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We're chatting in the Village Square and sharing all of the grief books we've read and liked.  Better to have that take place here in the Forums so all will have access to it.  Please add your favorites and give a little review.

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Widows Wear Stilettos by Carole Brody Fleet

I'm Heeling one day at time by Carole Brody Fleet

A Grief, Observed by C.S. Lewis

Widows Wear Stilettos

I'm Heeling One Day at a Time

I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye



Not sure if this has been mentioned already, but I read "Being a Widow" by Lynn Caine.  It really helped me a LOT

Healing After Loss by Martha Whitmore Hickman (not widow specific, but very good)


The Empty Chair:  Handling Grief on Holidays and Special Occasions by Susan J. Zonnebel-Smeenge and Robert C. De Vries



"Healing a Spouse's Grieving Heart - 100 Practical Ideas After Your Husband or Wife Dies" by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.

This is an easy read for early after your loss when it's hard to concentrate for very long. Really good intro and the chapters are short, with a 'carpe diem' at the end of each chapter.  I found this one very helpful.


"The Alchemy of Loss: A Young Widow's Transformation" by Abigail Carter

I haven't finished this yet, but I'm really enjoying it.  Abby is a 9/11 widow and I met her here in the Widville chat room. She's also a speaker at Camp Widow.


"Seven Choices: Finding Daylight after Loss Shatters Your World" by Elizabeth Harper Neeld

I haven't finished this one yet either but it is good. It was recommended by the facilitator of the online bereavement group I'm in. She's also a widow and this is her favorite grief-related book.


"Traveling through Grief: Learning to Live Again after the Death of a Loved One" by Robert C. DeVries and Susan J. Zonnebelt-Smeenge

Very helpful for me. Focused on five tasks: accepting the reality of death; embracing the emotions associated with death; storing memories; separating yourself from the deceased; reinvesting fully in your own life.


I've been wanting to read Abby's book, might have to look for that one :)  Is she speaking again this year?

I know she will be there but I can't tell from the list of workshops currently listed at

Hope when we get to sign up for the workshops, they will list the speakers.  I asked Abby if her book would be available at CW and she said she hoped it would be. I decided I wanted to read it before CW, so I added it to my Kindle. I really like her writing, her honesty. And I would guess that you would find even more of a connection with being a young widow with young children.  I highly recommend it.

i'll see if I can get a sample on my kindle and read that to see if I like it :) Thanks dianne!!
I looked to see if her book was 'loanable' through Kindle but it isn't ... would have been happy to share with you once I finally finish reading it (I hate that it takes me 10 times longer to read a book now).

wait, how do you share on a kindle? thats awesome!!! I didnt know you could!!!


Here's a link to the page that explains it. I haven't tried it yet, and only a few of my Kindle books are 'loanable' ... it's up to the publisher.


Here's another spot you might be interested in. They also have a Facebook page.

thanks Dianne! I'll check those out :)



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