After my husband died from brain cancer in June of 2019 I began reading books about grief and widowhood and death, mostly non-fiction, but some fiction as well. I have collected 20 books, aimed at adults, on these subjects in the past seven months. My daughter, age 4, has a couple dozen books on grief and death as well. Of the 20 I purchased for myself I read 7 in 2019 and have read 3 others since the new year began.
- How to Survive the Loss of a Love by Melba Colgrove ✰5✰
- The Grieving Child by Helen Fitzgerald ✰5✰
- Living When a Loved One Has Died by Earl A Grollman ✰4✰
- From Scratch by Tembi Locke ✰5✰
- Grief is a Thing With Feathers by Max Porter ✰4✰
- Grief: Day by Day by Jan Warner ✰5✰
- The Hot Young Widows Club by Nora McInerny ✰5✰
- A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness ✰5✰
- Often I am Happy by Jens Christian Grondahl ✰3✰
- Grieving: A Love Story by Ruth Coughlin ✰5✰
Of those books, my top recommendation would be Grief: Day by Day and How to Survive the Loss of a Love would be a close second. They were all good for me in some way though and I don’t think you an go wrong with any of them.
The other books I’ve purchased and plan to read throughout this year are:
- The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
- Forever, Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid
- The Grieving Teen by Helen Fitzgerald
- Billions and Billions by Carl Sagan
- It’s OK That You’re Not OK by Megan Devine
- Widow to Widow by Genevieve Davis Ginsburg
- No Happy Endings by Nora McInerny
- It’s OK to Laugh by Nora McInerny
- Coming Back From Broken by Stacie Baker
- New Life, No Instructions by Gail Caldwell
Do you have any other books on grief, death, widowhood, etc that you can recommend to me? We are an atheist family so something not too heavy handed with the religious aspects you often find in books of this type are appreciated.