Cutting Loss Down to Size: Suggested Readings

Suggested Readings

Perhaps this would be more aptly titled a bibliography of comfort, hope, and wisdom. These works help us to see that we are not alone and we can learn from each other. 

Coryell, Deborah Morris. Good Grief: Healing through the Shadow of Loss. Rochester: Healing Arts Press, 1997.
The author calls this an "informational guide."She tells us that loss destroys our sense of wholeness, leaving us empty. It is her mission to help us find within the emptiness the love we shared with our beloved. That love is the seed of our healing.

Greeley, Andrew M. When Life Hurts: Comforting Reflections for our Troubled Moments. New York: Doubleday, 1989.
Father Greeley, a Catholic priest, had extensive experience comforting people experiencing all of life's losses.

Hickman, Martha Whitmore. Healing After Loss: Daily Meditations for Working through Grief. New York: Avon Books, 1994.
Short daily thoughts on topics relevant to those experiencing grief. 

Kubler-Ross, Elisabeth, David A. Kessler. On Grief and Grieving: Finding the Meaning of Grief through the Five Stages of Loss. New York: Scribner, 2005.
The woman who wrote about the 5 stages of dying applies those stages to the grieving process.

Kubler-Ross, Elisabeth. On Life After Death. Berkeley: Celestial Arts,1991.
This book is a collection of essays based on Dr. Kubler-Ross's studies of more than 20,000 people who experienced near-death experiences.

Lewis, C.S. A Grief Observed. San Francisco: Harper, 1961.
This work records the great novelist's own journey while dealing with the loss of his wife.

Rando, Therese A. How to Go on Living When Someone You Love Dies. New York: Bantam Books, 1988.
Dr. Rando, a grief specialist, tells us there is no way around grief, but there is a way through it. Her gentle and thorough guide helps lead us through the process.

Schwiebert, Pat. Tear Soup: A Recipe for Healing After Loss. Portland: Grief Watch, 1999. Ostensibly for children, this book-with its lush illustrations-takes us on the main character's grief journey using cooking soup as a metaphor.