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Best Grief Books: The Ultimate List

Here is a list of the best Grief books, some I have read myself, some that I did research on, and all have great reviews!

1. It’s OK That You’re Not OK: Meeting Grief and Loss in a Culture That Doesn’t Understand (2017)

Best Grief Books: The Ultimate ListWhen a painful loss or life-shattering event upends your world, here is the first thing to know: there is nothing wrong with grief. “Grief is simply love in its most wild and painful form,” says Megan Devine. “It is a natural and sane response to loss.” So, why does our culture treat grief like a disease to be cured as quickly as possible? In It’s OK That You’re Not OK, Megan Devine offers a profound new approach to both the experience of grief and the way we try to help others who have endured tragedy. Having experienced grief from both sides―as both a therapist…
Author(s): Megan Devine, Mark Nepo

2. Healing After Loss: Daily Meditations For Working Through Grief (1994)

Best Grief Books: The Ultimate ListThe classic guide for dealing with grief and lossFor those who have suffered the loss of a loved one, here are thoughtful words to strengthen, inspire and comfort….
Author(s): Martha Whitmore Hickman

3. The Grief Recovery Handbook, 20th Anniversary Expanded Edition: The Action Program for Moving Beyond Death, Divorce, and Other Losses including Health, Career, and Faith (2017)

Best Grief Books: The Ultimate ListNewly updated and expanded to commemorate its twentieth anniversary—this classic resource helps people complete the grieving process and move toward recovery and happiness. Incomplete recovery from grief can have a lifelong negative effect on the capacity for happiness. Drawing from their own histories as well as from others’, the authors illustrate how it is possible to recover from grief and regain energy and spontaneity. Based on a proven program, The Grief Recovery Handbook offers grievers the specific actions needed to move beyond loss. New material in this edition includes guidance for…
Author(s): John W. James, Russell Friedman

4. A Grief Observed (2015)

Best Grief Books: The Ultimate ListWritten after his wife’s tragic death as a way of surviving the “mad midnight moment,” A Grief Observed is C.S. Lewis’s honest reflection on the fundamental issues of life, death, and faith in the midst of loss. This work contains his concise, genuine reflections on that period: “Nothing will shake a man — or at any rate a man like me — out of his merely verbal thinking and his merely notional beliefs. He has to be knocked silly before he comes to his senses. Only torture will bring out the truth. Only under torture does he discover it himself.” This is a beautiful and unflinchingly honest record of how even a…
Author(s): C. S. Lewis, Madeleine L’Engle

5. Bearing the Unbearable: Love, Loss, and the Heartbreaking Path of Grief (2017)

Best Grief Books: The Ultimate ListForeword INDIES Award-Winner — Gold Medal for Self-Help When a loved one dies, the pain of loss can feel unbearable—especially in the case of a traumatizing death that leaves us shouting, “NO!” with every fiber of our body. The process of grieving can feel wild and nonlinear—and often lasts for much longer than other people, the nonbereaved, tell us it should. Organized into fifty-two short chapters, Bearing the Unbearable is a companion for life’s most difficult times, revealing how grief can open our hearts to connection, compassion, and the very essence of…
Author(s): Joanne Cacciatore, Jeffrey Rubin

6. Grief Day By Day: Simple Practices and Daily Guidance for Living with Loss (2018)

Best Grief Books: The Ultimate ListGrief Day by Day offers supportive readings and exercises to help you move through life after loss, one day at a time.Grief is complex. It is ever changing and may come to us differently on any given day. Grief Day by Day offers reflections and practices that address the day-to-day feelings that accompany the ever changing process of grief.In Grief Day by Day, Jan Warner draws on her own extensive experience and the experiences of the 2 million followers on her Grief Speaks Out Facebook page to offer hope in its most practical form. This book does not look to offer a solution to grief. Rather, it provides supportive, useful…
Author(s): Jan Warner, Amanda Bearse

7. On Grief and Grieving: Finding the Meaning of Grief Through the Five Stages of Loss (2014)

Best Grief Books: The Ultimate ListTen years after the death of Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, this commemorative edition of her final book combines practical wisdom, case studies, and the authors’ own experiences and spiritual insight to explain how the process of grieving helps us live with loss. Includes a new introduction and resources section.Elisabeth Kübler-Ross’s On Death and Dying changed the way we talk about the end of life. Before her own death in 2004, she and David Kessler completed On Grief and Grieving, which looks at the way we experience the process of grief. Just as On Death and Dying taught us the five stages of…
Author(s): Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, David Kessler , et al.

8. I Wasn’t Ready to Say Goodbye: Surviving, Coping and Healing After the Sudden Death of a Loved One (2008)

Best Grief Books: The Ultimate ListThe grief books that just “gets it”.Each year about eight million Americans suffer the unexpected death of a loved one. For those who face the challenges of sudden death, the classic guide I Wasn’t Ready to Say Goodbye offers a comforting hand to hold, written by two authors who have experienced it firsthand.Acting as a touchstone of sanity through difficult times, this book covers such difficult topics as: Featured on ABC World News, Fox and Friends and many other shows, this book has offered solace to over eight thousand people, ranging from seniors to teenagers and from the newly bereaved those who lost a loved one years…
Author(s): Brook Noel, Blair PhD, Pamela

9. Through a Season of Grief: Devotions for Your Journey from Mourning to Joy (2004)

Best Grief Books: The Ultimate ListIf you’ve lost a spouse, child, family member, or friend, you’ve discovered that few people understand the deep hurt you feel.Where do you turn for daily comfort and help? Where do you find the tools to move forward? Through a Season of Grief is the first 365-day devotional designed to support and uplift you in the first, most difficult year of bereavement.These devotions offer biblical comfort and practical teaching that will enable you to take steps forward each day toward healing. You will better understand the grieving process and will receive needed encouragement along the way.More than thirty…
Author(s): Bill Dunn, Kathy Leonard

10. Understanding Your Grief: Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart (2004)

Best Grief Books: The Ultimate List“Explaining the important difference between grief and mourning, this book explores every mourner’s need to acknowledge death and embrace the pain of loss. Also explored are the many factors that make each person’s grief unique and the many normal thoughts and feelings mourners might have. Questions of spirituality and religion are addressed as well. The rights of mourners to be compassionate with themselves, to lean on others for help, and to trust in their ability to heal are upheld. Journaling sections encourage mourners to articulate their unique thoughts and feelings. “…
Author(s): Alan D. Wolfelt

Discover the best Death & Grief in Best Sellers. Find the top 100 most popular items in Amazon Books Best Sellers. 6 Grief Books That Actually Helped After my husband died, people gave me a lot of books about loss. Most didn’t speak to me. These did. Grief: Grief Recovery Handbook, 5 Stages of Grief, Grief and Loss, Grief Bereavement, Grief Books, How To Move On After Losing A Loved One (Loss, Handbook, Grief, Coping with Loss,) (English Edition) Kindle Ausgabe Best Books About Grief and Grieving Score A book’s total score is based on multiple factors, including the number of people who have voted for it and how highly those voters ranked the book.

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some grief books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

My Cat Is Dying: What Do I Do?: Navigating Emotions, Decisions, and Options for Healing

Author(s): Wendy Van de Poll
Publisher: Center For Pet Loss Grief, LLC, Year: 31 Jul 2016, Size: 275 Kb, Download: epub
ID: 2380772

Bearing the Unbearable: Love, Loss, and the Heartbreaking Path of Grief

Author(s): Joanne Cacciatore
Publisher: Wisdom Publications, Year: 27 Jun 2017, Size: 2 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2387516

My Cat Has Died: What Do I Do?: Making Decisions and Healing The Trauma of Pet Loss

Author(s): Wendy Van de Poll
Publisher: Center For Pet Loss Grief, LLC, Year: 27 Aug 2016, Size: 296 Kb, Download: epub
ID: 2380771

The Public and Private Management of Grief: Recovering Normal

Author(s): Caroline Pearce
Publisher: Springer International Publishing; Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2019, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2408167

Loss and grief recovery: help caring for children with disabilities, chronic, or terminal illness

Author(s): Ashton, Dennis; Ashton, Joyce
Publisher: Routledge;CRC, Year: 2019, Size: 28 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2415942

Clinical Handbook of Bereavement and Grief Reactions

Author(s): Eric Bui (eds.)
Publisher: Humana Press, Year: 2018, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2179380

The Psychology of Grief

Author(s): Richard Gross
Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2018, Size: 164 Kb, Download: epub
ID: 2209972

The Mobius Strip Club of Grief

Author(s): Bianca Stone
Publisher: Tin House Books, Year: 2018, Size: 1011 Kb, Download: epub
ID: 2274617

Everyday Madness On Grief, Anger, Loss and Love

Author(s): Jan Warner, Amanda Bearse
Publisher: Althea Press, Year: 2018, Size: 2 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2303318

Please note that this booklist is not final. Some books are really hot items according to Chicago Tribune, others are drafted by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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