But think about it: For anyone grieving a significant loss, particularly when that was a spouse or life partner, the first year is a time of adjusting and learning to survive. Then comes the second year and, if you’re like many mourners, it is even harder than the first, as this is when you are grappling with the harsh reality that your loved one is physically gone forever, along with all the secondary losses that accompany this death, including greatly diminished social support, financial instability or loss of religious faith.
If you take the time to explore some of the threads and read the posts in our online Grief Healing Discussion Groups, you will notice that many of our members are still actively mourning, even though their losses occurred three, four and five years ago. Fortunately, this site is one place where the bereaved can come to be surrounded by others who will not hold them to some arbitrary timetable and won’t judge them for not being “over it” yet. I strongly believe that is why this site continues to be one of the most powerful sources of support for the bereaved.
If you are past the first year of grief, feeling lost and looking for some direction, here is a list of some of the books I would recommend most highly to help you through (click on the book titles to read Amazon’s description and reviews of each). And certainly if you’ve found a book or article that you’ve found especially helpful, please share it with us in the Post a Comment section below!
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