Books to help you deal with loss and grief.
We need to talk about grief: how to be a friend to the one who’s left behind by Annie Broadbent
When Annie Broadbent was just 25 her mum died of cancer. One of the hardest, and least expected, aspects of the whole experience was the way in which support from friends and family (verbal, practical and emotional) was so often varied and inadequate. We don't have a language to help people suffering from grief and we often shy away from discussing death altogether. Frustrated with seeing family and friends paralysed by their fear of death, and their reluctance to talk about it, Annie decided to share her own experience of grief and the stories of others as a way to help shed some light on the darkest moments in life.
Me after you: a true story about love, loss and other disaster by Lucie Brownlee
Lucie is 38. She is the mother of a young daughter. And she is a widow. Her husband, Mark, died suddenly at the age of just 37. This book, inspired by her award-winning blog 'Wife after Death' is the story of her grief, and how she is (and isn't) coming to terms with Mark's death and bringing up her daughter on her own. Lucie's memoir charts her first two years of widowhood.
Always with you by Gloria Hunniford
With the courage and unflinching honesty that characterised the best-selling 'Next To You', Gloria Hunniford shares the insight, experience and hope of the journey of grief she has been on since losing her daughter Caron. This is the story of how Gloria and her family survived Caron`s death, but it is not only her story Within days of Caron`s death letters started to arrive. People who had lost their children felt compelled to write. Strangers understood what she was going through often more than the family and friends standing next to her. Grief is lonely, but as this book shows, you are not alone.
H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
As a child Helen Macdonald was determined to become a falconer. She learned the arcane terminology and read all the classic books, including T.H. White's
tortured masterpiece, 'The Goshawk', which describes White's struggle to train a hawk as a spiritual contest. When her father dies and she is knocked sideways by
grief, she becomes obsessed with the idea of training her own goshawk. She buys Mabel on a Scottish quayside and takes her home to Cambridge. This book is a record
of a spiritual journey - an unflinchingly honest account of Macdonald's struggle with grief during the difficult process of the hawk's taming and her own untaming.
"One of the most eloquent accounts of bereavement you could hope to read… A grief memoir with wings." (Caroline Sanderson Bookseller)
Overcoming Grief by Sue Morris
Grief is a natural reaction to loss, but in some cases it can cause a loss of direction, affecting our relationships and our work. This practical guide helps the recently bereaved to regain a sense of control and offers strategies to help someone adjust to life without the spouse, friend or family member who has died.
I wasn’t ready to say goodbye: surviving, coping and healing after the sudden death of a loved one by Brook Noel and Pamela Blair
This is a guide to mourning the sudden death of a loved one. It includes advice on ways of coping with difficult emotions, making sense of the world after a loss and where to find support and much more.
A Widow’s Story by Joyce Carol Oates
A Widow's Story' illuminates one woman's struggle to understand a life absent of the partnership that had sustained and defined her for nearly half a century. Joyce Carol Oates shares the derangement of denial, the anguish of loss, the disorientation of the survivor amid a nightmare of 'death duties,' and the solace of friendship.
Living with Loss by Liz McNeill Taylor
Drawing on personal experience, Liz McNeill Taylor has created a survival handbook for the widowed, showing how, over time, the healing process can be assisted, and how friends, organisations and resources can make life enjoyable again
Page last updated: 30th March 2015