Edith Eger was only 16 years old when she, her parents, and her sister were sent to Auschwitz Concentration Camp during WWII. In 1945, both she and her sister were recovered together, and began to move forward in life desperate to escape the past. As Edith began to come to terms with her trauma (including learning what trauma was), she started a career studying psychology. Almost 60 years later, Dr. Edith Eger continues to treat patients and speak around the world, sharing the story of how a young dancer from Poland made “The Choice” to survive and thrive, rather than succumb to her trauma.
Did you know that there is a difference between masculine grief and feminine grief? Regardless of gender, we find healing in different ways, and Swallowed by a Snake by Thomas Golden provides a precise look into masculine grief! This is an excellent resource for a person who recognizes the impact that one person’s bereavement can have on the entire family, and how to find healing in unique ways.
For anyone who has had an unexpected loss, Judy Brizendine’s title “Stunned by Grief” seems to encapsulate the experience. This direct yet conversational resource gives real perspective from both Brizendine as well as those who have walked the path of bereavement. It normalizes the occurrences after a loss that tend to “stun,” all while providing tools to help re-map your life and begin the journey of healing.
Still Here with Me by Suzanne Sjoqvist is a book that all bereaved teens and young adults can relate to! Each chapter is told from the perspective of a different person, all sharing their stories of losing a parent as a child or teen. As we are isolated in current times, this book reminds us that our shared experiences can be relatable through the written word.
Do we have any fans of “The Office” in the house? Then Soul Pancake is the book for you! Originally founded by Rainn Wilson (who played Dwight Schrute on The Office), Soul Pancake has grown from this special book into an online organization dedicated to asking real questions and getting real answers! The Soul Pancake book encourages the reader to engage in seeking wisdom and is a thought-provoking resource for the teen in your world.
When comedy writer Carol Scibelli’s husband of 33 years died of cancer after being diagnosed only a month prior, she immediately felt the weight of the word “widow.” What would this mean for her identity? As she traveled along her journey of bereavement, Scibelli shared her memories, experiences, and awkward exchanges, finding humor in the most seemingly mundane parts of healing. “Poor Widow Me” invites the reader to laugh through their tears as they accompany Scibelli through her journey of life, loss, and laughter.
One of the sweetest books in our library is Making Toast by Roger Rosenblatt. His story begins tragically with the death of his daughter, but soon Rosenblatt, AKA “Boppo,” moves in with his grandchildren and becomes more a part of their lives that he could have imagined (so much so that his 2-year-old grandson has a preference toward James Joyce?). Borrow this book today!
Do you ever feel like others are expecting your bereavement process to follow a specific timeline? Those who have experience grief know that healing is not a straight line. Megan Devine’s “It’s OK that You’re Not OK” reminds readers that what works for some, may not work for you, and while you figure out your coping strategies. . .it’s OK that you don’t feel OK!
Author of Cry Until you Laugh Richard Obershaw understands that the number of grief-related resources can be overwhelming for the newly bereaved. This book provides easy-to-read, concise education on what mourning really looks like. If you are a straight shooter, this book is for you!
When Catherine Tidd lost her husband in a tragic motorcycle accident, she was thrown into the world of widowhood while also having to raise three young, bereaved children. With no roadmap to follow, Confessions of a Mediocre Widow tells Catherine’s story of learning to live again. The road is bumpy, and she confesses to making some ‘mediocre’ choices, but she ends up creating an excellent resource for any woman navigating life after loss.