The healthiest way to heal from your own grief is to deal with the pain so that you can continue to have a rich and fulfilled life.
Grief literature is a helpful tool for many bereaved families. Understanding that you are not alone in your grief by relating to others who have experienced similar grief reactions can help ease the sting.
At Carroll Hospice, we often recommend books and handouts by author and grief expert, Alan Wolfelt, Ph.D. His books and articles can be found at the McGinnis Bereavement Resource Center located in Dove House.
The following books by Dr. Wolfelt have been helpful for bereaved families:
•The Paradoxes of Mourning: Healing Your Grief with Three Forgotten Truths
A reminder that it is important to welcome our natural grief and “gives you the three keys that unlock the door to hope and healing”
• The Mourner’s Book of Courage: 30 Days of Encouragement
Follows a 30-day format of encouraging words and activities
• Healing Your Grieving Heart: 100 Practical Ideas
Features compassionate advice and simple activities to help you through your loss
• The Understanding Your Grief Journal: Exploring the Ten Essential Touchstones
A companion workbook to the book Understanding Your Grief designed to help explore the many facets of grief through journaling
• Loving from the Outside In, Mourning from the Inside Out
Explores what love and grief have in common and invites the reader to mourn well in order to go on to live and love well again
Helpful grief articles by Dr. Wolfelt include:
•The Capacity to Love the Reason We Grieve
•The Spiritual Path to Healing: Mourning Ideas
•Helping Yourself Heal When Your Spouse Dies
•Helping Yourself Heal When Your Parent Dies
•Helping Yourself Heal When Your Child Dies
Dr. Wolfelt’s website also offers helpful resources and grief literature for those who are grieving.
Because grief can be overwhelming, you may also find that talking with a grief counselor and attending a grief support group can help. Please call 410-871-8000 for more information on these and the other bereavement services we offer.
We wish you peace during your grief journey.