Books & more books


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

The Reverend Richard Coles – The Madness of Grief: A Memoir of Love and Loss (Richard was also one of our retreat guests on the Isle of Bute in February 2022!)

Genevieve Davis Ginsburg – Widow to Widow

Megan Devine – It’s ok that you’re not ok

Joan Didion – The Year of Magical Thinking

Erich Fried – Voruebungen fuer ein Wunder (German)

Bill Guggenheim & Judy Guggenheim – Hello from Heaven

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross – Death: The Final Stage of Growth (and other books by her)

Lama Surya – Das Awakening the Buddhist Heart

C.S. Lewis – A Grief Observed

Helen Macdonald – H is for Hawk

Louise Moir – Irreplaceable: A Journey Through Love, Loss and Healing (the author’s journey leading up to and following the suicide of her husband)

Patrick Ness – A Monster Calls (brilliant book about facing and speaking the truth around terminal illness, especially how a child experiences painful uncertainty and unhappiness)

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

Sheryl Sandberg – Option B

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

More books

I recently asked members of an online grief support group which books they’d found particularly helpful. I haven’t read these myself (yet) but will check them out:

Susan Anderson – The Journey from Abandonment to Healing: Surviving Through and Recovering from the Five Stages That Accompany the Loss of Love

Helen Bailey – When Bad Things Happen in Good Bikinis

Claire Bidwell Smith – After This: When Life Is Over, Where Do We Go?

Regina Brett – God Never Blinks: 50 Lessons for Life’s Little Detours

June Cerza Kolf – When Will I Stop Hurting?: Dealing with a Recent Death

Pema Chodron – When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times

Christopher Cooper – From Hell to Happiness (about coping with your loved one’s terminal illness and death – great resource for younger widowers)

Genevieve Davis Ginsburg – Widow to Widow: Thoughtful, Practical Ideas for Rebuilding Your Life

Joann Filomena – Widowed: Moving Through the Pain of Widowhood to Find Meaning and Purpose in Your Life Again

Lucy Hone, Karen Reivich – Resilient Grieving: Finding Strength and Embracing Life After a Loss That Changes Everything

Stephanie Jose – Progressing through Grief: Guided Exercises to Understand Your Emotions and Recover from Loss

Antoine Leiris – You Will Not Have My Hate

Elizabeth Lesser – Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow

Max Lucado – God Will Carry You Through

Natascha McElhone – After You

Dr. Melvin L. Morse – Closer to the Light: Learning from Near Death Experiences of Children

Brook Noel, Pamela Blair – I Wasn’t Ready to Say Goodbye: Surviving, Coping and Healing After the Sudden Death of a Loved One

Jan J. Owen – Fighting Forward: A Widow’s Journey from Loss to Life

Christina Rasmussen – Second Firsts: Live, Laugh and Love Again

Pat Schwiebert, Chuck DeKlyen – Tear Soup: A Recipe for Healing After Loss

Jerry L. Sittser – A Grace Disguised: How the Soul Grows through Loss

Carol Staudacher – Meditations for Healing After the Death of a Loved One

Catherine Tidd – Confessions of a Mediocre Widow: Or, How I Lost My Husband and My Sanity

Martha Whitmore Hickman – Healing after Loss: Daily Meditations for Working through Grief

Alan D. Wolfelt – Healing a Spouse’s Grieving Heart: 100 Practical Ideas After Your Husband or Wife Dies

Alan D. Wolfelt – Grief One Day at a Time: 365 Meditations to Help You Heal After Loss

Tom Zuba – Permission to Mourn: A New Way to Do Grief

Also check out:

Blogs, talks and videos

Helpful organisations and support websites

Other interesting links

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