Books: The Masculine Side of Healing Lesson 5


A Grief Observed 

– C. S. Lewis

a-grief-observed-bookWritten after his wife’s tragic death as a way of surviving the “mad midnight moment,” A Grief Observed is C.S. Lewis’s honest reflection on the fundamental issues of life, death, and faith in the midst of loss. This work contains his concise, genuine reflections on that period: “Nothing will shake a man — or at any rate a man like me — out of his merely verbal thinking and his merely notional beliefs. He has to be knocked silly before he comes to his senses. Only torture will bring out the truth. Only under torture does he discover it himself.” This is a beautiful and unflinchingly honest record of how even a stalwart believer can lose all sense of meaning in the universe, and how he can gradually regain his bearings.

Writing as a Way of Healing: How Telling Our Stories Transforms Our Lives 

– Louise Desalvo, 2000

writing-as-a-way-of-healingIn this inspiring book, based on her twenty years of research, highly acclaimed author and teacher Louise DeSalvo reveals the healing power of writing. DeSalvo shows how anyone can use writing as a way to heal the emotional and physical wounds that are an inevitable part of life. Contrary to what most self-help books claim, just writing won’t help you; in fact, there’s abundant evidence that the wrong kind of writing can be damaging.

DeSalvo’s program is based on the best available and most recent scientific studies about the efficacy of using writing as a restorative tool. With insight and wit, she illuminates how writers, from Virginia Woolf to Henry Miller to Audre Lorde to Isabel Allende, have been transformed by the writing process. Writing as a Way of Healing includes valuable advice and practical techniques to guide and inspire both experienced and beginning writers.

Understanding Your Grief: Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart 

– Alan D. Wolfelt, 2004

understanding-your-grief-bookExplaining the important difference between grief and mourning, this book explores every mourner’s need to acknowledge death and embrace the pain of loss. Also explored are the many factors that make each person’s grief unique and the many normal thoughts and feelings mourners might have.

Mindfulness and Grief: With Guided Meditations to Calm Your Mind and Restore Your Spirit

– Heather Stang, 2014

mindfulness-and-grief-bookCoping with grief and loss is one of life’s greatest challenges. At times, it may seem overwhelming and impossible to navigate. This inspirational grief book offers real-life stories and mindfulness-based techniques to help you reduce your suffering even during the toughest of times. Whether you are new to meditation or have been practicing for decades, Mindfulness & Grief will not only help you in the short term, it will teach you how to live your life more fully even in the wake of loss.

Inspired by contemporary grief research and ancient mindfulness techniques, this grief book is structured as an 8-week program and day-long retreat with over 35 meditation, yoga, journaling and expressive arts exercises.

On Coming Alive: Journaling Through Grief: 100 Prompts to Guide You from Darkness to Light 

–Alan D. Wolfelt, 2004

understanding-your-grief-journal-bookThis companion workbook to Understanding Your Grief: Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart is designed to help mourners explore the many facets of their unique grief through journalling. Ten essential touchstones for mourners are covered, including being open to the presence of loss, dispelling misconceptions about grief, embracing the uniqueness of grief, seeking reconciliation, and reaching out for help. Journalers are asked specific questions about their feelings of grief as they relate to the ten essential touchstones and are provided with writing space for their reflections.

Grieving Mindfully: A Compassionate and Spiritual Guide to Coping with Loss 

–Sameet M. Kumar PhD, 2005

grieving-mindfullyGrief is a personal journey, never the same for any two people and as unique as your life and your relationships. Although loss is an inevitable part of life, how you approach this fact can make the difference between meaningless pain and the manifestation of understanding and wisdom. This book describes a mindful approach to dealing with grief that can help you make that difference.
By walking this mindful path, you will discover that you are capable of transforming and healing the grief you carry and finding the spiritual and emotional resilience you need to move through this challenging time. These mindfulness practices, explained here in simple and practical language, will help you bear your time of grief. But they will do more than that, too. They will guide you to a life more fully lived, with more meaning. These simple practices will help you experience what richness comes from asking deeper questions about loss and about life.

On Coming Alive: Journaling Through Grief: 100 Prompts to Guide You from Darkness to Light 

– Lexi Behrndt, 2016

on-coming-alive-bookOn Coming Alive: Journaling Through Grief is a 100 prompt guided journal aimed at guiding you through the darkness that often accompanies grief. Featuring inspiring quotes from writers, and other visionaries paired with open-ended questions and prompts, with plenty of room for writing and reflecting, this journal is the perfect companion to guide you through the complexities of grief