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Best Selling Books on Coping with Death and Grief

Best Selling Books on Coping with Death and Grief

Let’s face it…one of our biggest fears is the death of a loved one and having to go on without them. The grief can be sometimes unbearable and doesn’t end quick enough.

I know this grief all to well because I lost my Mom to cancer on August 13, 2006 and my brother to cancer (on my birthday) August 9, 2012.

Up until my mom died I really hadn’t lost anyone that close to me and of course the first person I lose is my best friend, my momma, my confidant, my prayer partner…my everything!

The first year was the worst! I walked around like a zombie. I would be driving and forget where I was going. I would forget my zip code for my debit card, I misplaced my keys all the time, I stopped home schooling my kids and I fell into a deep dark depression.

It was through reading books that I realized I was not alone and my grieving process was just that…a process! I have such a stronger sense of what death really means to the Christian. It’s not death at all but LIFE. A life we pray we will have here on this earth all the time. A life with no more worries, struggles, illnesses, failures, disappointments and tragedy. A life of joy, peace, harmony, happiness, wholeness and a love that is so much deeper than we can even fathom.

I’ve compiled a list of best-selling books that I pray will help you in your time of grieving.

List of Books on Coping with Death and Grief


1. Journeying Through Grief (4-pack set)

4.8 out of 5 stars

These books were so instrumental in the grieving process I went through when my Mom passed away. There are four books to this set that you can either give to those who are grieving or read for yourself at the four crucial times during the first year after a loss.

Book 1: A Time to Grieve (send/read 3 weeks after the loss)
Book 2: Experiencing Grief (send/read 3 months after the loss)
Book 3: Finding Hope and Healing (send/read 6 months after the loss)
Book 4: Rebuilding and Remembering (send/read 12 months after the loss)

When I read each book it was like God was ministering right to me and letting me know that what I was going through was normal and expected. The first year of loosing someone can be the hardest because you’re experiencing things without them being there. These books help you understand the feelings and emotions you are going through and encourages you to take the time you need to grieve and to continue to life to the fullest.

What others are saying about this book:
  • What a blessing they have been
  • I’m looking to buy some to give to grieving friends and family when needed.
  • “Rebuilding and Remembering”

Read the Full Reviews of Journeying Through Grief (4-pack set), Click Here!


2. Through a Season of Grief: Devotions for Your Journey from Mourning to Joy

5 out of 5 stars

If you’ve lost a spouse, child, family member, or friend, you’ve discovered that few people understand the deep hurt you feel.

Where do you turn for daily comfort and help? Where do you find the tools to move forward? Through a Season of Grief is the first 365-day devotional designed to support and uplift you in the first, most difficult year of bereavement.

These devotions offer biblical comfort and practical teaching that will enable you to take steps forward each day toward healing. You will better understand the grieving process and will receive needed encouragement along the way.

More than thirty respected Christian professionals – including Kay Arthur, Jack Hayford, Elisabeth Elliot, Norman Wright, Barbara Johnson, and Luis Palau – share their insights on how to walk through the devastation of grief toward wholeness and hope. You will also hear from people like you who have lost a loved one and have found God’s healing presence in the midst of despair.

This unique devotional is based on GriefShare®, a national grief recovery support group program that has helped more than 100,000 families.

 What others are saying about this book:
  • This book is very helpful, especially in the first stages of grief and loss.
  • It is a devotional book to read a small section each day for a year.
  • Great read for broken hearts!

Read the Full Reviews of Through a Season of Grief: Devotions for Your Journey from Mourning to Joy, Click Here!


3. Healing After Loss: Daily Meditations For Working Through Grief

4.9 out of 5 stars

For those who have suffered the loss of a loved one, here are strength and thoughtful words to inspire and comfort.

For those recovering from the death of a loved one, here is a collection of daily affirmations and meditations to ease the grieving process and pave the way for healing to begin.

This book offers 365 days of inspirational quotes, short thoughts and stories and positive, uplifting thoughts for the day. As you’re reading these daily meditations you are provided with hope and comfort and know that every emotion you are experiencing is completely normal.

Through the loss of her own child, Martha Whitmore Hickman is able to walk beside us through this grieving process always letting us know that there is no time limit on grief and with her gentle inspiring words on the pages we are given hope and reassurance that we are not alone. 🙂

What others are saying about this book:

  • Tiny shafts of light in the darkness…
  • I’m not alone when I’m with Healing After Loss
  • This book is a MUST for anyone who has lost a loved one
  • helps heal the pain, bit by bit, step by step, day by day

Read the Full Reviews of Healing After Loss: Daily Meditations for Working Through Grief, Click Here!


4. A Decembered Grief: Living with Loss While Others are Celebrating

4.8 out of 5 Stars

A Decembered Grief is designed to guide you on a journey beyond grief. In this book, the author Harold Ivan Smith shows you how to change up your families traditions instead of abandoning them altogether.

We are taught to appreciate the grief styles of others along with embracing the journey of grief and not dreading it.

Suffering the loss of a loved one at any time of the year is difficult, yet during the holidays or special occasions, those grieving experience a more intense sense of loss. The world is moving forward and celebrating life and all its blessings, yet for grievers, a darkness pervades the holiday.

This book is an invitation to enjoy Christmas and its companion holidays again. Even when grief overwhelms learn to move forward and celebrate life. Learn to survive the darkness that robs joy from the holiday season for many grievers.

What others are saying about this book:

  • Excellent Gift for Holiday Grief
  • Good Ideas for people facing holidays after a significant loss
  • Grandma read it 3 times!

Read the Full Reviews of A Decembered Grief: Living with Loss While Others are Celebrating, Click Here!


5. Gone but Not Lost: Grieving the Death of a Child

4.8 out of 5 Stars

We all expect our parents to precede us in death. No one expects to have to make their child’s funeral arrangements. And the loss of a child brings with it a special and persistent manifestation of grief that can feel “like a stomach-ache that never ends.”

Gone but Not Lost is a thoughtful gift for a family that has experienced the death of a child. Each of its brief chapters covers one element of grief, bringing the grieving through sorrow and helping them deal with feelings of anger or guilt as well as the marital strain that may follow the loss of a beloved child.

This helpful resource has been revised and updated to bring comfort to a new generation.

What others are saying about this book:

  • I am able to pick it up and read a couple of chapters, cry, pick it up again and continue on.
  • I am not good with expressing my feelings to other people, so it helps to read about what I am going to be feeling and that it is ok to be feeling this way.
  • Answers a lot of those unanswerable questions.
  • Marriage section huge plus!

Read the Full Reviews of Gone but Not Lost: Grieving the Death of a Child, Click Here!


6. From One Widow to Another: Conversations on the New You

4.6 out of 5 Stars

The statistics are staggering, 800,000 people become widows or widowers every single year in the United States alone. To become a “Widow” is one title women do not want to have.

When a woman looses her husband if feels like the very essence of her being is taken away from her. All she knew, all she lived for is gone in an instant and now she is left to redefine herself as a “Widow”.

As she struggles to accept her role as a widow, Miriam Neff understands the ride and recognizes the need for women to hear from others about their experiences along with what helped them transition to this new stage of life.

From One Widow to Another offers practical advice for those facing the loss of a spouse. Drawing from her own loss, Miriam walks with you through this book and leaves you with a sense of encouragement.

What others are saying about this book:

  • Such helpful and practical advice for those of us on this sad journey…
  • Very well needed for today’s widow
  • A Faith Builder

Read the Full Reviews of From One Widow to Another: Conversations on the New You, Click Here!


If you had to put together a Top 5 List of the Best books on Grieving what would it be?

Are you grieving over the loss of a loved one, maybe a relationship or even the loss of a job? Would you like prayer? I’d love to pray for you. Leave me a comment below or send me a private message and I promise you I will pray for you and your situation.

I’ll lend you a child by Edgar Guest

I’ll lend you a child by Edgar Guest


For the past month or so I have watched a family fight for their precious son to live. They opened up their family, their home and their hearts to hundreds of thousands of people on Facebook in order to bring awareness to Childhood Cancer and find a Cure. They have prayed fervently, relied heavily on their faith in Jesus Christ to get them through and have been such a shining light in a terrible darkness called “Cancer”.

People all over the world have rallied behind Lane Goodwin, his family and the children fighting this ugly spirit of cancer on a daily basis. From movie stars to baseball players and students to parents, this family has done exactly what they set out to do, build awareness of Childhood Cancer and rally the troops to find a cure so no other family has to go through it.

Last night Lane took his final breath here on this earth and his first breath in heaven as he walked into the arms of Jesus and was completely healed and made whole in an instant. My heart has such a burden for all those left behind and it brings up much grief for me since losing both my momma, who was my best friend and my older brother to this monster disease.

Childhood Cancer Foundation

The Goodwin Family has started the Thumbs Up for Lane Goodwin Childhood Cancer Foundation and it’s mission is, “to support childhood cancer research through funding and advocacy while empowering families battling childhood cancer by providing education, financial assistance and a volunteer network.”

I ran across this poem last week when I was looking through all my old notes, printed poems, letters from God and testimonies of God’s faithfulness. When I heard the news about Lane I just felt led to share this. I hope that it speaks as loudly to your heart as it has mine.

It’s hard to explain but my heart is breaking for this precious family yet rejoices at the same time for Lane. I felt the same way when my mom and brother went onto eternity. This gut wrenching sense of loss mingled with this over whelming feeling of joy for them.

I’ll Lend You a Child by Edgar Guest

“I’ll lend you for a little time a
child of mine” He said.
“For you to love the while he lives,
and mourn for when he’s dead.

It may be six of seven years
or twenty-two or three.
But will you, “till I call him back,
take care of him for me?

He’ll bring his charms to gladden you
and should his stay be brief,
You’ll have his lovely memories
as solace for your grief.

I cannot promise he will stay,
since all from earth return:
But there are lessons taught down there
I want this child to learn.

I’ve looked the wide world over
in my search for teacher true
And from the throngs that crowd life’s loves,
I have selected you.

Now will you give him all your love,
nor think the labor vain
Nor hate me when I come to call
to take him back again?”

I fancied that I heard them say,
“Dear Lord, Thy will be done.
For all the joy Thy child shall bring,
the risk of grief we’ll run.”

We’ll shelter him with tenderness,
we’ll love him while we may.
But should the angels call for him
much sooner than we’d planned,
We’ll brave the bitter grief that comes
and try to understand.

Edgar Guest

Life Goes On

Life Goes On

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. ~ Psalms 73:26

In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life. It goes on! ~ Robert Frost

Growing up I always heard this… Life goes on, Audrey!

I knew life goes on in my head but not in my heart! As I sit here with another year gone by I still find it hard to believe that my mom has been gone for almost 5 years now. I look back on these years without her and have realized that so much “life” has happened since she has not been here.

There have been marriages, graduations, births and deaths! Colleges to attend a brother being sent to the Middle East twice. New jobs, unemployment, new opportunities for business! Even the birth of twins by my sister Angela.

There have been high points in our lives and very low points as well.

Living life without our Mom has been very hard for us 6 kids at times. However, our Dad has stepped up to the plate and has helped each one of us through our grieving and still pushes us to be everything that God created us to be. He has been a rock throughout these years and I love him dearly for it.

Through all life’s trials and tribulations you can be sure of one thing…Life goes on! Or as my Mom would always tell us…This too shall pass!
It’s in you to live that life to the fullest and learn from the trials that you experience or to allow the trials to overcome you.

Today, I pray that God would show you the small miracles that happen everyday that we seem to overlook.
Today, I pray that you would find more joy in your hearts than you have ever felt before.
Today, I pray that you live your life as if it were your last and that you find forgiveness in you heart for those that have done you wrong.
Today, I pray that you find comfort in knowing that…Life goes on…and what a beautiful life you have!

Today, I pray that you would know how special you truly are!

Be Blessed,
Audrey  🙂

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