Dealing with the pain and grief that comes after a loss—such as the death of a loved one, the end of a relationship, or a simple job loss—can be such a harrowing experience. But there is no escaping the roller-coaster of emotions. If you find yourself in a situation when you feel like there is no way to get back on your feet, know that you can have a friend and companion in a book, especially when you would rather not interact with another human being for the meantime to have quiet time all by yourself.
I am listing here my top recommended books for when you need time to heal and for helping you become grateful for the past while being hopeful for the future.
“Wishful Drinking” by Carrie Fisher
The actress who gave life to Princess Leia shares her personal life, including her struggles with substance addiction and manic depression, in this memoir published in 2008.
“When Breath Becomes Air” by Paul Kalanithi
This book documents the author’s journey from being a medical student to being a young neurosurgeon at Stanford, to facing the possibility of his own death after being diagnosed with terminal stage lung cancer.
“You Don’t Look Sick!” by Joy H. Selak and Steven S. Overman
Geared towards readers confronted with a chronic illness, Selak and Overman’s work is a self-help book that offers tips for patients on dealing with doctors, insurance companies, and other concerns from the moment they are diagnosed with a chronic disease.