Top 10 Best Books to Read in Death & Grief - August 2021



Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Death & Grief. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. There's a Hole in my Bucket: A Journey of Two Brothers


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Death & Grief - August 2021

An inspirational, life-affirming memoir from the great-grandson of J.R.R. Tolkien. Having grown up on their great-grandfather’s stories, Royd Tolkien and his brother, Mike, have always enjoyed adventures. So when Mike is diagnosed with motor neurone disease, also known as ALS, the brothers decide to use the time they have left to tick off as much as possible from Mike’s bucket list, from remote camping in Norway to travelling through Royd’s beloved New Zealand. Yet, when Royd loses Mike, he discovers his brother had been writing another kind of bucket list: fifty things he wanted Royd to do after his death. His first task? Mike wants his mild-mannered brother to trip up on his way to the lectern to deliver his eulogy. What follows is a set of emotionally charged tests that will push Royd firmly out of his comfort zone. This is the story of Royd’s journey to accomplish a challenging, humorous, and often heartbreaking list of unknown tasks that chart the brothers’ lives from childhood to adulthood. But above all, it is a story of the sibling bond, of grief—and of treasuring every moment.

  • Author: Royd Tolkien
  • Publisher: Little A (August 1, 2021)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Parenting & Relationships

                 

2. Crying in H Mart: A Memoir


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Death & Grief - August 2021

From the indie rock star of Japanese Breakfast fame, and author of the viral 2018 New Yorker essay that shares the title of this book, an unflinching, powerful memoir about growing up Korean American, losing her mother, and forging her own identity. In this exquisite story of family, food, grief, and endurance, Michelle Zauner proves herself far more than a dazzling singer, songwriter, and guitarist. With humor and heart, she tells of growing up one of the few Asian-American kids at her school in Eugene, Oregon; of struggling with her mother's particular high expectations of her; of a painful adolescence; of treasured months spent in her grandmother's tiny apartment in Seoul, where she and her mother would bond, late at night, over heaping plates of food. As she grew up, moving to the East Coast for college, finding work in the restaurant industry, and performing gigs with her fledgling band - and meeting the man who would become her husband - her Korean-ness began to feel ever more distant, even as she found the life she wanted to live. It was her mother's diagnosis of terminal cancer, when Michelle was 25, that forced a reckoning with her identity and brought her to reclaim the gifts of taste, language, and history her mother had given her. Vivacious and plainspoken, lyrical and honest, Zauner's voice is as radiantly alive on the page as it is onstage. Rich with intimate anecdotes that will resonate widely, Crying in H Mart is a book to cherish, share, and enjoy many times.

  • Author: Michelle Zauner
  • Genre: Self-Help, Death & Grief, Grief & Bereavement

                 

3. It's OK That You're Not OK: Meeting Grief and Loss in a Culture That Doesn't Understand


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Death & Grief - August 2021

As seen in THE NEW YORK TIMES • READER'S DIGEST • SPIRITUALITY & HEALTH • HUFFPOST Featured on NPR's RADIO TIMES and WISCONSIN PUBLIC RADIO When a painful loss or life-shattering event upends your world, here is the first thing to know: there is nothing wrong with grief. "Grief is simply love in its most wild and painful form," says Megan Devine. "It is a natural and sane response to loss." So, why does our culture treat grief like a disease to be cured as quickly as possible? In It’s OK That You’re Not OK, Megan Devine offers a profound new approach to both the experience of grief and the way we try to help others who have endured tragedy. Having experienced grief from both sides―as both a therapist and as a woman who witnessed the accidental drowning of her beloved partner―Megan writes with deep insight about the unspoken truths of loss, love, and healing. She debunks the culturally prescribed goal of returning to a normal, "happy" life, replacing it with a far healthier middle path, one that invites us to build a life alongside grief rather than seeking to overcome it. In this compelling and heartful book, you’ll learn: • Why well-meaning advice, therapy, and spiritual wisdom so often end up making it harder for people in grief • How challenging the myths of grief―doing away with stages, timetables, and unrealistic ideals about how grief should unfold―allows us to accept grief as a mystery to be honored instead of a problem to solve • Practical guidance for managing stress, improving sleep, and decreasing anxiety without trying to "fix" your pain • How to help the people you love―with essays to teach us the best skills, checklists, and suggestions for supporting and comforting others through the grieving process Many people who have suffered a loss feel judged, dismissed, and misunderstood by a culture that wants to "solve" grief. Megan writes, "Grief no more needs a solution than love needs a solution." Through stories, research, life tips, and creative and mindfulness-based practices, she offers a unique guide through an experience we all must face―in our personal lives, in the lives of those we love, and in the wider world. It’s OK That You’re Not OK is a book for grieving people, those who love them, and all those seeking to love themselves―and each other―better.

  • Author: Megan Devine
  • Publisher: Sounds True, Inc.; 1st edition (October 1, 2017)
  • Genre: Self-Help, Death & Grief
  • ISBN: 978-1622039074
  • Dimensions: 5.33 x 0.78 x 8.03 inches

                 

4. Don't Give the Enemy a Seat at Your Table: It's Time to Win the Battle of Your Mind...


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Death & Grief - August 2021

Discover how to break free from the chains of negative thinking and experience true freedom from unhealthy thoughts and emotions.   The Enemy is constantly seeking to fill your mind with destructive and harmful thoughts—whether of fear, worry, insecurity, anxiety, temptation, envy. . . . It’s all too easy for Satan to manipulate his way into a seat at the table intended for only you and Jesus, and to try making himself at home in your mind. It’s an ongoing battle, but one you can win!  In Don’t Give the Enemy a Seat at Your Table , bestselling author and pastor Louie Giglio shares practical ways to overcome the Enemy’s lies and instead find peace and security in any challenging circumstance or situation. By drawing from Psalm 23 as a framework, he offers biblical insight on how to . . . Cancel the lies that will wreck your life. Take empowering steps to live fully alive in Christ. Stop the spiral of shame, temptation, and insecurity. Restore peace and rest in your life. Embrace the true purpose behind your journey through challenging circumstances. Break free from the endless cycle of destructive thinking. You can find freedom from the war inside your mind—if you allow Jesus, the Good Shepherd, to lead the battle. Learn how to find encouragement, hope, and strength no matter what valleys you face. It’s time to reject the lies and listen to the truth.

  • Author: Louie Giglio
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (May 11, 2021)
  • Genre: Christian Books & Bibles, Bible Study & Reference
  • ISBN: 978-0785247227
  • Dimensions: 5.75 x 1 x 8.28 inches

                 

5. Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson, 20th Anniversary Edition


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Death & Grief - August 2021

A special 20th anniversary edition of the beloved international bestseller that changed millions of lives Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher, or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, helped you see the world as a more profound place, gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it. For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly twenty years ago. Maybe, like Mitch, you lost track of this mentor as you made your way, and the insights faded, and the world seemed colder. Wouldn't you like to see that person again, ask the bigger questions that still haunt you, receive wisdom for your busy life today the way you once did when you were younger? Mitch Albom had that second chance. He rediscovered Morrie in the last months of the older man's life. Knowing he was dying, Morrie visited with Mitch in his study every Tuesday, just as they used to back in college. Their rekindled relationship turned into one final “class”: lessons in how to live. Tuesdays with Morrie is a magical chronicle of their time together, through which Mitch shares Morrie's lasting gift with the world.

  • Author: Mitch Albom
  • Publisher: Crown; Anniversary, Reprint edition (October 8, 2002)
  • Genre: Self-Help, Death & Grief
  • ISBN: 978-0767905923
  • Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.59 x 7.3 inches

                 



6. You Can Heal Your Life


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Death & Grief - August 2021

Louise L. Hay, bestselling author, is an internationally known leader in the self-help field. Her key message is: "If we are willing to do the mental work, almost anything can be healed." The author has a great deal of experience and firsthand information to share about healing, including how she cured herself after being diagnosed with cancer. An excerpt from You Can Heal Your Life: " Life Is Really Very Simple. What We Give Out, We Get Back What we think about ourselves becomes the truth for us. I believe that everyone, myself included, is responsible for everything in our lives, the best and the worst. Every thought we think is creating our future. Each one of us creates our experiences by our thoughts and our feelings. The thoughts we think and the words we speak create our experiences."

  • Author: Louise Hay
  • Publisher: Hay House Inc.; Illustrated edition (January 1, 1984)
  • Genre: Self-Help, Relationships
  • ISBN: 978-0937611012
  • Dimensions: 5.38 x 0.67 x 8.38 inches

                 

7. Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Death & Grief - August 2021

Named a Best Book of the Year by The Washington Post , The New York Times Book Review , NPR, and Chicago Tribune, now in paperback with a new reading group guide Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming the dangers of childbirth, injury, and disease from harrowing to manageable. But when it comes to the inescapable realities of aging and death, what medicine can do often runs counter to what it should. Through eye-opening research and gripping stories of his own patients and family, Gawande reveals the suffering this dynamic has produced. Nursing homes, devoted above all to safety, battle with residents over the food they are allowed to eat and the choices they are allowed to make. Doctors, uncomfortable discussing patients' anxieties about death, fall back on false hopes and treatments that are actually shortening lives instead of improving them. In his bestselling books, Atul Gawande, a practicing surgeon, has fearlessly revealed the struggles of his profession. Here he examines its ultimate limitations and failures―in his own practices as well as others'―as life draws to a close. Riveting, honest, and humane, Being Mortal shows how the ultimate goal is not a good death but a good life―all the way to the very end.

  • Author: Atul Gawande
  • Publisher: Picador; 1st edition (September 1, 2017)
  • Genre: Medical Books, Administration & Medicine Economics
  • ISBN: 978-1250076229
  • Dimensions: 5.51 x 0.81 x 8.27 inches

                 

8. The Beauty of What Remains: How Our Greatest Fear Becomes Our Greatest Gift


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Death & Grief - August 2021

The national bestseller   From the author of the bestselling More Beautiful Than Before comes an inspiring book about loss based on his most popular sermon. As the senior rabbi of one of the largest synagogues in the world, Steve Leder has learned over and over again the many ways death teaches us how to live and love more deeply by showing us not only what is gone but also the beauty of what remains. This inspiring and comforting book takes us on a journey through the experience of loss that is fundamental to everyone. Yet even after having sat beside thousands of deathbeds, Steve Leder the rabbi was not fully prepared for the loss of his own father. It was only then that Steve Leder the son truly learned how loss makes life beautiful by giving it meaning and touching us with love that we had not felt before. Enriched by Rabbi Leder's irreverence, vulnerability, and wicked sense of humor, this heartfelt narrative is filled with laughter and tears, the wisdom of millennia and modernity, and, most of all, an unfolding of the profound and simple truth that in loss we gain more than we ever imagined.

  • Author: Steve Leder
  • Publisher: Avery (January 5, 2021)
  • Genre: Self-Help, Death & Grief
  • ISBN: 978-0593187555
  • Dimensions: 5.23 x 0.8 x 7.27 inches

                 

9. Healing After Loss: Daily Meditations For Working Through Grief


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Death & Grief - August 2021

The classic guide for dealing with grief and loss For those who have suffered the loss of a loved one, here are thoughtful words to strengthen, inspire and comfort.

  • Author: Martha Whitmore Hickman
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; 1st edition (December 1, 1994)
  • Genre: Self-Help, Relationships
  • Dimensions: 4 x 0.96 x 6 inches

                 

10. Mortuary Confidential:: Undertakers Spill the Dirt


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Death & Grief - August 2021

From scary to heartwarming and hilarious, an assortment of behind-the-scenes, true stories about life as an undertaker. From shoot-outs at funerals to dead men screaming and runaway corpses, undertakers have plenty of unusual stories to tell—and a special way of telling them. In this macabre and moving compilation, funeral directors across the country share their most embarrassing, jaw-dropping, irreverent, and deeply poignant stories about life at death’s door. Discover what scares them and what moves them to tears. Learn about rookie mistakes and why death sometimes calls for duct tape. Enjoy tales of the dearly departed spending eternity naked from the waist down and getting bottled and corked—in a wine bottle. And then meet their families—the weepers, the punchers, the stolidly dignified, and the ones who deliver their dead mother in a pickup truck. If there’s one thing undertakers know, it’s that death drives people crazy. These are the best “bodies of work” from America’s darkest profession. Praise for Mortuary Confidential “As unpredictable and lively as a bunch of drunks at a New Orleans funeral.” —Joe R. Lansdale, author of Moon Lake “Sick, funny, and brilliant! I love this book.” —Jonathan Maberry, author of Ink “McKenzie and Harra keep us reading because these true mortuary tales are poignant—and suddenly, gaspingly, in-your-face funny.” — Booklist

  • Author: Todd Harra
  • Publisher: Citadel Press (April 15, 2010)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Biographies & Memoirs