We often receive requests for resource recommendations. Sometimes people are looking for help in their local community, like a therapist or support group. Other times, they want something to supplement their coping, for example, a podcast, book, or online group.
We believe that coping with grief and life after a loss requires a person to utilize all the tools in their grief-coping toolbox. You don't just need mainstays like the hammer and wrench, but also the ratchet and all its little ratchet-attachment-thingys. Sorry, I bit off more than I could chew with that metaphor.
Getting back to the point, people often ask us for a wide range of grief resource recommendations. And we usually offer something that we think is good, with the knowledge that grief support isn't one-size-fits-all, and there are so many resources out there we haven't uncovered or experienced. So sometimes we turn to our best resource, people in the WYG communities, to ask for help.
Recently, we asked in our grief professional community and on Facebook, what are your favorite resources for widows? What would you recommend to a client or a friend? And we received over 100 recommendations. We've compiled many of these widow resource recommendations in the list below. If we missed any of your suggestions, or if you have a resource you'd like to add, we encourage you to share in the comments.
Resources for Widows:
These resource recommendations were submitted by people in our Facebook community and the WYG Grief Professional Community. Please note, WYG cannot vouch for each of these resources, but we encourage you to have a look around and see which, if any, seem right for you.
Services vary, but may offer some combination of support groups, resources, communities, courses, and other programming.
Resources for Widows on the Web:
Please keep in mind, what works for one person, may not work for another. Because of this, we encourage you to read book descriptions and reviews for the books you're interested in.
It's Okay to Laugh: (Crying is Cool Too) by Norah McInerny
A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis
Healing After Loss: Daily Meditations for Working Through Grief by Martha W. Hickman
Confessions of a Mediocre Widow: Or, How I Lost My Husband and My Sanity by Catherine Tidd
Getting Grief Right: Finding Your Story of Love in the Sorrow of Loss by Patrick O'Malley and Tim Madigan
Grief's Country: A Memoir in Pieces by Gail Griffin
Permission to Mourn: A New Way to Do Grief by Tom Zumba
The Grieving Brain: The Surprising Science of How We Learn from Love and Loss by Mary-Frances O'Connor
Seven Choices: Finding Daylight After Loss Shatters Your World by Elizabeth Harper Neeld
Widow To Widow: Thoughtful, Practical Ideas For Rebuilding Your Life by Genevieve Davis Ginsburg
Happily Even After: A Guide to Getting Through (and Beyond) the Grief of Widowhood by Carole Brody Fleet
How to Go on Living When Someone You Love Dies by Therese Rando
A Friend in Grief: Simple Ways to Help by Ginny Callaway
When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times by Pema Chodron
Anxiety: The Missing Stage of Grief by Claire Bidwell Smith
Psalms of Lament by Ann Weems
Bittersweet by Susan Cain
In Search of Silence by Poorna Bell
Share your recommended resources for widows in the comments section below!
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After writing online articles for What’s Your Grief
for over a decade, we finally wrote a tangible,
What’s Your Grief? Lists to Help you Through Any Loss is for people experiencing any type of loss. This book discusses some of the most common grief experiences and breaks down psychological concepts to help you understand your thoughts and emotions. It also shares useful coping tools, and helps the reader reflect on their unique relationship with grief and loss.
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