Whenever I'm going through a tough time, I search for anything and everything to help me find the light. Below are some books to help you step into more joy. Take what resonates. Leave the rest.
the Grief Recovery handbook by The Grief Recovery Institute
This book is an absolute must for anyone moving through grief of any kind. Not only does it offer up wisdom, but practical exercises to help you commence the journey of grief recovery.
You can work through it with a partner (recommended) or on your own.
"Time and correct action will lead to emotional recovery. One without the other is not going to do that."
WHEN THINGS FALL APART BY PEMA CHODRON
I read this book by my mother's bedside as she transitioned in hospice. It was one of the only books that helped my aching heart at the time.
Pema, an American Buddhist nun, gives wise and compassionate food for thought on how to cope when sh*t falls apart.
"Rather than letting our negativity get the better of us, we could acknowledge that right now we feel like a piece of shit and not be squeamish about taking a good look.”
THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING BY JOAN DIDION
This was the best memoir I read about the experience of grief and its physical, mental, emotional and spiritual impact. It really humanizes the experience and helps you feel a little less cray.
“We are imperfect mortal beings, aware of that mortality even as we push it away, failed by our very complication, so wired that when we mourn our losses we also mourn, for better or for worse, ourselves. as we were. as we are no longer. as we will one day not be at all.”
OWN YOUR GLOW BY LATHAM THOMAS
For women who feel ready to start rebuilding after grief and/or are dealing with loss and grief re work or identity-related ish, this book is a great place to start.
Latham (a well-known lifestyle and wellness coach) gives soulful advice for addressing life's challenges and practical steps for shifting out of pain and into your power.
"It's in the darkness that we find immense power and grace. The dark, dank soil nourishes root systems and gives rise to plant life...It is a wholesome and necessary part of the cosmic order; darkness is divine."
THE RULES OF INHERITANCE by CLAIRE BIDWELL-SMITH
Another amazing memoir about Claire's experience of loss and grief after losing her mother, and later her father, as a young woman.
A powerful and searingly honest memoir about a young woman who loses her family but finds herself in the process.
"My grief fills rooms. It takes up space and it sucks out the air. It leaves no room for anyone else.
Grief and I are left alone a lot. We smoke cigarettes and we cry."
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