If you’ve suffered the loss of a loved one, you might have noticed that you grieve in specific ways, perhaps different from how others around you dealt with the same loss. Susan Berger’s book The Five Ways We Grieve: Finding Your Personal Path to Healing after the Loss of a Loved One offers insight into the different ways people handle grieving, and gives helpful advice on the positive and negative aspects of each type and how to move forward.
I found the book particularly helpful in understanding how other people handle grief. The book includes a lot of examples of people the author interviewed who exhibit each type, which helped me see how different people handle things and what motivates them. I think I’m better equipped to understand how other people think and react in the face of grief now, and that will help me be more sympathetic and understanding myself.
The book does not have much of a spiritual angle – there is a chapter on people who deal with grief by becoming more spiritual, but it talks mostly about people who turn to eastern religions or vague spiritualism – and so I can’t really say I found it very prescriptive on how to handle loss. It is, however, very interesting and helpful from a purely psychological angle.
I’d recommend this book if
- You’re interested in how people think and behave.
- You or someone you’re close to has lost a loved one and you aren’t sure why you’re responding as you are.
- You deal in any way with fictional characters. I know that last bit sounds odd, but I couldn’t help but think as I read this book how differently the character in my novel deal with loss, and I got some ideas from it.
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