Reading to Cope: 5 Helpful Books About Grief and Loss

Monday, August 17, 2020

When a loved one passes, it's difficult to cope. No matter how your friend or relative died, you are left with feelings of loss and so many questions.

Although everyone has lost someone they care about at some point in their lives, few know the right things to say and do to comfort others in a time of grief. 

However, there are many experts in the field of grief, loss, and mourning. These people either study the psychology of grief or have spent a great deal of time thinking about it. Many of them have written books on the subject to help others during times of need. 

The best books about grief and loss can offer some understanding and comfort to people who have recently suffered a loss.

Read on to learn some great suggestions for books in this realm.

1. When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron

Pema Chodron is a Buddhist nun and is the author of many books. Her gentle wisdom is both eye-opening and comforting and will support healing from loss. She believes that by embracing and examining our negative emotions, we can learn to live with them.

2. I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye: Surviving, Coping and Healing the Sudden Death of a Loved One by Brook Noel and Pamela D. Blair, Ph.D.

This book is an in-depth study of grief. It discusses different types of grief and the natural human response to loss. In addition, it provides useful and actionable coping strategies to help those who are suffering the loss of a loved one.

3. Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sanberg and Adam Grant

This New York Times bestseller was written by COO of Facebook Sheryl Sandburg in partnership with Wharton professor and psychologist Adam Grant Ph.D. and was published in 2017. After Sandburg found her husband dead of a sudden heart attack, she struggled with immense grief that turned her life around. This book is a memoir in part, but also an inspirational text on how to work through a tremendous loss.

4. A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis 

Famous author C.S. Lewis lost his wife to cancer. This book tells the tale of his journey through loss and is relatable for anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one. Originally published under a pseudonym to protect his privacy, this book was compiled from four notebooks the author used to cope and vent during his wife's illness and passing.

5. On Grief and Grieving: Finding the Meaning of Grief Through the Five Stages of Loss by Elisabeth Kulber-Ross, M.D. and David Kessler

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, M.D. literally wrote the book on the now world-famous five stages of grief. This is that book. This psychological theory will help readers to more deeply understand what they can expect as they move through the process of grieving.

The Best Books About Grief and Loss Will Help

If you have recently lost a loved one, you know that the path of grief is no easy road. Reading these books can help; they are among the best books about grief and loss out there. Check out one or work your way through all five and remember, you are not alone, and although it may seem unlikely now, you will feel better in time. 

At Schumacher and Benner, we are here for you as you grieve. If you have questions about the funeral and burial process, please give us a call today.

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