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How can books and recordings on bereavement help me cope with grief?

Sometimes grief can make you feel terribly alone. No one seems to grasp what you're going through. The fog won't lift. Sleep is irregular, your appetite is gone, and your mind seems to have slowed. At any moment, your emotions may seem crushing or perversely out of whack with what you think you ought to feel. Newfound fears and erratic moods may prompt you to wonder about your mental health.

At such moments, good books and recordings on bereavement provide a safe, nonjudgmental haven. They spell out typical courses of grief and present coping strategies for you to try. Stories shared by others who have gone through this before you can be comforting and inspiring. You can pick up a book when you feel the urge and drop it again when you don't. Listening to CDs is especially helpful when you can't seem to focus or take in information. Best of all, you can reread or replay relevant portions as often as you wish.

If friends or family members have been bereaved, ask them to suggest books or CDs that they found helpful. Other good sources of suggestions are organizations that help the bereaved, hospice or grief counselors, and support groups.

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