When we lose a loved one, there is a process of adapting to the change that takes place on both parts.
Both parties must deal with the change. On your end, this means you have to grieve the way that you had once experienced their existence and how this is now changed - and this is not easy. On their end, this means they have to grieve the shift that has taken place as well. Their life and they way they experience it is now vastly different than it was before and they have to come to terms with their own crossing, once on the other side, too.
What has been helpful to me has been just a small handful of books on death from the eyes of a hospice worker, how to navigate emotionally and garner meaning from times of darkness, and eventually, how to bring meaning and connection back into your life after you have lost it.
While there many books out there that discuss the topic of loss, there have been not many that have been as helpful as these, for both myself and clients.
My Favorite Books For Overcoming Grief
Life Lessons: Two Experts on Death and Dying Teach Us About the Mysteries of Life and Living
By Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross is a hospice expert and has cared for thousands of people and their families during the transition of death. Her books explain the insights she has learned in working her entire life serving those walking through the transition on death - from both sides of the spectrum. She discusses insights from the people who are left behind and insights from those who have left their physical bodies.
Anything by her is a gift. Read this to cognitively and emotionally understand the process and importance of death, dying and it's meaning in your life. Find it on Amazon.com here.
Care of the Soul: A Guide for Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life
by Thomas Moore
This book is about cultivating spiritual and emotional depth in times of darkness, loss, and depression. Death can bring about a feeling of an unmovable cloud of loss and sadness, unlike anything you have ever experienced before. While grieving is hard for everyone, it is moving through these dense emotions is what can be the most difficult part of the loss.
Need help in finding meaning in a place where you thought there was none? This book teaches the importance of times such as this in your own soul's growth and gives you meaningful steps on how to can move forward and through this time. Find it on Amazon.com here.
Ordinary Magic: Everyday Life as Spiritual Path
by John Welwood
After death, it can feel as though there is an empty space in your life where there once was meaning. In this book, the author, or shall I say organizer, brings together spiritual teachers from all walks of life to discuss how you can return meaning, connection and purpose to your life in small to very big ways.
This book helps reignite a purpose, a path and gives you a doorway to re-enter your life and your collective connection all of those in your life - both in Spirit and in the physical. Find this book on Amazon.com here.
Still wondering what happens to the soul after death? I also an eBook, From Crossing Over to Connection (which includes a free meditation) for understanding how continuing bonds manifest in the afterlife.
Amanda Linette Meder
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