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Healing After Loss: Daily Meditations For Working Through Grief

4.49  ·  Rating details ·  1,536 ratings  ·  127 reviews
The classic guide for dealing with grief and loss

For those who have suffered the loss of a loved one, here are thoughtful words to strengthen, inspire and comfort.
Paperback, 384 pages
Published December 1st 1994 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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Laura Bullock Yes I recommend it. It is a daily devotional you can read anywhere on whatever day you start. It helped me immensely deal with grief after losing my M…moreYes I recommend it. It is a daily devotional you can read anywhere on whatever day you start. It helped me immensely deal with grief after losing my Mom.(less)

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Tonya Wertman
Jan 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-grief-journey
Three months ago I lost my both of my parents suddenly and tragically to carbon monoxide poisoning. It was a devastating loss and I have yet to find peace, but I bought this book for myself and as I read the daily meditations, I am provided with hope and comfort.

The passages are very deep and realistic, written by someone who has suffered a tremendous loss as well.

I hope I continue to gain comfort from this bedside companion.
Judith Praag
Mar 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is the kind of book that continues giving. I added it to the list of books that brought solace during period of grief and mourning after my baby had died at birth in 1993 and the following four miscarriages. There's nothing like recognition of what you've gone through/ are going through yourself... And nothing like a writer who knows what will really help. Little things that help one center and come back to the core. ...more
Feb 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Hard to believe a year has passed since I lost my soulmate.

This book, with one meditation for each day, helped me so much. Given to me by a dear friend, I didn't expect to relate to it as much as I did. The author wrote this book after her daughter died. It's not super religious. Rather, it deals with what the person grieving is feeling. Sometimes I feel so out of sync. Inevitably the meditation for that day would describe just what I felt. I'm thinking of starting it again.

I highly recommend
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received this book in September 2017, a few weeks after my eldest son Joshua passed away. My best friend living in Canada sent it by post. I have read it twice times now. in 2019 I read it everyday without fail. Martha has a gentle way with words, each day's meditation opens up the heart to healing step by step. and i love how intuitively she places words on pages under days that comfort when i fall back into hopelessness and sorrow. i would recommend this even if you aren't suffering loss, yo ...more
Dec 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I bought this book after my mom passed away. It has been the toughest thing that I’ve ever been through. This book has daily meditations to help with grieving. It has helped.
Awilk -never sleeps-
Not a book that needs rating. If you are reading this you are going through hard times, and this may help you.
Aug 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Best grief related devotional I'v ever found. It is fantastic. Full of awesome quotes. So affirming in so many ways. ...more
Naomi Farley
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This isn’t really a book you finish. You keep it near you and read it over and over, sometimes you stay on one page for days...comforting. A book I gave and was given.
Amanda Hupe
Dec 28, 2021 added it
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Christina Erickson
This was given to me after my dad passed away and it was a very comforting daily read. The meditations are short, realistic, and encouraging. It’s incredibly relatable to a person going through daily grief.

It’s easy to keep up with and check off. I’ve already given it to several people and have the book all highlighted with my favorite reminders. Some days I was so tired from all of my emotions and processing and it was incredibly encouraging to know that reading one of these was something I cou
Nathan Miller
Mar 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
Several years ago, when my grandmother died, my mother gave copies of this book to me and my younger brother. We'd both been very close to Grandma. I wound up processing my grief in my own way and more or less getting on with it. Then, exactly a year ago, my brother died, and that hit me like a sack of bricks. So I dusted off my copy and read an entry every day (except when I doubled up following backpacking trips). Written by a woman whose young daughter died, the pages are filled with thoughts ...more
Vona Stewart
Mar 16, 2021 rated it did not like it
There are some nice things in here, but unfortunately those nice things are overshadowed by insidious grief shaming.

I recommend Megan Devine’s “It’s OK That You’re Not OK” instead.
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a great book for grieving after a loss in your life of a dear one. There are thoughtful and comforting words which bring strength to a person. I enjoyed reading this and then started again on the Daily Meditation for each day and it is very comforting. Thanks to my sister's gift to me-- after the loss on my dear loving significant other/boyfriend, a caring wonderful loving man, who I miss very much.
He passed away suddenly on his way to my house one evening with a heart attack. We had spo
Apr 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm technically currently reading this but I'm reviewing it now because I'm getting so much out of it. It's a book of daily meditations for those who have lost someone and I've been reading a few in the morning and evening. The author lost her daughter and I'm finding her insights to be so relatable and so profound. She puts into words things I'm feeling but can't quite articulate, so that when I read certain passages I think, "Yes - exactly!" and she is also giving me greater understanding of s ...more
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Because this is a book of daily devotionals, I'm reading it continuously, every single day. I bought it at a Jesuit retreat center last year, and it has brought me immense comfort after the death of my beloved mother last summer. And I will continue to read it as I go forward. I cannot recommend this tiny book highly enough to anyone who has suffered the loss of a loved one--and that pretty much includes every single one of us. ...more
B Sherburn LaBelle
This was recommended by my doctor. On bad days it was comforting to read.
Patrice Kumaran
Aug 27, 2022 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
This is not a book that you read from beginning to end. You start where you are, as it is daily, dated, meditations.

I lost my husband 7+ years ago. I began attending a grief support group 6 weeks later. It was a tremendous help in the first 18 months of grief. Books were recommended, but I could never bring myself to read about grief, fearing that it would be too painful.

A few months ago I began attending a different grief group (I had moved to a different state). More than one person suggeste
Mar 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
I bought this last winter (early 2020) in a daze and read it over the course of several months, not following the schedule and inhaling weeks or months at a time. Mine has the more modern cover with the calmer font.. I had low expectations of the random book I found at the bookstore but it was clearly put together by someone who felt the loss of a loved one very deeply and very thoughtfully. I appreciate what this book has to offer to those working through their grief. It is pocket sized and can ...more
Paula Cox
Jun 09, 2022 rated it it was amazing
This book that was given to me by my friends mother, really did help me get through some of the grieving process. It reminds us that it is okay to laugh at something funny, it also reminds us that we are all going to grieve differently so not to expect the same things from everyone.
Andrea Lorenz
Truly a fantastic resource for anyone who is grieving.
Betsy Williams
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
After losing my daughter, this book has been the most helpful of the books I've been given. It is a daily guide with small manageable thoughts to help the grieving person get through. I'm grateful to have found it and keep it on my nightstand. ...more
Tom Mobley
Jan 12, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: religon
When my mom passed back in Dec of 2020 a good friend of mine Brenden Clinton sent me a care package of soup, cookies and this book.

Last year was a hard year for me, perhaps I spent to much of it in grief. But this book helped me process it and not become to overwhelmed by it.

I'd also say that it helped me provide closure to the loss of my mom, my "dad" and my dear student. Or if not closure, at least it helped me get to the point where I know that I am not alone and I have been able to put the l
Becca Messman
Jan 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
By far, the best book for someone coping with heartbreak and loss. Short chapters that don't mince words or skim the surface. I was prepared for fluff but was dazzled with depth. ...more
Danielle Mootz
Jun 13, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Jul 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book was recommended to me by a friend whose husband had died; she found that this little book with its daily readings provided comfort and didn’t require too much sustained concentration. I like it for those reasons, too. It is not accurate to say that I have “finished” this book since I intend to keep using it in the months ahead, and yet I feel that I can rate it already since it is a “day by day” book of support and inspiration for a time of grief and loss.
Araminta Matthews
Mar 25, 2018 rated it liked it
This offers a vast series of insights into healing the grief of major loss. Since this is something all of humanity can share, there are a lot of relatable gems in here. I appreciated it for what it was.
Jan 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This book was one of the reasons I made it through the hardest part of my grief...
Jan 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I have read this book several times and continue to read excerpts from it over and over. It speaks to me. It comforts me.
Jul 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: inspirational
This little companion helped me get through a very tough time in my life when I was dealing with profound grief and pain.
Chris Yavelow
Feb 25, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: grief
Good for seeing the approaches to grief from many different faiths or lacks thereof. Most of the authors of these one page reflections are quite well known.
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