Books I Read While Grieving

Books were instrumental while grieving the loss of my mom. I looked to them for some peace, laughter, connection and ideas how to heal losing someone I loved so very much. My heart ached for answers and books provided what I was seeking.

I dedicated a chapter in my book to “books.” Chapter 4 is called “Book It, Baby,” as they made me feel not so alone during the most difficult time in my life. They gave me hope that I could get through my grief. It wasn’t going to be easy and it would take the time it was going to take. My timetable and journey was my own and I felt validated to pursue what made me feel good.

Books were the match that ignited the fire in me to write my own book. I was drawn to share my story as it gave me a way to express my lessons of healing while offering what I learned to others. Books are gifts that keep on giving. So keep sharing the love as they say!

You may notice all of these are nonfiction. I did read fiction while grieving, but this list of books seemed to rise above the rest when it came to what I needed to heal. To this day, I am drawn to true stories of self- discovery. I am continually learning more about myself and this often happens when I see myself in someone else.

Healing Grief

Healing After Loss: Daily Meditations For Working Through Grief by Martha Whitmore Hickman

Midlife Orphan: Facing Life’s Changes Now That Your Parents Are Gone by Jane Brooks

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

The Heart of Grief: Death and the Search for Lasting Love by Thomas Attig

Memoir

Here If You Need Me: A True Story by Kate Braestrup

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly: A Memoir of Life in Death by Jean-Dominique Bauby

Death on our Roadways

It’s No Accident: The Real Story Behind Senseless Death and Injury on Our Roads by Lisa S. Lewis

Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us) by Tom Vanderbilt

Spiritual/Self-Help

Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness by Sharon Salzberg

Peace Is Every Step: the Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life by Thich Nhat Hanh

The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire: Harnessing the Infinite Power of Coincidence by Deepak Chopra

A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose by Eckhart Tolle

Ask and It Is Given: Learning to Manifest Your Desires by Jerry and Esther Hicks

Sage-ing While Age-ing by Shirley MacLaine

The Extraordinary Healing Power of Ordinary Things – Fourteen Natural Steps to Health and Happiness by Larry Dossey, M.D.

Kinship With All Life by J. Allen Boone

Essential Buddhism – A Complete Guide to Beliefs and Practices by Jack Maguire

Passionate Longevity – The 10 Secrets to Growing Younger by Dr. Elaine Dembe

The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche

Storytelling

Storycatcher: Making Sense of Our Lives through the Power and Practice of Story by Christina Baldwin

Leaving a Trace: On Keeping a Journal by Alexandra Johnson

Laugh Out Loud

The Know-It-All: One Man’s Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World by A.J. Jacobs

In closing I want to thank all the people who put themselves out there. It takes courage to share the vulnerable parts of ourselves, but in the end we are all human and have similar experiences. We truly are not alone. We are all connected.

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