Grief: 7 Great Books To Help You Handle It

Harry Hoover
Jul 19, 2019 · 2 min read

Death strikes when we least expect it. My 34-year-old daughter, Erin, died September 4, 2018 of a brain stem stroke.

No parent is ever ready to lose a child.

I’ve turned to the Bible for consolation, and it has helped. But, I’ve been looking for additional books to help me handle my grief, books that provide insight from those who have been through the maelstrom.

Below are some I’ve found for my own grief, but also for those who have lost loved ones, including spouses and pets. I hope these bring you some measure of comfort and some ideas to help you move out of the chaos and back into the calm.

Beyond Tears: Living After Losing A Child — The death of a child is unimaginable. Nine mothers share their individual stories of how to survive, and what to expect in the first year and beyond.

I Wasn’t Ready To Say Goodbye: Surviving, Coping and Healing After the Sudden Death of a Loved One — Eight million Americans lose a loved one each year. This book explores unexpected death and how to find your footing if you are one of those who loses a loved on.

A Grief Observed — Christian author C.S. Lewis wrote this upon the untimely death of his wife. It is a nakedly honest observation of how even the most stalwart believers can have doubts, and then regain their footing through faith.

Tuesdays With Morrie — This book is more about living than grief. But its lessons apply. Author Mitch Albom reconnects with his college professor after nearly 20 years. The professor, now dying, teaches the author and us important lessons on how to live.

Things I Wish I Knew Before My Mom Died: Coping with Loss Every Day — Blogger Ty Alexander recalls her relationship with her mother, and offers comfort, reassurance and hope as we grieve.

Healing a Spouse’s Grieving Heart: 100 Practical Ideas After Your Husband or Wife Dies — This books provides practical guidance to the widow or widower who has lost a life partner.

Goodbye, Friend: Healing Wisdom for Anyone Who Has Ever Lost a Pet — Reverend Gary Kowalski wrote this practical and uplifting manual for those who have lost furry companions.

Please let me know if you have found other books or resources that have helped you in the grieving process.

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Harry is a copywriter & the author of Get Glad: Your Practical Guide To A Happier Life, Moving to Charlotte: The Un-Tourist Guide, & Born Creative.

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