The Grief Process

The journey of grief can be a long and painful one. On such journeys, it can be helpful to have a book companion holding your hand along the way to give you words of encouragement and healing. These resources match this desire.

A Grief Observed
by C. S. Lewis

When C.S. Lewis lost his wife to cancer, he went through a crisis of faith and recorded his experiences in four journals. These journals give remarkable insight into the grief process of the newly bereaved and illustrate his process of coming back to God with a clearer understanding of the purpose of grief and an appreciation for the importance of Christian bereavement.

Grieving with the Help of Your Catholic Faith
by Lorene Hanley Duguin

Grieving with the Help of Your Catholic Faith accomplishes what it describes. Lorene Duguin offers readers a Catholicism-focused method for coping with grief by focusing on developing an understanding of how grief affects the heart, soul, and mind as well as providing the perspective to sort through the many different feelings you may be experiencing. Also included are tips for helping others who grieve, making this book a good choice for anyone hoping to help others who have experienced a loss.

Don’t Take My Grief Away From Me
by Doug Manning

Doug Manning takes a thoughtful approach in his book, Don't Take My Grief Away From Me, delving into how counseling and empathy can work together to promote healing from grief. This book is helpful to both the individual hoping to help those recently bereaved and also for the grieving individual looking for answers in the storm. 

Through a Season of Grief: Devotions for Your Journey from Mourning to Joy
by Bill Dunn

Through a Season of Grief will walk you through every day of the first year after the death of a loved one. Each page is full of biblical, spiritual, and practical advice and words of comfort. For a structured path through the process of grief, Bill Dunn offers an uplifting choice.

 

Gentle Keeping: Prayers and Services for Remembering Departed Loved Ones Throughout the Year
by Sister Mauryeen O’Brien

For those who will be spending time grieving in a family or friends setting, Gentle Keeping provides several beautiful and structured prayer services which can serve to guide a group of the bereaved in remembering and cherishing their time with the departed, as well as providing prayers and spiritual mediations to aid their passage to Heaven.