About This Book

Grieving is a process everyone goes through in their own way. It often feels overwhelming and as if the sorrow will never end. While the hurt and sadness never completely fade, it eases with time. This collection of emotional and inspirational stories will provide comfort and peace to those mourning the loss of someone close. Others who have lost a loved one share their stories of what helped, offering guidance and support. With its stories of regaining strength, appreciating life, coping, and faith, this book will help ease the journey to healing.

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Five Tips to Help You through the Grieving Process

Inspired by Chicken Soup for the Soul: Grieving and Recovery

By Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and Amy Newmark

Losing a loved one is painful and can be overwhelming. The journey to healing and recovering takes time and everyone goes through the grieving process their own way. Here are some tips to help you cope, regain strength, and find comfort and peace, from people who have already gone through the grieving and recovery process themselves.

1. Ask for help. Friends, co-workers, and relatives may not know how to treat you. Don’t be afraid to let them know what you need and how you want them to talk to you about your loss. After Beverly Walker lost her son in an auto accident, she wrote a poem in which she asked people to be patient with her and accept that she would never be the same person she was before. She warned that she might cry when hearing a certain song or smelling her son’s favorite grilled cheese, but she also advised that it would be okay to mention her son’s name and talk about her loss. She asked friends to be there for her should she need a shoulder to cry on or someone to listen.

2. Let yourself laugh. Since her husband Paul’s passing, Bettie Wailes found herself numb, without the energy to do many normal things. She and her husband used to do everything together, including grocery shopping. It was their shared adventure where they’d have fun joking and playing around. Bettie couldn’t face going back to the store without him and she was out of food. The day she went to pick up Paul’s ashes, Bettie enlisted a friend to accompany her. Her friend suggested they take Paul shopping with them, so they wheeled his ashes around the store with them, finally dissolving into laughter over the absurdity of the situation. Letting herself laugh was Bettie’s first step on the road to recovery and a wonderful attitude adjustment for her.

3. Remember your loved one is always with you. Sally Schwartz Friedman mourned her mother’s passing deeply — they were so much alike and talked every day. Unexpectedly she’d be overcome with tears when asked about her mom, remembering her scent and her voice. Sally felt guilty and wondered if she’d done enough and been a good daughter. Over time and through her journey of grieving and acceptance, Sally has learned to absorb her loss and came to understand that she would always be "Lillian’s daughter" and that her mother would always be a part of her and a presence in her life.

4. Find a new path. After the sudden loss of his wife, Larry Agresto knew he needed to find a new path for himself and his daughters. He was terrified and prayed for divine guidance, courage and strength. He made it a point to be there for his girls, to do things together, share and talk. When his daughters returned to school after their mother’s passing, they met sisters who had also recently lost their mom. Larry thought he should reach out to their father and then decided to start a support group for other widowers. His journey of healing and self-reflection eventually led him to walk away from corporate America to focus on his new career helping others as a Life Coach.

5. Listen to your dreams. Over a six-year period, Joseph Kruger lost his brother and two friends. After each person’s passing, Joseph had a dream in which he saw that person in what he would consider "heaven" for that loved one. In his dreams Joseph saw his brother happily on stage in front of a large crowd in a theater; he saw his friend who always wanted to be a famous performer surrounded by an entourage; and he saw his other friend striking out batters as a pitcher in Yankee Stadium. Although Joseph considered himself a "crisis Catholic," who only believed and prayed during critical times, these events caused him to reconsider the prospect of an afterlife and gave him meaningful comfort.

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