By Rebecca Renner
January 16, 2019
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When you lose a loved one, it can feel like the world is closing in around you and that no one understands quite what you’re going through. Many people have suffered that kind of loss, and some have put those strong emotions to use by writing good books to read about grief. Loss has helped fuel art and literature through the ages. Poets from Edgar Allan Poe to Robert Frost have commemorated their feelings about death and lost loved ones in verse.

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Scientists have also studied the effects of grief. Some theorize that we experience grief in stages, which you will be able to understand better by reading about them in a narrative. People who are grieving deny the loss that happened, get angry, or become depressed. Experiencing grief through someone else’s eyes, however, might help you process your emotions—or at least give you a little reassurance that you’re not alone.

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Because of this, the “grief memoir” is a popular genre. In grief memoirs, the author narrates the events of their loss and what they did to weather their grief. Some narrators make drastic changes in their lives, like traveling across the world. Others become more introspective, go to therapy, or develop new relationships to fill the voice left by the old one that is no more.

Still other authors use grief to power their fiction. The loss of a loved one remains a staple in many genres, from literary fiction to romance, because we as readers can relate to the experience so strongly.

Books about grief can offer refuge and guidance to help you endure, but more importantly, they’ll remind you that you’re not alone. Pick up one of these titles to join an author in his or her healing or experience the emotional release of mourning with the characters in a novel. Whatever kind of book you choose, it will remind you that we’re all together in learning to live again after a loss.

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