Enough people have asked me how they can support a friend through a loss that I figure it warrants a series of posts with my answer. To start, here are some books and resources that have given me perspective (read: kept me sane!) after Maverick died.
- Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy – Book by Sheryl Sandberg– The Facebook COO’s story after losing her husband unexpectedly. This is the only book on grief that didn’t sound like it would make me even sadder.
- OptionB.org– The community based on the book. It includes resources for supporting someone else experiencing loss.
- Walking With God Through Pain and Suffering– Book by Tim Keller– Tim’s approach is very thorough and intellectual.
- The Upside of Stress: Why Stress Is Good for You, and How to Get Good at It– Book Kelly McGonical- Dr. McGonical analyzes the physiological and psychological ways we respond to stress. She also has a TED talk.
- 1,000 Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are– Book by Ann Voskamp– A great tool for practicing gratitude. I read the original, gave my copy (and 2 others) of it away, and am working through the devotional version.
- The Way of Abundance: A 60 Day Journey Into A Deeply Meaningful Life- Devotional by Ann Voskamp– I’ve been listening to it on Audible.com–especially before bed–as reminder that abundance comes out of brokenness.
- Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence– Devotional by Sarah Young– Beautiful reminders not to freak out, of Who is really in charge.
- Reclaiming the Lost Art of Biblical Meditation– Book by Robert J. Morgan– This book explains the daily practice that is the source of my strength.
- Empty Cradle San Diego– Steve and I attended a few of the grief groups to help me find community when I felt isolated during my second pregnancy.
- HopeMommies.org– A faith-based resource for those who have lost a baby.
Question: Are you familiar with any of these resources? Any pique your interest?