Links & Resources


We read to know we are not alone. {C. S. Lewis}

Below is a list of books and resources I’ve come across so far on this journey – not all of them about grief. Some books were more important to me, others less so. You may recognise many of them and possibly discover new ones  which could be helpful. Sometimes it was just one sentence or a few pages that I ended up reading at just the right moment when I needed to read them. An example is a passage in Neale Donald Walsh’s Home with God. I found the book fairly patronising overall and didn’t like it that much, but those particular pages (from 26% in the Kindle version) were exactly what I needed to hear when I was lying awake at 3am one night.


Dr Eben Alexander Proof of Heaven

Julian Barnes Levels of Life

Brené Brown Daring Greatly

Brené Brown Rising Strong

Theresa Cheung The Afterlife is Real

Joan Didion The Year of Magical Thinking

Erich Fried Voruebungen fuer ein Wunder (German)

Bill Guggenheim & Judy Guggenheim Hello from Heaven

Lama Surya Das Awakening the Buddhist Heart

C.S. Lewis A Grief Observed

Helen Macdonald H is for Hawk

Lindsay Nicholson Living on the Seabed

Mary Oliver New and Selected Poems, Volumes One & Two

Bob Olson Answers about the Afterlife

Max Porter Grief is the Thing with Feathers

Christopher Rush To Travel Hopefully

Julia Samuel Grief Works – Stories of Life, Death and Surviving

Heather Stang Mindfulness & Grief

John Strelecky Das Café am Rande der Welt (German)

Neale Donald Walsh Home with God

Jon Kabat-Zinn Wherever You Go, There You Are – Mindfulness Meditation for Everyday Life

(Various) Staying Alive – real poems for unreal times

Talks and videos

My favourite TED talk: Brené Brown The Power of Vulnerability

Yoga~Nu~U: website of my fabulous yoga teacher Lindsey Porter…check out her YED talks (Yoga Every Day)…one of them features Fire & Rain, by the way

Huge library of yoga videos for all moods and situations: Yoga with Adriene

Interesting TED talk when you question everything: Adam Leipzig How to find your life purpose in 5 minutes  (simples ;))

And another one I love! Caroline McHugh The Art of being yourself

Helpful organisations & websites

WAY Widowed & Young: a lifeline for many

The Good Grief Trust: new bereavement charity founded in September 2016

The Loss Foundation: The Warriors of Compassion of the Loss Foundation provide support to people who have lost loved ones to cancer; spouses, family members, friends. They have a website with helpful resources and offer in-person support in London and Oxford in the form of bereavement support groups and other supportive social events.

Cruse Bereavement Care offer support to people who have experienced the loss of someone close – in Scotland:, in England, Wales and Northern Ireland: (they have very long waiting lists though!)

Aspetos – German language bereavement support network and portal. Offers useful resources and an online forum

Other resources

Mindfullybeing – mindfulness training and resources by Dr Avinash Bansode, who also leads on the mindfulness programme for some Fire & Rain Soul Spas  (also see co-hosts)

The Free Mindfulness Project – contains downloadable guided meditations (free)

Mental Health Foundation and mindfulness

Other interesting links

Ute’s other business – Wild at Art Ltd organise art and photography holidays in Scotland

About the Isle of Arran

About the Isle of Mull

Very inspiring magazine about different life topics (German). Fire & Rain was featured under Leben & Sterben

Website for and about courageous women who dare (German) – check out my Lemonista-Talk

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