account will hearten and inspire readers who are grieving or who are coming to terms with last stages of illness.    [ Order this book ]

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