These books truly helped me process my grief. Memory JAR will include book reviews in our monthly newsletter and blog. Please contact us if you have a recommendation and tell us how the book related to your personal experience
by C.S. Lewis
C.S. Lewis, a Christian apologist, chronicles his grief when his wife, Joy Gresham, died of cancer. It is a beautiful and unflinchingly honest record of how even a stalwart believer can lose all sense of meaning in the universe, and how he can gradually regain his bearings.
by Martha Whitmore Hickman
For those who have suffered the loss of a loved one, here are strength and thoughtful words to inspire and comfort. This book has incredible insight, hope, understanding and some new ideas delivered in small doses (the tiny shafts of light in the darkness). The one page entries are easy to read or skip if you need one that will more fit your moment.
by Sherry Russell
Based on hundreds of interviews, along with personal experience, the book clarifies how and why grief catapults us into a crisis, threatening our mental, physical, and spiritual health. By understanding the domino effect of loss you can go on to live a life of graciousness and radiance.
by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
Just as On Death and Dying taught us the five stages of death – denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance – On Grief and Grieving applies these stages to the grieving process and weaves together theory, inspiration, and practical advice, including sections on sadness, hauntings, dreams, isolation, and healing.
by Elizabeth B. Brown
Written after the loss of the author’s own child, this book offers encouragement and hope to those who may think they will never be able to live fully after such tragedy. Bereaved parents, as well as friends, counselors, pastors, and caregivers, will find this book a source of comfort and discover coping mechanisms as they move through their grief.