Coping with loss, whether sudden or anticipated, can be one of the most difficult times in a person’s life. Grief is a natural part of the healing process. The grieving process is different for everyone but there are ways to help you cope. By taking care of yourself, seeking support, and acknowledging your feelings you can move forward and begin healing. If you feel isolated or stuck in your grief, talking to a supportive person, a counselor, or a support group may help you. You’re not alone!
Grief support groups can be especially effective in cases of sudden death. Connecting to others and taking care of yourself will help you heal.
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Suggested Books on Bereavement and Loss
How to Go on Living When Someone You Love Dies. Rando, T.A. New York, NY: Bantam; 1991. Dr. Rando leads the reader through the painful but necessary process of grieving and helps the reader to find the best way for themselves.
Finding Your Way after Your Parent Dies: Hope for Grieving Adults. Richard Gilbert, Ave Maria Press, 1999. This book is a compassionate guide for those struggling with the loss of a parent. The book offers practical suggestions for navigating these difficulties.
Traveling Through Grief: Learning to Live Again After the Death of a Loved One. Susan Zonnebelt Smeenge, RN and Robert DeVries, DMin, PhD., Baker Books, 2007. The authors, both of whom lost spouses before marrying each other, are grief counselors who show you five specific tasks to work through to aid in healing.
Understanding Grief: Helping Yourself Heal. Wolfet, Alan, 1992. Muncie, IN: Accelerated Development. This classic resource guides the bereaved person through the loss of a loved one, & provides an opportunity to learn to live with and work through the personal grief process.
The Journey Through Grief. Wolfet, Alan, 1997. Ft. Collins, CO: Companion Press. This spiritual companion for mourners affirms the need to mourn. Organized around the six needs of mourning that all mourners must yield to & eventually embrace to find continued meaning in life & living, this book offers reflective passages for each need that help mourners work through their thoughts & feelings.
How to Survive the Loss of a Love. Colgrove, M, Bloomfield, H. & McWilliams, P., 1993. Prelude Press. One of the most directly helpful books on the subject of loss ever written. This completely revised and expanded edition encompasses not only the medical and psychological advances in the treatment of loss, but also the authors’ own experiences.
Remembering with Love: Messages of Hope for the First Year of Grieving and Beyond. Levang, E. & Ilse, S. 1992. Minneapolis, MN: Deaconess Press. Reassurance and compassion for those struggling with a loved one’s loss. Companion Journal also available.
Seven Choices: Taking the Steps to a New Life after Losing Someone you Love. Neeld, Elizabeth Harper., 1992. New York: Delacorte. Seven-stage, step-by-step guide to mourning and recovery, accompanied by a description of phases necessary to complete the “grieving process.” Based on the author’s own experience and that of 60 others, the program requires the mourner to knowingly choose to undergo each stage as it occurs. Discusses with compassion, physical & emotional traumas to expect & offers sound advice on how to adjust to change and form new life patterns and human bonds.
I Wasn’t Ready to Say Good-bye. Surviving, Coping and Healing After the Sudden Death of a Loved One. Noel, Brooke. Sourcebooks, Inc.; Updated edition, 2008. Updated edition of the best-selling bereavement classic will touch, comfort, uplift and console. Authors explore sudden death and offers a comforting hand to hold for those who are grieving the sudden death of a loved one.
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