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5 Grief Books Worth Reading

Published: September 19, 2022

Losing a loved one, whether you knew it was coming or were utterly blindsided by it, is never easy. Grief can feel huge, overwhelming, and very lonely. Just know, you’re not alone.

Grief is a very human experience, and many have taken their pain to paper. We’ve narrowed down hundreds of books to our top 5 that we wanted to share with you. When you’re ready, here are a few books on grief that may provide comfort during a difficult time.

Surviving the Holidays Without You: Navigating Grief During Special Seasons, by Gary Roe

The holidays are meant for family, and for those who have recently lost a loved one, it can be excruciating. Best-selling author and grief specialist Gary Roe uses his experience to address the specific issues grievers face during the holidays; the memories of family, feeling misunderstood, lonely, and isolated, dealing with powerful expectations from others, and more.

How To Go On Living When Someone You Love Dies, by Therese A. Rando

Losing someone is inevitable, but that doesn’t make it easy. This comprehensive guide gives advice and steps to dealing with the grief of losing someone, whether it was sudden or expected. How to Go On Living teaches practical skills to those who have lost someone, like how to care for themselves, address their grief, and planning funeral arrangements.

It’s OK That You’re Not OK: Meeting Grief and Loss in a Culture That Doesn’t Understand, by Megan Devine

“Grief is simply love in its most wild and painful form,” says Megan Devine. “It is a natural and sane response to loss.” Too often, the journey of grief can focus too much on overcoming it, but that’s not why Devine wrote this book. She debunks the idea of returning to a “normal life” and instead encourages a life alongside grief. Through essays, personal anecdotes, and practical advice, this book is about shifting grief away from a problem to be solved to a natural response to be experienced.

Grieving: A Beginners Guide” By Jerusha Hull McCormack

When the author’s husband died, she was the only widow she knew. She had “lost” her husband, but where was the map to get…un-lost? She couldn’t find it, so she wrote this guide for anyone who was mourning. She dismisses clichés like “be strong” and “stay busy,” and gently makes a strong case for expressed grief as the most potentially transformative experience of our young lives.

“I’m Grieving as Fast as I Can” By Linda Feinberg

This guide was written by a grief therapist who counseled thousands of people and led support groups for the young and the widowed. Packaged in chapters with titles like “6 Kinds of Guilt,” “Returning to Work” and “Suicidal Feelings,” Feinberg uses quotes from young widows and widowers to confront timely topics.

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