Finding Inspiration in a Time of Grief

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Coming to terms with the passing of a beloved friend or a loved one can be one of the most difficult times to go through. When we go through it ourselves, or know someone we care about is grieving, where and how do we find solace and comfort? How do we help someone else to cope with a loss?

Making a personal phone call, and sending a card, a sympathy gift basket, or flowers, are all sincere and reassuring ways to let someone know that we are there for them in their time of need. Receiving these gifts also sends that message to us when we are the one going through a time of grief. 

With these caring gestures of sympathy that help to comfort us, or send comfort to someone we care about, a way to help get through the process is by reading an inspirational book. It helps to let us know that although we are grieving now, this is not our final destination, and we will be able to move on with our lives in a positive way. That doesn’t mean forgetting the deceased, because we will always be holding our beloved deceased friend or family member’s memory sacred in our mind and in our hearts. 

Below are 5 inspirational book suggestions to help ourselves or someone we care about through the process of grieving. 

  1. “I Wasn’t Ready to Say Goodbye: Surviving, Coping and Healing After The Sudden Death of a Loved One,” by Brook Noel. We are never really ready to say goodbye to a beloved friend, or loved one. Whether you are the one grieving, or you are helping a loved one or a friend as they grieve, this book offers comforting advice and guidance on coping, and going through the grieving process.  It separates myth from the reality of the grieving process, and helps you find your way through the pain. 
  2. “Good Mourning: Moving Through Every Day Losses with Wisdom from the Other Side,” by Theresa Caputo. This book focuses on a deeper understanding of the grieving process and the emotional distress it can cause that people mistake for depression and anxiety. With Teresa’s special gift she calls Spirit, this gift is a means to help us to realize how we experience, ritualize and mend from the hurt we experience in our lives. With divine understanding comes divine healing, and this book will help you through your journey of grief and healing, to be able to live life to its fullest again. 
  3. “How to Survive the Loss of a Loved One,” by Harold H. Bloomfield. This is a highly acclaimed, inspirational book that has helped generations of people cope with the loss of a loved one or friend. According to the New York times, this book is most recommended by clinical psychologists. It focuses on the nature of loss and gain, and how it sets the stage for further creation. Regardless of how much you may be hurting now, there will always be sunshine to chase those dark clouds away.
  4. “Healing After Loss: Daily Meditations for Working Through Grief,” by Martha W. Hickman. This book is a timeless guide for coping with, and getting through the grieving process. It is full of inspiration, and resonating words of comfort and strength. Grieving is a painful process for us all. Through this book you will learn how to focus, and embraces peace in a time of hurt and chaos. 
  5. “It’s OK That You’re Not OK: Meeting Grief and Loss in a Culture That Doesn’t Understand,” by Megan Devine. If you are feeling lost, or misunderstood at this lower time in your life, this book just may be what you need. It is a of support and encouragement when you are facing a loss. It helps you to understand that it is ok to feel what you are feeling, and handle it as you are presently handling it. When the world is telling you to get over it, you’ll find the guidance and justification that no matter how you are feeling, and where you are in the grieving process, it is ok not to be ok right away.

Loss affects us all differently. Some of us may reach out for a shoulder to cry on, others may isolate and just want to be alone. Some may feel relief from their pain and reach out for a helping hand and friendly smile of a close friend or relative, others may choose to shut out the world handle the grief on their own. No matter how people go through the grieving process, they find comfort and validation their own way. That way just may include embarking on the journey of grief in supported by an inspirational book!

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