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There have been so many books and articles written about bereavement, death and dying, etc., that this site can't begin to list them all. This list is a short list, highlighting what we have found to be informative or moving. There are also some books listed below that will bring solace to a person who is ready to move through their grief and offer healing to their mind, body and soul.  Many cannot be found in your local bookstore so hyperlinks to amazon.com are provided for convenience.

(Do you have a favorite? If so send it in with a brief review.)

bullet A Grief Observed by C. S. Lewis. The personal diary of the author of The Chronicles of Narnia as he questions his faith in God following the death of his wife.
bullet On Death and Dying by Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross. The landmark book describing the five stages of death: denial and isolation, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. Through interviews and conversations, the author gives the reader a better understanding of how death affects the grieving, their counselors and family, bringing hope to all concerned.
bullet Motherless Daughters: The Legacy of Loss by Hope Edelman, Dell Publishing 1994. Hope Edleman wrote this book after her own mother's death. It is based on interviews of many women and girls and covers loss from the perspective of women at every age. The reviewer really enjoyed the book, although she "focused on chapters that I felt applied to me. I have found that this is not unusual for books on grief. A very smart woman told me that a helpful thing to remember about the grief books is to take what you need from them and not worry about the rest."
bullet Widower: When Men Are Left Alone by Scott Campbell and Phyllis R. Silverman. There are few books written specifically to address widowers' issues. This is a good one.
bullet Darkness Visible by William Styron. The Pulitzer Prize winning author's battle with depression.
bullet Seven Choices: Taking Steps to New Life After Losing Someone You Love by Elizabeth Harper Neeld. The reviewer used this book as a textbook. "It takes you through the grieving process. You get to find out how you're progressing while being comforted that you are not alone in the way you feel. It's almost as though she's talking directly to you. Her goal is to bring the reader along so that she will not only go through the grieving process as painlessly as possible but, more to the point, encourage you to believe that you can lead a life full of quality and joy."
bullet Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl. The profound theory of a survivor Auschwitz.
bullet The Case for Heaven by Mally Cox-Chapman. The author has assembled religious and secular research to make a case for the existence of heaven.
bullet Be Not Afraid: Overcoming the Fear of Death by J. Christoph Arnold and Madeleine L'Engle. Arnold draws from his 40 years' experience as a pastor and tells of many people he has accompanied to death's door. He believes that suffering is an integral part of the human experience and that if we accept it and allow ourselves to go through pain, our lives will be enriched.
bullet Will the Circle be Unbroken by Studs Terkel. If you like Studs Terkel's Working, you may enjoy this collection of various individuals' reflections on death.
bullet The Quiet Mind by White Eagle. These are short meditations for the mind. They can be read in a few short minutes to start your day on a positive note and bring peace to the mind and body.
bullet Greater Health God's Way by Stormie Omartian. This book is for both men and women on seven ways to inner beauty. It encourages and helps you develop the structure you need to become healthy. This book is good for both physical and spiritual healing.
bullet Your Father's Voice : Letters for Emmy About Life with Jeremy--and Without Him After 9/11
by Lyz Glick, with Dan Zegart. The author's husband was a passenger on flight 93 on September 11th. Through a series of letters to her daughter Emmy, she has written a story about who her husband was and the struggles that she has endured being widowed at 31 with a 12 week old daughter.
bullet The Dynamic Laws of Healing by Catherine Ponder. The process of healing one's mind, body and spirit through the power of positive thinking, prayer and affirmations are presented by this inspirational author.
bullet Meditating With the Angels by Sonia Cafe & Neide Innecco. A short book of inspirational paragraphs bringing the beautiful presence of angels into your life. Each passage brings the healing energy needed for a specific moment in your life.
bullet The Pocket Rumi Reader by Kabir Helminski. A small book containing a collection of Rumi's most inspiring poetry.
bullet Chicken Soup for the Grieving Soul by Jack Canfield & Mark Victor Hanson. Stories about life, death and overcoming the loss of a loved one.
bullet Defying Age by Dr. Miriam Stoppard. A book on how to think, act and stay young. An informative book for women on how to help themselves be healthy, fit and feel good about themselves at any stage in life.
 
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