Grief is the intense sorrow and sadness that one feels due to the loss of a loved one ,either through death or even breakup. Everyone deals with grief in a different way but not everyone deals with it in a healthy way. Grief is supposed to be dealt with in a way that it does not come back to haunt or make you miserable in the future.
The first step in dealing with grief is acceptance that you have lost and acknowledge the time that you spent together, after acceptance people choose different ways to deal with it and below are some of the books that can help you deal with grief the right way.
1. It’s OK That You’re Not OK (Meeting Grief and Loss in a Culture That Doesn’t Understand) by Megan Devine
This is a great book on how to deal with grief because it assures you that grieving is not a disease, but a natural way to respond to a loss and it should not be treated like a disease or a problem to be solved. it also offers guidance to the person grieving and even the people around a person who has experienced a loss and ways on how to support them as much as possible and guide them into feeling better about their loss. The writer of this book relates well to dealing with grief as a therapist and having gone through grief when she witnessed the drowning of a loved one. The book offers a healthier middle path that encourages one to build a life while dealing with grief at the same time rather than trying to overcome it.
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2. I Wasn’t Ready to Say Goodbye: Surviving, Coping and Healing After the Sudden Death of a Loved One by Brook Noel
This book offers guidance through the grieving process in so many ways since it covers a lot of topics to do with grief such as the, physical and emotional effects, how to deal with special days such as birthdays, holidays and anniversaries of the one that was lost . It helps people of all ages in dealing with grief and even shades light on what really happens as one goes through the pain of losing a loved one and even be able to rebuild their lives. This book not only explains the grieving process but also takes you by the hand and leads you to surviving, coping and eventually healing and even guides you in personal growth.
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3. Getting Past Your Breakup: How to Turn a Devastating Loss into the Best Thing That Ever Happened to You by Susan J.Elliot JD
Many people always believe that grief only comes with the death of a loved but one can also experience sorrow and sadness after a break up and that qualifies to be considered grief. People normally have a very hard time getting over a break up, the loss of someone leaves one mentally and emotionally broken .This book gives a plan on how to deal with it and even offers practical strategies for healing, getting your confidence back and eventually finding true love. The challenges that come with break include getting over the patterns developed while one was in a relationship and this book offers different ways to do that and even make yourself better while dealing with grief.
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4. Grieving the Loss of Someone You Love: Daily Meditations To Help You Through The Grieving Process by Raymond R. Mitsch and Lynn Brookside
This book tries to shed some light on grief and what goes on in the grieving process by helping you endure the uncertainty and anguish that comes with the pain of losing a loved one ,which is a journey that is life changing. It offers daily wisdom and comfort that will help you get through and even beyond grief. it also focuses on different ways to deal with some emotions that accompany the grieving process such as guilt, anger, fear and even depression. This book has some sense of religion and spirituality and it therefore gives you a chance to talk to God about your loss.
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5. Bearing the Unbearable (Love, Loss, and the Heartbreaking Path of Grief by Joanne Cacciatore
The process of grieving usually feels wild and opens our hearts to compassion, connection and the essence of our shared humanity. The author of this book tries to offer guidance through the heartbreaking part of love, loss and grief through some moving stories she has experienced by supporting individuals, families and communities and even her personal experience on loss. she offers a platform in which one can process, integrate and even honor their grief. Another advantage of this is that it not only helps the bereaved, it also offers guidance to the people around them such as counselors, the clergy, therapists and even social workers.
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6. Grief Day By Day: Simple Practices and Daily Guidance for Living with Loss by Jan Warner and Amanda Bearse
Grief Day By Day is a book that offers support readings and exercises that help you move through loss, one day at a time since grief presents itself differently on every given day. It also offers practices and experiences that one can relate to on a daily basis during the grieving process and even make one have some peace and gratitude despite the loss. This book also addresses the various challenges experienced by those dealing with grief such as loneliness, grief attacks and exhaustion, and even gives ways to deal with such challenges by focusing on great things of life such as love, gratitude, creating meaning, hope and strength.
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7. Progressing Through Grief – by Stephanie Jose and Cécile Rêve
This book illustrates how grief varies from one individual to the other and how it is unique from another person’s, it also tries to shed some light on the various questions that one asks themselves when they are going through grief . The author explains how everyone’s reaction is different whenever they experience a loss and how the feelings are confusing to cope with .She even provides practical methods for coping with the feelings and also the difficult emotions that can persist over time as you move through your grief and towards healing. The book focuses on three main factors of grief which include; understanding the importance of grief and how it affects your body, identifying complicated feelings and learning skills for coping with them and lastly, practicing self-care through relaxation techniques, nutrition tips and meditation practices.
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8. The Grief Recovery Handbook, 20th Anniversary Expanded Edition
This book explores the effects of grief, and offers guidance on how to complete the grieving process and work towards recovery and happiness. According to the authors from their experiences ,incomplete grief can have some negative effects on someone and even limit them from complete happiness and eventually ends up being an underlying issue in one’s life since the grief is unresolved. This book also offers guidance to those grieving and have lost faith, careers, health, having financial issues and even people who grew up in alcoholic or dysfunctional homes.
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9. Understanding Your Grief: Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart by Alan D. Wolfelt
As the book’s title suggests, this book gives one a chance to understand their grief, this is because grief varies for everyone , each individual reacts , feels and even processes loss differently. It also encourages the grieving to embrace the pain of loss and even acknowledge death. The book also provides the difference between mourning and grieving so that one is able to under whether they are mourning or grieving and how to deal with either of them.
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10. Moving Through Grief: Proven Techniques for Finding Your Way After Any Loss Paperback by Gretchen Kubacky
This book provides those grieving with simple and effective techniques to start living a fulfilling life after experiencing a loss. It teaches them to embrace all aspects of the grieving process which include the painful parts and committing to activities that will improve them and help them experience joy and satisfaction when they are going through loss. The book also offers advice on how to make real progress towards healing, by engaging in exercises such as identifying your values and setting realistic goals.
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In conclusion from the books above, the grieving process is very complicated and unique for everyone. In order to heal completely after a loss, one should deal with grief the right way. This is done by dealing with it and not trying to block it or ignore it, feel the pain and experience all the challenges that come with it and learn the different ways that you can manage them and keep living your life at the same time.
When grieving, one should engage in activities that bring them happiness and even feel grateful despite their loss. The books above highlight different activities and simple techniques that can help one deal with grief the right way, the books offer guidance, comfort and even company, it assures one that grieving is okay.